Thursday Sketch 1-25

January 27, 2018By Alice Ratterree

Diving into Commedia dell’arte character studies…Harlequin, or Arlecchino (Italian) was a very popular stock character in the zanni category. Zanni were typically a pair of servants to an upperclass couple. Arlecchino is known for his wit, physical agility and a cunning ability to outsmart his master.  

News: Let’s blog hop around the world…

December 19, 2014By Alice Ratterree

This week, I am joining an international blog hop. So what ever is a blog hop anyway? you might ask….It’s is a way of blogging in which one blogger introduces a topic of conversation and then invites another to continue the conversation the following week on their own blog, who then in turn invites someone … Read More

Illustration Noir

October 30, 2013By Alice Ratterree

QUI A PEUR DU NOIR? You know that 5 minute window before you actually wake up and are a bit lucid, but still kind of dreaming too? Well, this is a result of that state, the season, and perhaps also as an homage to the dark children’s books frequently produced by French publishers, which I am … Read More

Sketching with paint

October 7, 2013By Alice Ratterree

I love line work, and generally only utilize the pencil and sometimes a pen. Recently, though, I’ve been working with the push and pull of a paintbrush, and I’m very happy with the trembling energy it leaves on the paper. Here’s today’s sketch using watercolor (M. Graham) and a no. 2 Kolinsky sable. I still … Read More

Flat Out Under Pressure: 24 hours to make art

June 9, 2013By Alice Ratterree

The challenge: you have 24 hours to make a work of art. How do you fill the time? On Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council held the annual event, Flat Out Under Pressure. A challenge to create a work of art in 24 hours. On Friday morning, we had our surfaces (free … Read More

Daily sketch work

March 3, 2013By Alice Ratterree

Friday sketch, 3.1.2013. Illustrator promo of the day: Lisbeth Zwerger. Let’s get real, she needs no promo from me…just want everyone to know about her. Hands down, one of my favorites. Here’s some images of hers on tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/lisbeth%20zwerger

Illustrating with boundaries

October 4, 2012By Alice Ratterree

This past weekend, SCBWI Carolinas celebrated their 20th annual conference in Charlotte, NC. I love returning to the well. Inspiring keynotes and energizing breakouts filled our time for three whole days! Illustrators arrived early on Friday for an intensive session with the charming illustrator Priscilla Burris. We were given an assignment ahead of time which was: Characters … Read More