Process: Step 1 (a+b)

November 8, 2011By Alice Ratterree

a) I start the old fashioned way: just pencil to paper. I draw and draw and draw until I get it the way I want it. I don’t even think about color or texure. Just line and composition at this point. In the end I have something like this. This is definately the hardest and … Read More

My Illustration Process

November 8, 2011By Alice Ratterree

Ok, before I go any further I must step back a bit and talk about process. My process came about due to necessity rather than by an artistic decision. I was asked to illustrate a book while I was in the midst of moving. And I had a two year old. So I really didn’t … Read More

Hello world!

November 7, 2011By Alice Ratterree

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!


October 22, 2011By Alice Ratterree

I’m starting to think like a pop-up book. Line defining space rather than mass. Here’s a preliminary practice work for an illustration of the first paragraph of “Alice in Wonderland.” This is Alice. I want to create a world that is 2D and 3D at the same time. Flat figures and objects arranged in 3 … Read More

Mama Earth

September 29, 2011By Alice Ratterree

There are times the wind blows too hard, Tossing trees and roofs. And there are times when the rain is too hard, Flooding rivers and towns. Until Mama Earth quiets the wind. Until Mama Earth stops the rain And dries the land. Illustration Intensive at the SCBWI Carolinas conference. We recieved the text on Tuesday, … Read More


June 24, 2011By Alice Ratterree

1-2 buckle my shoe3-4 shut the door5-6 pick up sticks7-8 lay them straight9-10 a big fat hen11-12 dig and delve13-14 maids a courting15-16 maids in the kitchen17-18 maids in waiting19-20 my plate’s empty


June 23, 2011By Alice Ratterree

ready .set . .go . . . illustration friday has launched me into my portfolio once more. this is where i live. the outer edge of the final countdown. before launch, there is a breathless, eternal second when anything is possible.


December 8, 2010By Alice Ratterree

“From the pleasant town of Maienfeld a footpath leads up through shady green pastures to the foot of the high peaks that gaze down solemnly and majestically on the valley below. Anyone who sets out in the path will soon catch the keen fragrance of low mountain herbs and grasses, for the footpath rises straight … Read More

God in a boat with a balloon

June 7, 2010By Alice Ratterree

or: “Trail” Well, I just had to deviate from my one-word blog titles. Last week, my son (age 3) drew an image on paper with pencil. I asked him what it was and he said, “It’s God on a boat…with a balloon.” I fell in love with this idea and it became my submission for … Read More


May 31, 2010By Alice Ratterree

Illustration Friday. I couldn’t resist the obvious… the sneaky reptile. The original reptile that slithered its way into Eve’s heart apparently slithered its way into mine and begged to be my subject.