Happy Year of the Horse!

Year of the Horse

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Happy Halloween!

A little Halloween illustration in honor of candy corn, which I haven’t seen yet in Hong Kong!

a drawing of pumpkins and a black cat

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Find me on Tumblr

I’ve started posting some sketches of life here on Hong Kong on a new Tumblr. Find me at alisonstephen.tumblr.com. Here’s a sample…

Relaxing at Kwun Yam Wan beach on Cheung Chai Island

Relaxing at Kwun Yam Wan beach on Cheung Chai Island

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Paintings and prints now available in my new Etsy store!


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I’m excited to announce that my latest line of paintings and prints is available in my new Etsy store at alisonstephen.etsy.com.  I’d love for you to check it out now and then, as I’ll continue adding more work. Overseas shipping is available. Thanks for you support– hope you like it! (If you aren’t familiar with Etsy, you’ll find it’s a wonderful site full of handcrafted goods of all kinds.)

 

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My paintings at Handmade HK, May 12!

Save the date to come see me at the Handmade Hong Kong Fair, 10 am- 5 pm on Sunday, May 12 at Discovery Bay! I’ll be selling paintings at a table under ‘Alison Stephen Illustration.’ (Table number TBA.) Enjoy a ferry ride to Discovery Bay, lunch by the beach, and tons of affordable, artisan-made goods at the fair!  Here’s a preview of some paintings I’ve been working on.

 

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A move to Hong Kong

I recently moved to Hong Kong, which promises to be an exciting and inspiring place. We got here just in time for Chinese New Year.  2013 is the year of the snake, which also happens to be my year!  Check out these lions I filmed dancing in the new year at a Causeway Bay mall.

We settled into Happy Valley, a neighborhood as charming as it sounds. It is set off from Hong Kong’s main drag by a grass horse track, the middle of which is full of sports fields, walking paths and palm trees, and is open to the public most hours of the week. I really love walking by the track and seeing Hong Kong’s subtropical natural beauty interwoven with skyscrapers.

Passing Happy Valley race course at sunset.

 

 

 

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Tropical timeshare– getting away from it all?

I was surprised to see more New Yorkers in Aruba than I do at home in Brooklyn!

 

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Some press for my mural project

Photo by Jon Monroe

Photo by Jon Monroe

The 3-story mural I designed and illustrated for the new Biology building at James Madison University has gotten a few mentions:

  • An article about the mural creation and interview with me on JMU’s website
  • An article on the JMU Biology Department website

And you can see my description of the project on my:

 

 

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Behind you, Dr. Shaw!

What did you all think of Prometheus?

Here’s a little personal project I did.

Alien sneaks up on Dr. Shaw

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Mural installation at James Madison University

I’m excited to see that a mural I designed and illustrated for my undergraduate alma mater is being installed this week! The mural is for the new Biology building, so, of course, I cherished the opportunity to draw lots of plants and animals– a lemur, flying squirrel, and orchid, to name a few.

Mural detail of jellyfish and DNA

Mural detail of jellyfish and DNA

The mural will span 3 stories in panels of about:

The three mural panels together

The three mural panels together

3rd floor, 24’8″w x 10’9″h
2nd floor, 24’4″w x 10’8″h
1st floor, 14’8″w x 10’7″h

My design was printed onto adhesive panels and installed on the wall. When the mural is seen through the 3-story glass exterior wall of the building, the panels will appear to connect as one image. Thanks to my former professor Dr. Jon Monroe and the JMU Biology department for the job and to Erick DeMartino for guidance.

See below for more views of the finished project (photos by Jon Monroe):

Outside view of building-- mural is behind glass on left

Outside view of building-- mural is behind glass on left

Outside building view-- mural behind glass

Outside building view-- mural behind glass

First floor

First floor (jellyfish, paramecia, a virus, nostoc, trout, salamander)

second floor

Second floor (orchid, flying squirrel, butterflies, oak leaf, chameleon, lemur)

third floor

Third floor (hawk, butterflies, swallows)

DNA close-up on wall

DNA close-up on wall

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