allie illustrates

Imaginative art for the playful at heart!

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Preview of my pieces going into the Wilbraham Art League’s September Photography Show!! The show will be up from September 7th to the 30th in the Brooks Room at the Wilbraham Public Library. Come stop by and see!! Love, Allie (WAL Secretary) #wilbrahamartleague

Preview of my pieces going into the Wilbraham Art League’s September Photography Show!! The show will be up from September 7th to the 30th in the Brooks Room at the Wilbraham Public Library. Come stop by and see!! Love, Allie (WAL Secretary) #wilbrahamartleague

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Hey everyone! Wow, I really haven’t posted in a while! Check out my latest project, a distorted self portrait, done in pencil.

Hey everyone! Wow, I really haven’t posted in a while! Check out my latest project, a distorted self portrait, done in pencil.

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Dining Room (Litera residence)

Check out this beautiful photo my friend and photographer Sarah Mitrani took in my home dining room. I love her simple approach to photographing the essence of a space. This painting was from my grandmother’s house (which means a lot to me) and the chair is a family heirloom from our dining room set.

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Dining Room (Litera residence)

Check out this beautiful photo my friend and photographer Sarah Mitrani took in my home dining room. I love her simple approach to photographing the essence of a space. This painting was from my grandmother’s house (which means a lot to me) and the chair is a family heirloom from our dining room set.

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Here is a photo in the January 31st version of The Republican of me and my friend (and fellow artist) Patrick Quirk drawing caricatures at the Reader Raves Winter/Spring 2013 Awards!
This was our second time drawing caricatures at the awards dinner, and it is always such a great time! Our photographer Dave shows me handing the final caricature to Mr. Sobon just after I finished it. I wish you could have seen their reaction!

Here is a photo in the January 31st version of The Republican of me and my friend (and fellow artist) Patrick Quirk drawing caricatures at the Reader Raves Winter/Spring 2013 Awards!

This was our second time drawing caricatures at the awards dinner, and it is always such a great time! Our photographer Dave shows me handing the final caricature to Mr. Sobon just after I finished it. I wish you could have seen their reaction!

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The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

(Prismacolor marker and ink on paper, 8.5” x 11”, January 2013)

The entire piece was created for the second “Yesterday’s Artifacts, Today’s Art” exhibit with the Wilbraham Art League. This illustration was based off a flour barrel lid from The Cutler Company. This company was based in Wilbraham many decades ago, and is no longer there now. You can see the picture of this barrel lid above. This artifact is currently located at the Old Meeting House museum in Wilbraham on Main Street.

I took the idea of the baker and incorporated her costume into an illustration involving the butcher and candlestick maker as well, based off the nursery rhyme.

In these photos, I am highlighting certain parts of the illustration for you to see the details. The completed piece in its entirety can be viewed under the ILLUSTRATIONS tab on my website! I really enjoyed creating the characters, from the hearty butcher with little blood splatters on her clothes to the short and timid baker to the tall and stringy candlestick maker.

It is currently on view until February 28th, 2013 in the Brooks Room at The Wilbraham Public Library and is for sale (price available upon request). Enjoy! 

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CHRISTMAS CARICATURES FOR A CO-WORKER!

One of my co-workers saw the caricatures I did of the staff a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved them. So much, in fact, that she decided to get caricatures of her two kids done for an awesome Christmas present. I did her daughter’s with a gymnastics theme, and her son’s with a soccer theme. I hope they like them!

These two pieces have been added under CARICATURES on my website!

CLICK HERE to visit them on my website!

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Here are caricatures of nine of my supervisors at work! They were commissioned by the ad director to be used internally to bring some fun to a presentation. I had a great time doing them, and everyone got a huge kick of of them too!

Here are caricatures of nine of my supervisors at work! They were commissioned by the ad director to be used internally to bring some fun to a presentation. I had a great time doing them, and everyone got a huge kick of of them too!

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An Illustration Getting Published in The Springfield Republican

Although I am an artist, I am very pleased with my first “career” as an Advertising Assistant at The Springfield Republican. There are so many creative minds, you’d be surprised. In our office, there are at least several artists and musicians, or at least people who appreciate the creative arts. It’s neat to know all about these ads before the public sees them.

In a nutshell, I am one of several assistants/reps who is responsible for helping advertisements get into the paper…basically assisting businesses in advertising themselves. One of my good friends Julie just recently got a job at The Springfield Republican, alongside yours truly. She is a sales rep (and also an artist). Basically, she goes out on the road to these businesses and assists them with their concepts of advertisements and help make them a reality.

She cleverly got the idea one day to have me illustrate the artwork for her ad. The graphic designers had originally used photographs of a little girl hugging a teddy bear. The client wanted something that looked a lot more like Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Julie pitched my sketch to her client, and she loved it! We asked the layout manager if this was alright, and he said go for it. Our manager was a bit skeptical, and asked why we couldn’t just use the paid image service that the graphic designers use on a daily basis. This is why illustration is so important!! Illustrations can literally illustrate anything that a photograph cannot. There are no illustrators within the Advertising Department. I think they take it as “we have to meet these strict deadlines…there’s no time to make art.” They subscribe to a service that provides mostly photographs for the designers to use. 

I whipped up the final drawing in only a couple hours or so, still getting my normal work done. And finally, behold, the artwork is placed into the ad. The drawing depicts Goldilocks, freezing, and the three bears burning up a sweat.

Having my artwork published in such a small part of the paper is silly to me, still. It’s nothing to really brag about, but a little accomplishment I can tuck away and say “I did that.”

Thanks Julie and the managers who let us make this happen!

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Hellooooo everyone! It has been a busy summer, spending time with family and friends and taking a break from big-time painting projects. I had the pleasure of drawing caricatures at several Wilbraham Art League shows at Fountain Park during the months of July and August. What fun that was, and I look forward to doing it again next year….the kids are such fun and are so intrigued! 

Here are a couple figure drawings I did tonight at the Rutabaga Gallery in Ludlow. Betsy is the owner of the gallery and is also a fellow WAL member (who knew!). We drew a younger teenage girl (clothed of course) reading for our long pose. This was my first time figure drawing with charcoal since college. In the second drawing, I experimented a bit more with a caricature-like approach. I think it reflects a kind of Afro-American look, which I really like. 

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Creepy Children's Book Illustrations

Hello all. I’d like to share this link that my friend Beena shared on Facebook a couple days ago. I am very intrigued by these wacky illustrations, breaking the norms of traditional rendering and the like. In my brain, sometimes the kookier = the better! Enjoy! 

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Braided Scarf Tutorial

Hey all you DIY ladies out there, check out this nifty braided scarf tutorial from the blog Put Up Your Dukes. There is also another tutorial on how to make this scarf with a double braid instead of a single braid. I’d love to try this one so I can have a nice new scarf for the fall!