Thursday, March 20, 2014

Royal Jelly

Some quick character studies based off of the odd family in Roald Dahl's short story, Royal Jelly.

Character Design Notes:
Since the story has a bee theme, I started with the dad, Albert. I wanted him to resemble a large bumble bee. He's also kinda shady, so I gave him moth antennae like brows and a 5 o'clock shadow.  Since bumble bees are attracted to flowers, I wanted the wife to resemble a flower. Also, when doing a 50's bee story, you cannot pass up the opportunity to give your characters a beehive hair do! heehee. Since the baby is a mutant, I figured she wouldn't mind have wings on her bum. Makes her all the more cute!

Story's summary:
"Royal Jelly" is a story about the Taylor family: Albert, Mabel, and their newborn baby daughter. Mabel is frightened because the child won't eat and has been losing weight since birth. Albert, a beekeeper, devises a novel solution by adding royal jelly, used to make bee larvae grow, to the baby's milk. The baby begins to drink ravenously, getting fatter. Albert admits to putting royal jelly in their daughter's milk, and Mabel tells him to stop. However, despite his wife's wishes, Albert continues to add royal jelly to his daughter's milk, resulting in her growing larger. Finally Albert admits that he himself ate royal jelly in an effort to increase his fertility, which obviously worked as their daughter was conceived soon after. Mabel realizes how much her husband resembles a gigantic bee, and their daughter looks like nothing but a big grub. At the end of the story, Albert says, "Why don't you cover her up, Mabel? We don't want our little queen to catch a cold."


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Character Sketches for the Lil Red & the Lazy Coyote

Character sketches for Lil Red.

Character sketches of Grams for the Lil Red & the Lazy Coyote iPad book. I ended up going with the top left design to explore more.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bear on Bart

Anyone else feel like commuting can be a grizzly experience? Sometimes it's downright unbearable.
Stole the photo from google images & forgot to grab credits.

Another one of my photo bomb doodles. 

In other news...our first iPad book is almost ready for release in the App store! AHHHHH YEAH! 
More on that soon!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cat on SF Golden Gate Bridge

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. 
- Carl Sandburg

Photo from
I like this painting on photos thing. It's kinda fun. I wonder what else I can do with it....hmm...

Sketch Dailies

Okay, really, it's like Sketch Weeklies for me. Haha

Here's what I've been doing since hopping on the Sketch Dailies bandwagon.

Robin Hood probably had to pick a wedgie or two.

 Baby eating Baba Yaga
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!

A griffin flying under the influence.

Japanese style Ursula, the sea witch.

© Alishea Gibson 2014

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tweeting Robin Hood

This is my 1st  post featuring a wedgie-pickin 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Art tutorial

 If you haven’t seen the gorgeous photos on go now! He’s an incredibly talented photographer who I’ve snagged this lovely photo from for a snoozing dragon doodle.
Probably spent a little over an hour because I didn't have a super clear idea before I started so I got stuck/sidetracked around step 5/6. haha
Still not sure I'm sold on the lens flare filter. Not totally sure it adds or detracts.

I started doodling on photos recently...It's an "art kick" I'm going through I guess :)
I used to doodle in magazines all the time as a teenager. So I might be returning to that a bit here.'s a peek at my process. Nothin' super-top-secret. Feel free to send me questions! 
Everything is done in photoshop CS6. I've used a few different brushes & a concrete texture.

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