Month of Love 2017

I was happy to participate yet again in Month of Love 2017 – a yearly month-long celebration of art during February (I also participate in Month of Fear).

I did two of the challenges this month, Innocence and Metamorphoses. Their counterpart in the previous Month of Fear was Wicked and also Metamorphoses.

Since I painted Von Rothbart, the villain of Swan Lake, for Wicked in Month of Fear, I decided to paint Odette, the cursed swan princess, for Innocence.

Odette - ink, watercolor, acryla gouache

Odette – ink, watercolor, acryla gouache

For Month of Fear, I painted a shapeshifting snake woman for Metamorphoses. For Month of Love, I took inspiration from the Welsh mythological tale of Blodeuwedd, a woman formed from flowers.

Blodeuwedd - watercolor and acryla gouache

Blodeuwedd – watercolor and acryla gouache

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Updated Cover for The Thorn Queen

For the past few years I have been working with an author, Elise Holland, on her middle grade novel The Thorn Queen, at www.whyismud.com. I’ve posted about it before – I completed some illustrations for the design of the website, and have been illustrating the chapters as they’ve been published online. I recently revamped the book cover, which is what I’d like to share with you here!
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Click the image to see a larger view!

I wanted to keep the style consistent with the other images I made over the years for the website, so the image is a pencil drawing colored digitally. Elise and I wanted an image that would invite the reader into the world of Glendoch, but with a hint of menace!
Definitely check out the book – it’s a lot of fun!

Hidden to most, this glacial world once crackled with beauty. Now it waits for war—divided and bound by strict rules. So when twelve-year-old Meylyne trespasses in the Above-World and falls from a tree on Glendoch’s sickly prince, she must flee or face imprisonment in the Shadow Cellars. She is convinced she will perish, yet with the help of her friends she inches her way back home … until the day she collides with the Thorn Queen.

And home just got further away than ever.

 

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Everyday Witch Tarot – Deborah and I Finally Meet!

After over two years of working together, Deborah Blake and I were finally able to meet in person! Deborah is the author of our tarot deck, the Everyday Witch Tarot, published by Llewellyn (and she’s the author of many other fabulous books!).

Both of us put together special editions of the deck that came with various goodies, including the box for the deck being signed by both of us. Scott and I drove to her place in Upstate New York on our way to visit friends in the Catskills. It was marvelous to meet up and meet her cats, and she got to meet our dog Rayo! We had fun chatting and signing.

Here are some pictures!

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Holding our deck! I gave her the Ace of Cups painting which you can see framed above our heads. :D

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We discovered our crazy resemblance to each other!!! Look at that!

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Another view!

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All forty of my stock that we signed.

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Deborah had twenty-five for us to sign.

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The three of us together!

Check out my Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/albaillustration if you want to order the deck or prints of the cards!

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Everyday Witch Tarot is HERE!!!

Deborah Blake and I were thrilled to find out that the Everyday Witch Tarot was coming out EARLY. How often does that happen?? It’s been out a week already and it wasn’t supposed to be released till January 8th! So the deck is now available via Amazon, Llewellyn, and in other stores too! We’ve already got some great reviews on Amazon.

Here’s a photo of it in my hands for the first time… so pretty! I love the packaging.
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The Limited Edition I created sold out quickly, and now I am hard at work doing the sketch requests. Here are a few finished ones:

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As you can see, there have been a number of cat requests! I’m having a lot of fun with them. Always love a chance to work in black and white.

2017 has started off well so far! I’m also in the midst of working on new illustrations for Llewellyn’s 2018 Magical Almanac. And I just found out Scott and I were again selected to participate in the Gen Con Art Show in August. It’s the 50th anniversary so it should be a good time for sure!

Did I ever mention my Redbubble store? You can now purchase some pretty cool merchandise (shirts, journals, phone cases, pillows…) with my artwork on it, including images from the Everyday Witch Tarot. Check it out at www.redbubble.com/people/elisabethalba!

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One Month till Everyday Witch Tarot!!!

Only one month left!!! ONE MONTH!!! It’ll be here before we know it. 2017 is looking up!
Deborah and I can hardly contain ourselves, we’re so excited to see the Everyday Witch Tarot in person. So we’re going to throw another GIVEAWAY!

But first! We’d like to announce that we are now taking pre-orders for the Everyday Witch Tarot Special Edition. “Special Edition?” you ask. “What’s that?”

Here are the details!

There are only 16 spots left, so order yours today for the special price! After publication on January 8th, the price will go up to $90. See that dragon sketch above? One of our early collectors requested “dragon” for her keyword. I had a lot of fun with that one!

One thing I love about this Special Edition is that I get to meet Deborah Blake in person! We’re going to meet up in January after the deck comes out to sign everything together. I’m really excited! There will definitely be a blog post with photos of the meeting, signing, and merrymaking.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

This time Deborah is giving away either Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring book OR the Hip Witch Tarot – your choice of one! I am giving away a signed print of the Ace of Cups. Go to Deborah’s blog post at http://deborahblake.blogspot.com/2016/12/one-month-until-tarot.html to enter the giveaway. Good luck! (:

You can pick either the coloring book or the tarot deck!

You can pick either the coloring book or the tarot deck!

The signed print!

The signed print of the Ace of Cups from the Everyday Witch Tarot!

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Everyday Witch Tarot – a gift for the holidays?

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck I created with Deborah Blake comes out on January 8! It’s unfortunate that it won’t be out in time for holiday shopping, but Deborah came up with a great solution! If you’d like to pre-order the deck for anyone for the holidays (or have already done so), we’ve created a greeting card that you can give them that notifies them about the gift! We have an actual card version that we will send to you in time for the holidays (USA only) and a digital version that can be printed at home.

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The front image is the Strength card from the deck.

The digital version is a postcard with all the text on the front. The file is a large high-resolution jpg for at-home quality printing!

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Please email me (mail@albaillustration.com) or Deborah (magicmysticminerva@yahoo.com) if you would like either version. You can also message us via facebook. If you would like the printed card, send your address as well.

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