Saturday, April 30, 2016

Alishea's Art Giveaway Time!

***Giveaway Now CLOSED***
  1. Crookshanks (Hermione Granger)
  2. Aragog (Rubeus Hagrid)
  3. Norbert (Technically Norberta, and she was given to Rubeus Hagrid as an egg by Professor Quirrell, but is being raised by Charlie Weasley)
  4. Trevor (Neville Longbottom)
  5. Scabbers aka Wormtail aka Peter Pettigrew ( As a rat he belonged to Percy Weasley, then Ron Weasley, but one could argue he truly belonged to the Dark Lord) 
  6. Hedwig (Harry Potter)
  7. Mrs. Norris (Argus Filch)
  8. Fang (Rubeus Hagrid)

Thank you to all you Muggles following my art journey! (I remember when I was excited about 25 followers! Lol!) I appreciate all of you & have a lot of new stuff I’ll be posting over the next few months…finally, right?!
Yadda, yadda…✨ Art Giveaway Time!!!! ✨
I’ll mail a watercolor postcard of my first piece of Harry Potter Fan Art to the first person to correctly name all 8 of these HP pets! (Bonus points if you can name the character each one belongs to!)
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You have until 9¾pm (Pacific Standard Time) on May 1st to participate…"If chosen, you stand alone.” - Dumbledore
*If you are outside to'll be one of those magical email postcards.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Curiouser & Curiouser part 2: Queen of Hearts

My Queen of Hearts piece was a complicated one. I love this crazy, bossy, regal and quick tempered character from Alice in Wonderland.

When starting a character design, I first start with reference. You can check out all my reference for the whole show & my personal pieces on my pinterest board:

It's good to cast a wide net at first, then narrow it down. Here's a sample of my reference:
I like to find historical reference first, then branch out to art history, fashion designers, films, etc. It's important to branch out of just looking at animation & illustration and pull from solid reference & make it personal if you can. My Queen's expression is a spot on representation of a particular family member (who I won't name publicly) who's got this fierce look when something's out of sorts.

Once I have some reference I start sketching. And sketching. And sketching some more. Don't be precious, this is the step to go down all the rabbit holes and extract what makes you happy. Here's a small sample of my sketches. I always keep a sketchbook with me, but if I don't have it, I'll use whatever's available- post-its, napkins, Starbucks cups, toilet paper. haha


Once I found a design I liked, I did a final sketch on tracing paper and used it as my template.

Once I planned out the layers & colors, I began cutting, painting and gettin' messy.

 Here's a detail of the painted face. This is about the size of a quarter...maybe slightly bigger. I'm a mixed media artist, so I like to mash up watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil & ink.

After my paper layers are all painted, I paint the background of my box, let dry and start pouring resin as the first layer. This way my character will cast a shadow and feel more dimensional.

Can't forget to seal the painted papers pieces! The resin will drastically change the color of colored paper. Modpodge seems to work fine for me for now.

Keep layering paint, paper, and resin...

Then after weeks and weeks...the final result is a resin portrait of the Queen of Hearts.

(It looks so much better in person.)

I'm still experimenting with this medium, so sorry I didn't recommend any specific products or get too specific with my process. I've tested many, and found the longer drying resins seem to be the clearest. I've discovered that patience is the key word for this medium.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Curiouser & Curiouser part 1

Last CTNX (2014) I met Casey Robin Neale and we immediately hit it off over her series of Alice in Wonderland drawings she had on her table. I had been experimenting with characters in teacups and wanted to do a series for Alice in Wonderland. We brought the idea to Tina Price, head of CTNX & Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, California. The show launches November 6th, 2015!

Here are some sketches I made to sprinkle throughout the Curiouser & Curiouser Art Book.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New mermaids

Some new mermaids for my etsy shop. Still revamping the shop. Updates soon.
#mermaids #alishea #art

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I really do not update this blog very much anymore.

I mostly update my instagram:
and sometimes my tumblr:

Anyhoo... here's a mermaid!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Painting Tutorial

As a big, whopping THANK YOU to the 1,000+ lovely folks who are now following me on Facebook, I made you all a tutorial of my painting process.

The video has no sound, it just shows my painting from start to finish, speed style.

I actually only used 3 different brushes in photoshop:

  1. One for the thinner lines, 
  2. one that gives a ragged edge/pencil look 
  3. one that's a fatty brush for shading.  

Here's the breakdown:
1. Sketching in Photoshop

2. Knock out the larger shapes' local colors

 3. Use either clipping masks or layer locks to add highlights/shadows.

 4. Continue add local colors & shading with small shapes

 5. Add in the tinier details like the little flowers, steam, etc.

 6. Add finishing touches like facial features, etc.

Here's the video:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall 2014

A lot has happened in these past few months. Here's a few pieces of art I've been neglecting to share:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Orange Showgirl

Orange is today’s #7daysofcolor! Can’t go wrong with feathers & pearls.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nike, Goddess of Victory

An actual sketch for  
I imagine the goddess of victory would be the best poker player.

acid free toned paper, blue and white watercolor pencils, ink and water.

Recent Sketches

This one was done for sketch dailies on twitter.