Fine Art Painting and Design Process | Hand Painted Ukulele Art

Hawaiian Owl

It started with a painting and my passion for playing the ukulele!

One day while practicing, I thought my older uke looked kind of dull. It was a cheaper model I had purchased before knowing how much I would fall in love with the instrument and want to continue developing my skills. I thought, what would be more beautiful than a Hawaiian painted ukulele?! Beside that, the Barn Owl is one of only TWO native owls to Hawaii and would make a perfect accomplice to my floral instrument. I started by giving the painting (above) a go on canvas, to get color palates and ideas down. With the painting being a success, I carefully moved it over to my uke by first sketching out and laying down the design.

Stay “tuned” this week for the finished project and official photos (and maybe a short video of some music)!

You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

Conceptual Beauty

This is the image that sparked this blog:

storm-dance-ii

For more of my fine art photo work check out http://www.aliciaannphoto.com/fine-art-photo/

Thanks for reading!

Alicia

Harry Potter Design Challenge!

Trying to keep my workflow coming in and my skills sharp, what better way to do that than to illustrate Harry Potter characters! This series has enchanted me since I was a teenager and the stories never get old. Here are my first three illustrations I have done in the challenge and they are Hedwig, Draco Malfoy and Padma and Parvati Patil! I want to start to lean some digital painting and strengthen my vector illustration skills with these characters. Right now the characters are being designed to reflect year 1 at Hogwarts, during Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.

I’m still in the process of finding my illustrative “style”so it will be interesting to see it evolve!

All the Beautiful Things

Hello!! This is my first blog post about my art, so let me introduce myself! My name is Alicia, and I am an artist and photographer residing in beautiful Rhode Island. Much of my art is inspired by nature, it’s animal inhabitants and the ocean. Growing up minutes from the beach, it was always a huge influence and way of relaxing when I was stressed.
Art, to myself and many others, is about encouraging emotion. Step outside and take a look around you….no, really, look! What do you see and hear? The sound of birds, the crashing of the waves, the wind through the trees, people passing by, each one with a unique and hidden story to tell. This is what ignites my passion for art and creating!

I started drawing and painting as a child, and my love of photography grew from that while in school. My work is inspired by nature, wildlife, tranquility, and artistic expression of dance and yoga. I create because I want to share all of these things that inspire me, with other people. When someone looks at my work, I want them to feel like they are there, surrounded by natures beauty. We spend too much time indoors stuck in offices, and I create to break free from that!
So embrace it! Captivate your senses, feel that ocean breeze, look for that owl high in the tree, feel the tranquility of lakeside yoga. Because life is a journey, too beautiful to miss.
And that is what I hope to bring to my viewers with my art!
Alicia