Thursday, August 18, 2016

Auntie Claus

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to design for a feature film project by Athena Studios titled Auntie Clausbased off original story by Elise Primavera. Below is a selection of my work.

A very early idea I pitched about how mail gets to the North Pole and the styling of animals.

Mr. Pudding is the head elf at the North Pole and Auntie Claus's right hand. I had fun designing for his uptight, law enforcing hall monitor type character.

This character was the villain of the story, Ted.  
Don't be fooled by his jolly exterior, there's darkness just underneath the surface.

The Yule Lads are a ragtag group of Icelandic trolls who wreak havoc on the North Pole and help the main villain carrying out his schemes. They lie, cheat and steal and have a blast doing it.

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I like to find historical reference first, then branch out to art history, fashion designers, films, etc.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!

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:

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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lil Red FREE for a limited time

Lil Red and the Lazy Coyote interactive iPad app...FREE for a limited time only!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sketch Dailies

 Goldilocks & the 3 bears

Lady of the Lake

Both done in Adobe Photoshop.

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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.