Friday, September 30, 2011

Irrational Fears

©Alishea Gibson 2011
Some fears are irrational. Even though we know they are irrational, we still feel like running for our lives in the face of it.

Thought I'd try using patterns for a change. Pretty fun.
( p.s. I don't own the copyrights to the patterns! )

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spare a Square UCBUGG

©Alishea Gibson 2011
New character designs & turnarounds for characters in a new project that I am working on! (If you haven't notice, it's monster themed! Yay!)

See the film on youtube or my blog. Click here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


My movie has been allowed to be voted for!!!!
Go vote and help me win 5,000!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Sometimes a Cigar is just a Cigar."

©Alishea Gibson 2011
I am posting my progression of the longest painting I've done this year. Even though it took me only about a week to complete, the amount of hours I toiled over it was ridiculous. All I can say is......Thank God for Deadlines! I could probably meticulously work on this piece for another week if it wasn't due for a critique first thing in the a.m.

I've learned so much from this one painting:
1. Skin sucks to paint when you don't know what the f* you're doing. (A Big thanks to my instructor for hooking me up with another painter whose specialty was portraiture. Amazing what a 15min conversation and portfolio flip through can do for you!)
2. Smoke isn't as scary as I thought it'd be. Good reference, really-watery-thin paint and a few layer later, viola! Cigar smoke!
3. Coffee splashes or liquid in general can be really fun. Props to shutterstock for pulling up some awesome reference footage to see how real liquid looks when the cup is jumping from a pounding fist on the table!
4. Color color color!

My idea in taking on this project was to study color, and expression and how it effects mood and visa versa. As you can see, I ended up learning so much more! Above are my color studies for the liquid. I wasn't sure coffee was going to look right so I experimented in PS with the other colors from the painting. turns out my first instinct was right all along.

Here's the final piece. The colors are only slightly off due to poor lighting while shooting it, but doesn't everything look better in person? (okay, maybe not everything...but certainly this does!)

Done in a mix of acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil. It was interesting inter mixing the two painting mediums because they behave differently but turned out great.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Women's Initiative

A friend of mine asked if I could help with a speaker series with artists who share their experience as a working artist. Here's the video of the interview on my creative life. looking back, I've done so many creative things that I can't get all of it into a 15min spiel!

In the interview I talked about a few ways to improve yourself as a creative person.
1. Keep sketchbook or journal in your purse/pocket and by your bedside. Inspiration comes from everywhere, anytime, any day. Never lose a good idea bc you didn't jot it down!
2.Get educated...Never stop learning & improving! You can only benefit from it. Books, blogs, other artists, online tuutorials, workshops or classes, will all help tremendously.
3. Confidence. Put yourself out there and defend your work by standing by it and charging what it's really worth and stick to it. You know you & your work better than anyone so don't be bashful.
4. Meet people. Join groups that do the same things you do. Be open, be honest and be yourself. It's not always easy, especially if you tend to be more shy like me, but it's worth it.

I have to work on these things everyday. And everyday I grow a little more. I hope you do too.

Links for different things I've talked about here:

1. Author of Eat.Pray.Love. discusses creativity. It's inspiring regardless if you like her work or not. (link)

2. Blogs: Since I'm focused on animation & illustration my top 5 blogs are:
Cartoon Brew - Animation News
Brittney Lee - Paper sculptor, Walt Disney Artist
John K Stuff - wealth of animation knowledge & opinions
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - from Oakland, Ca watercolor fantasy artist
The Animation Guild - Good to read about the business side of things
ASIFA, and various animation schools also have blogs. I've also come across a lot of fantastic photography, interior design and crafty blogs. Search for it & you'll find it.

3. Groups:
BAHA - Berkeley After Hours Animation Group
SketchCrawl - Worldwide artists get together, meet other artists in the area and sketch their hearts out for a day. Awesomeness. Next marathon is Oct 15th!
Girls Drawing Girls - Women Animation Artist Club
There are also online communities like Illustration Friday, Children's Illustrators on DA, etc.
Also, most counties have artists councils or foundations for local artist collaborative groups and local community colleges have a plethora of clubs.

I wish everyone of you the best of luck!
You can comment below or email if you would like to know more.
Keep creating!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

resisting pollock

a little frustration gave me this idea. Thinking about making it a large painting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

To Fetch a Snowman

This animated film explores the relationship between the abonible snowman, who wants nothing more than to play fetch, and a workaholic eskimo gathering sticks for firewood.

Done using construction paper, scissors, Adobe photoshop, Garageband and iMovie.

To Fetch a Snowman was made in 3 days for the Campus Movie Fest held at University of California, Berkeley.
The screening for films that are part of this festival will be held on September 23rd, 2011 at Wheeler Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Ca.

Vote for my film here:

Bad video links are worse than meatbees.

To Fetch A Snowman :: Campus MovieFest

Next time I do a film, I'll try and save enough time to add a making of.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sasquatch in San Francisco

©Alishea Gibson 2011
If I found a friendly Sasquatch, we do fun things like this.
Painted in Adobe Photoshop.