May 25, 2010By Alice Ratterree

I stumbled across a site called “illustration friday.” Each week, an inspiration word or phrase is posted. Artists are then called to render their interpretations by the next Friday. I love this. It keeps me thinking and moving forward with something in between projects. Not to mention the accumulation of potential portfolio material. This week’s … Read More


March 12, 2010By Alice Ratterree

Another start to this idea of a nursery rhyme series that keeps nagging at me. I’m not sure why I am so obsessed with taking these little nuggets and fleshing them out. Perhaps it’s because environments have been the biggest challenge for me as a visual artist. These poems are mostly focused on the character, … Read More


January 19, 2010By Alice Ratterree

The drawing came about simply from a project for a marketing agency, but it’s made me consider the true meaning of “identity” Webster describes two aspects of “identity”: 1) the distinguishing character or personality of an individual (what I always tend to relate to “identity”) 2) sameness of essential or generic character in different instances … Read More


December 1, 2009By Alice Ratterree

Continuing to pursue painting in photoshop, alternating my use of layers. Applied a thicker top layer to this character, relying less on the drawing and resulting in a truer “painting” experience.


November 11, 2009By Alice Ratterree

Tonight I dove back into characters. Bright, warm, sunny children – not taking myself too seriously. I had a blast. Normally I like to post finished work, but the rough in-progess stage has an appeal too, and sometimes makes me hesitate to go further. But I will.


November 6, 2009By Alice Ratterree

I embarked on a fun project a few years ago for Clemson University’s “Tri-Art” program, an outreach initiative to bring the three performance arts (drama, dance and music) into local schools. The client wanted one character that somehow represented all three disciplines, so I created a little girl who wants to do it all. Striking … Read More


November 3, 2009By Alice Ratterree

OK so I’m in the throws of building a web site. That’s a very accurate term…”building” a site. It is true construction. There’s first a site, with a “domain” name, for your “home” page, then entryways to other rooms containing all sorts of treasures of information. And there has to be a certain feng shui … Read More


October 21, 2009By Alice Ratterree

That’s what I’m trying to create. I’m especially inspired as the holidays draw nearer. But it’s as close to impossible sometimes as hanging the very stars in the sky. People think that if you can draw, you must also be good at all aesthetic endeavors. This is not so, and I’ve come to accept that … Read More


October 10, 2009By Alice Ratterree

I fall. Into hopes of apple pies and pumpkins with faces grinning. Of gray skies and yellow hearths. Wood burning and leaves scratching. New schools, great expectations, and memories of childhood. The first time you see your breath come out like steam. Everywhere nature is dying but hope is born and the time for harvest … Read More