Summer Drawing Class!

I'm excited to be teaching Intuitive Drawing this summer through SFAI's Public Programs. Come draw with me on Wednesday nights! 

INTUITIVE DRAWING: SEEING, THINKING, DREAMING

Alexis Amann
10 Sessions »Wednesdays, June 7 - August 9

6:30-9:30pm | Studio 14 | $480

No prior experience needed; this course is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

This class will explore intuitive drawing as a daily practice and journey, using drawing as a way to see, think, dream, and process. We will be exploring drawing materials and various methods of drawing centered on exploration, play, and internal observation. We will draw a lot in this class, and be expected to keep sketchbooks outside of class, drawing every day from weekly prompts. Drawing will be practiced as a way to record, a way to experience, a way to think, to discover, and to make things up. Class time will include daily sketchbook exercises, projects, discussion, and some group project collaboration. The goal of this course is to create a supportive, positive atmosphere that encourages risk-taking, experimentation, and challenges students to complete several drawings through the course of the week so that you leave the class with a fun, confident, and daily drawing practice.

Holding On to Hope

This a personal editorial illustration about holding on to hope in this dark time. The hand holds salal -- one of my favorite plants that grows everywhere on the Oregon Coast. It's very green and very, very tough.

Climate change is real, and denying it doesn't make it go away. Keep holding on to what is real as alternative facts (lies) are created.

Holding on to Hope, 2017

Holding on to Hope, 2017

Scrying Moon and the Comet of 2017

Here's two personal editorial pieces I made at the end of/beginning of the year 2016/2017.

The first one -- the Scrying Moon was a response to the tragic and terrible Ghostship warehouse fire in Oakland, and how the immensity of loss and grief affected all of us. Even the moon didn't know what to do -- she's water scrying trying to find some answers.

The second one, Comet of 2017 was made in the days before the inauguration as my feelings of unease and worry about the new administration grew worse and worse. Like many people, I had the growing feeling of an impending disaster we can't control, or fix. Unfortunately that seems to have been all too true, as this first week attests.

Also -- both of these pieces are digitally painted, starting with linework done with ink and brush and scanned in to work from. Still working on my learning curve with this, but definitely getting happier with the results. 

Scrying Moon, 2017

Scrying Moon, 2017

Comet of 2017, 2017  

Comet of 2017, 2017

 

Harpy hope

Remember hope? That thing with feathers? That thing that hurts? That thing that seemed lost? She has claws. Let her rise. Let her fight. She has work to do. We all do.

Hope.

Hope.

Oh so that's why my chest hurts so bad. Talons.

Oh so that's why my chest hurts so bad. Talons.

Last of the witchtober inks are up in my shop!

I had so much fun drawing witches all month for inktober! Can't believe it's over and already missing the daily prompts, though I have some other ideas brewing for these witches, and am sure more will be visiting soon.  If you'd like your very own witch, the last few were just added to my shop, with free shipping, HERE. 

One dozen cat toys. 

One dozen cat toys. 

Let's be each other for Halloween

Let's be each other for Halloween

Creepy li'l onion girl.

Creepy li'l onion girl.

Battle Witch. Enough said.

Battle Witch. Enough said.

To be a good witch, you gotta be your own best friend. 

To be a good witch, you gotta be your own best friend. 

Stay Nasty

Well I made this the day after the third debate. Nothing much I can say that hasn't been said, but what woman doesn't know the sick feeling of being called names and put down in a professional (or personal) setting? The one thing about all this awfulness is that it shines a bright light on sexism and assault that society can't keep dismissing as "just one crazy/unreliable/lying/sensitive woman". It's here for all to see, folks. Stay nasty and centered in your truth!

Stay nasty, stay strong, stay you.

Stay nasty, stay strong, stay you.

Crystal ball

I had a lot of fun working on interpreting my friend Janeen and her cat Lucy through a witchy lens for this commissioned piece! If you'd like your own witch portrait, email me for details!

Let me gaze into my crystal ball while my cat gives off sparks. . . 

Let me gaze into my crystal ball while my cat gives off sparks. . . 

Octoplosion! And some other bright images and (mostly) difficult news about our oceans.

This piece was made as a part of sporadic series I've been doing of editorial illustration mainly around climate change and other ocean related issues.  I hope to be doing more of these more frequently soon! This one was inspired by articles that scientists are finding the octopus population is increasing due to climate change (for now, anyway). Soon they will be our overlords, so if you'd like to know more, here's a good article. 

That's a whole stack of octopodes right there.

That's a whole stack of octopodes right there.

Earlier images from this series are below, and I hope to be creating more soon! 

This one was inspired by people finding big fossilized Megalodon shark teeth on North Carolina beaches. 

This one was inspired by people finding big fossilized Megalodon shark teeth on North Carolina beaches. 

This was from summer 2015 when a massive algae bloom made Dungeness crab toxic on the West Coast. 

This was from summer 2015 when a massive algae bloom made Dungeness crab toxic on the West Coast. 

Scariest for last --Inspired by this article in Scientific American that table salt in China has microplastics mixed in with the salt granules. YUM! We are all made of plastic, just like Carl Sagan said.

Scariest for last --Inspired by this article in Scientific American that table salt in China has microplastics mixed in with the salt granules. YUM! We are all made of plastic, just like Carl Sagan said.

Inktober witches

Some people have asked about purchasing these -- I'm selling them in my shop for $80 each with free shipping in the U.S. (message me for shipping costs if you are outside the U.S.) If you don't see the one you want, message me to see if I still have it!
 

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