Author Archives: alisonstephen

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 … Continue reading

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Love Birds

For two little birds who are going to City Hall!

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Dogs love Chicago

Were there always this many dogs on planes?  While landing in Chicago over Christmas vacation, I spotted no fewer than 3 little critters emerging from their under-the-seat carriers to ride out the landing lap-side. I LOVE dogs– I’m not complaining!  … Continue reading

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Another illustration about a book I enjoyed, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell, 2010).  I drew this portrait of my favorite character, Orito Aibagawa, a midwife in Dejima in turn-of-the-19th-century Japan.  That’s all I should say, but … Continue reading

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Homage to “The Tiger’s Wife”

I’ve had this story and its imagery on my mind since I read Tea Obreht’s excerpt in the New Yorker a year or two ago. I just read her novel of the same name, and this is how I see … Continue reading

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Sonic Bloom

I’m trying some things out in Adobe Illustrator, and I have to say– I’m enjoying it!  What do you think?

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13 Blackbirds

I finally got around to doing something I’ve always thought about– illustrating the poem “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” by Wallace Stevens (1917). 16 x 16 inches, Ink and Acrylic on gesso board. I Among twenty snowy mountains, … Continue reading

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New promo illustration

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I can, and I will.

It’s always an extra bonus when an illustration project leads to an exciting new experience– in this case, learning how to can! After designing and illustrating these canning workshop advertisements for Loose Caboose Farms in the Hudson Valley, NY, I … Continue reading

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Sketching at SOI

Bri Hermanson, Daniel Hertzberg and I enjoyed the beach theme at the Society of Illustrators sketch night yesterday. Four figure drawings below…

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