Our Newest Additions

I’ve been neglecting my blogs for a while now, and it’s about to change. Well, everything is about to change. We got a puppy! We are also expecting a little girl, due in June!

So, first things first – meet Jaxx:

The day we picked out our new puppy Jaxx (3 weeks old)...still too young to bring home!

The day we picked out our new puppy Jaxx   (3 weeks old)…just opened his eyes and still too young to bring home!

Jaxx is a full-blood Pit Bull Terrier. He is a dark red brindle color. We decided to keep his ears long and named him after Jax from Mortal Kombat. Apparently, we’re nerdy like that. We didn’t name him for the first few days, but over half of the names on our list were from some kind of cartoon or video game… Bowser (NES Mario) and Hugo (Naruto Shippuden) to name a couple of our other ideas.

Our Pit Bull Terrier - Jaxx

Our Pit Bull Terrier at 11 weeks – Jaxx

I did a lot of research before really deciding I wanted a Pit. I just didn’t know anything about them…but my husband had grown up around them most of his life. The more I read about them, the more I realized it was the dog for me! Knick’s parents just had a third (and final) litter, so it was now or never to get one. We call him our velcro dog – he LOVES human contact.

Always looking for a lap to sleep on and already loves the coming little person!

Always looking for a lap to sleep on and already loves the coming little lady

He is so smart…learned to sit on command at 10 weeks, to walk on a leash and lay down on command at 11 weeks, to stay and lay on his side at 12 weeks. I’m home all day, so I usually spend a few hours a day playing with him and training him. He has a very high energy level..but he is usually eager to please and quick to pick new things up. I am constantly logging onto http://www.pitbull-chat.com checking out new answers for questions I have.

And, meet the newest member – Kniya Annah:

Kniya Annah - 19 weeks!

Kniya Annah – 19 weeks!

We found out last week that it’s going to be a GIRL. She’s already a mover – and I’m sure she’ll become the perfect companion for Jaxx, but making mamma feel a little sick with all her kicks! No complaints here, though, this pregnancy has been hassle-free for the most part, and the random popping in my stomach just confirms what the ultrasounds and doppler readings already told us – she’s alive and kicking. Hard.

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Local News

I’m illustrating the fashion portrait at the end of this clip – awesome! WordPress won’t let me embed the clip here, so check it out in my other blog post:

http://almiart.blogspot.com/2012/03/local-news.html

or on the news web site:

http://www.wane.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=16926

Fashion springs up in Fort Wayne: wane.com

More Please!

I have been busy! Among other things, I’ve gotten married, bought a house, and continued drawing! I have been teaching art lessons and I have started up more illustration – selling quite a bit on eBay, I should be able to better keep up with this blog now.

Like my art? Search for “ALMI art” on eBay and you can purchase original ACEO’s! I buy ACEO prints from other artists all the time – they are a blast to get in the mail. ACEO’s (Art Cards Editions and Originals) are small works of art (3.5″x2.5″) and are a significantly cheaper way to own original works of art from artists. They can be collected into albums like trading cards, framed or matted. They are fun to create and fun to collect – check them out and look for much more to come!

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Walter - Owl Illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Love – ALMI

Happy Summer

So, things have been really busy. My dad says, “When it rains it pours” and he is right! I went from having part-time work and trouble finding what I was looking for, to enough work to keep me busy for ages! It’s great, though, and I’m very excited about everything happening. I plan to keep up on this blog, and I really appreciate all the encouragement. It’s much easier if you know people are interested in looking – otherwise you are typing on a blank page for the empty realms of cyberspace.

I’ll leave you with an image of a piece I did last summer for an Art in the Park event, and leave you with the promise of my new stuff to come.  :)

crazylady

Aubrey Hepburn, Acrylic

back cover of catalogue

AWESOME NEWS:

I just found out that my illustration of Mistlav Rostropovich, which was accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition Show, will be featured on the back of the catalogue!

Society of Illustrators, Student Competition cover, 2009

Society of Illustrators, Student Competition cover, 2009

I am thrilled that I have the honor of more publicity, and the cover looks wonderful!

In the student competition, hundreds of schools enter work. Out of 5,600 entries, only 144 are selected for the show, which opens in the Museum of American Illustration in New York from May 6 – June 6. It is an honor to even be allowed into the show, but to be chosen for a spot on the cover is just wonderful.

All of my professors have been extremely supportive and excited for me. Everyone in the art department knows about this (which can be embarrassing!) but it’s great to have the confidence boost.

Graduation: one week from tomorrow.
“I think I can, I think I can……..I think I can!”

– crazylady

meet the crew…

Oswald, Walter, and Regina:

Owl Trio, colored pencil, 2009

Owl Trio, colored pencil, 2009

Oswald is a brainiac, and entirely too confident in his abilities of reasoning. He is the leader of the group (at least he thinks he is!) and he often gets in trouble with his hard head.
Walter is happy-go-lucky. If something can go wrong for him, it does, but he always finds the silver lining and never seems to mind for more than a second or two. Crying over spilled milk is certainly not his thing.
Regina is a clutz. She is happy and tries to impress, but usually does it while flat on her face. She is the voice of reason in the group – just keep her out of the china shop.
Colored pencil on bristol board.
-crazylady

Here I am…

Hello world, welcome to my blog!

“Insane people are always sure they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.” (Nora Ephron)

2009, colored pencil, 10x10"
2009, colored pencil, 10×10″

 

My name is Alethea Gerardot. I am an illustrator based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I work with traditional illustration as well as graphic design. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions! I want to hear from you, and hope to meet many people through this blog. I plan to upload illustrations I am working on, as well as the things that inspire me!

-crazylady