What an honor this is for me! Today I’m hosting the illustrator for one of my upcoming picture books…and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how she has brought the characters of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe to life. Every page turn sings…Alleanna has definitely made their voices be heard!
Alleanna Harris is a illustrator who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a little kid, she would draw on every page of her mom’s legal pads, doodle on her notebooks at school and on the programs at church.
She graduated from the University of Arts with a BFA in Animation with Honors, and it was during this time she realized her love for illustration.
She has illustrated several children’s books, including The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the…
As a kid and a teen, one of my favorite things was the moment right after I got home from school. I would walk through the front door, take off my backpack, peel out of my jacket… and then lay on the floor. That’s it. I’d just lay there. Doing completely nothing. And if it was sunny, I’d lay in the sunlight. I still do it randomly. If I don’t have anything to do, I just lay down and stare at the ceiling. I don’t know why it’s so relaxing for me, but it just is.
Alleanna Harris is a US illustrator who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a little kid, she would draw on every page of her mom’s legal pads, doodle on her notebooks at school and on the programs at church.
She graduated from the University of Arts with a BFA in Animation with Honors, and it was during this time she realized her love for illustration. Alleanna finds inspiration in the beauty in everyday things. Everything inspires her. In her work, she seeks to create images that are immersive, rich in color and have a sense of warmth. She lives in NJ.
Here is Allenna discussing her process:
First, I sketch out my idea. I do it quickly because if I spend too long on the original sketch, I overwork it and lose the energy of the idea.
You know what was weird for me as a kid? Going to bed during the first couple weeks of back to school time. It’s so clearly summer, but it’s not. It’s still light outside when it’s time for bed and it’s still warm, but it feels different. I always wondered if the difference was in my head. I guess the only thing you really can do is soak up the last moments of summer.
When you achieve the perfect twist-out, so you get extra emotional and you have to sit in nature and process your your happy feels, lol. Just kidding. I wish my hair would do what I tell it to do. I really just wanted to draw the Philly skyline, the Plateau, and fall trees.
Here’s a calm drawing of cozy late afternoon fall light. I did one version and then the leaves changed color outside, so I changed the color of the leaves in the drawing too. Feels nice to post after meeting deadlines.
In first or second grade, my friend Michael B. had his birthday party at a small local airplane museum. As a kid I really loved vintage planes, airshows, and airplane hangar (I still do) so walking around the museum was amazing for me. I was a small kid, so I remember everything as being way bigger than it actually is. This is what the museum felt like to me.
I also remember it was REALLY cold outside because it was mid January. There was a patch of ice outside that everyone kept slipping on, lol. Also, the Runway Cafe had the best chicken fingers ever!