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Begonia’s Sister and 2015 show lineup!

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This little lady was created in the month of December in 2014

Graphite on 14 X 17 recycled bristol

The process can be seen on instagram! @April_Alayne

Prints will for sale for a limited time on my Etsy Shop

2014 was an AMAZING YEAR. And I can not thank you all enough for the support. I can’t wait for this new year and what it possibly may bring!

Big changes are happening to the site! So keep posted! I will have a working shop/ checkout and will be giving this whole site a face lift so stay tuned!

My Facebook page will let you in on all the stops and places I am going this year but here is a rundown of what I have so far!  I would love to meet you.

Jan  15-16  DC tattoo expo

Feb 13-15 Philly tattoo con

March – eep? maybe 19-22 Chicago tattoo con   but probably not.

                                                                         April 10-12 Baltimore tattoo con
                                                                                  18-19 Arlington art festa(?)
                                                                                   23-26 C2E2
                                                                         May 6-10 WW Philly
                                                                                14-16 Atlantic city Comic con( if I get in)
                                                                                21 – 24 Denver Comic Con (if I can afford it)
                                                                                29- 31 DC Awesome Con
                                                                      June 5-7 Frederick Art Fest ( if i get in)
                                                                               18- 21  NC Heros Con
                                                                     July 17-16 Baltimore ARTSCAPE
                                                                              31- aug 2 Richmond WW
                                                                    August
                                                                             13-16 WildWood NJ tattoo con OR Mt Grenta Fine art show (if I get in)
                                                                             19-23 Chicago WW
                                                                  September 25- 27 Bmore Comic Con
                                                                  October 7 – 11 New York Comic Con ( if I get in- cross your fingers for me!)
Come say hi friends! If you have any other show you would like to meet me at please feel free to share

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My Medusa.

With fungus, heather, and black roses pouring from her neck she ties in with my floriography girls.
about 50/60 hours of work.

Materials: 14 X 17 bristol, and a mechanical pencil.

Prints available on Etsy

Thanks for taking a look!

You can find me here next:

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Tales of the Wild

Tales of the wild

This is a commissioned piece I have completed for a delightful company in Vancouver.

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A company I have worked with in the past.

Their store is about as wonderful and charming as the family behind it. Vancouver 001

After completing the above piece they asked me to create something for their Woodsman natural product line and I happily agreed.

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The tools I used.

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And with a little help this bearded stud was born in August.

BOGO art prints.

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Now through mother’s day (also my birthday day!) buy one print and get another of your choice FOR FREE!

I am having this sale to help me get to ARTSCAPE , one of the largest art festivals on the east coast.
Having trying to get in for 4 years this year I finally got in!! I plan to have a whole new look and display to make shopping easier for my new friends.

Please head on over to AlwaysApril.Etsy.com to pick up your new art prints.
If you are a fan of the art but do not wish to own prints but would like to help out simply spread the word! That would be the best of help.

Now if you are feeling extra sassy there is a little piggy donate button to the right of my website, any little bit helps.

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If you would like to shop locally I will be at the DC Meet Market for Pride Week!

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Here are new things  I am working on for you all!

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 I am in the process of listing all my illustration pendants and lockets on Etsy!

 I hope soon to follow with all my handmade rings… I should probably get a manicure before that though.

But as always, thank you all so very much for the love! I am so fortunate to be doing my own thing and I owe it all to you! win

Hey folks! Time for an ART SALE

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I am having a sale! 

Hurry on over to AlwaysApril to get your art prints for mothers day!

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! you heard that right folks!

When checking out with the one print you would like simply convo me the other you desire.

I have been creating all sorts of goodies and going all over the place to get a chance to meet you!

And now that I got accepted into ARTSCAPE I could use your support more then ever!

Keep the art alive!

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Follow me on FACEBOOK  and INSTAGRAM for more frequent updates

Baltimore Tattoo Convention 2014

Baltimore Tattoo Convention 2014

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Here are the stages of this lady coming together. As usuall I used a mechanical pencil with .5 and .7 lead. on Bristol. You can follow them on Instagram @april_alayne

Prints will be available on Etsy along with my others

I did this piece for the Voodoo Tattoo Expo in New Orleans Louisiana. I had a great time and even came home with some new ink myself. She is still healing but Micah,  who has been tattooing for over 20 years did and amazing job. I have named my new lace moth Eloise

nola1And had an amazing road trip up the coast and along the Blue Ridge Parkway, here is a little gallery of some of those pretty things!

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Up next I will be headed to the nova area to do GRUMP a fantastic holiday show put on by Artisphere! Shop local this season!

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This beard is for you

Beard Bouquet

“This beard is for you”

This is my newest illustration just in time for Valentines day. A handsome gentleman with a bouquet in his luscious beard just for you.
He was created on 11X14″ recycled Bristol with graphite.

I captured my prograssion via Instagram (@april_alayne)

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 Limited edition Giclee prints will be available soon. If you are interested in purchasing this print please feel free to give a “like”.

The print

The print

Thank you so much for taking a look! More to come shortly.

Feel free to follow me and my work on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

PRINTS AVAILABLE  HERE

“Lavender” for Alexis.

Hello everyone! Say hello to Lavender. 

© April Alane 2012

Lavender is a part of my girls collection. Commissioned by a lovely lady, Lavender is a design to compliment my Forgotten Crab-apples piece.

This design represents sorrow and a reflects a bit of sadness. Not only is she influenced by Celtic symbolism she is also strongly influenced by floriography, like most of my girls.

Both designs will be used for tattoos for Alexis that her tattoo artist will modify to his or her comfort.

This finished tattoos -hopefully- will be shown on Facebook

While I am on the topic of commissions and tattoo designs, Alexis has paid for both designs for her and her artist to use.

Finding the right tattoo artist is KEY to duplicating my work. While it would be nice to simply walk in to a shop and say “Hey you there! tattoo this on my body!” it doesn’t really work that way. Every tattoo artist has his or her own style so you should look for and artist that is fantastic with portraits.  Do some research, remember it is forever.

As I do appreciate when people use my illustrations for a tattoo it does raise the question of “stolen work”. I take it as a compliment always and forever first (truly I do!  “Can I get your artwork permanently on my body?” Uhh! yah! What an honor!) however in order for me to keep creating lovely designs for you all I also need to help keep the art alive.

If you would like to use a design or have some ideas of your own please feel free to contact me! I would love to hear  from you. And also take a look at my shop!

Thanks everyone and have a great night!

Darwin’s Daughter.

This is my new addition to my girls collection “Darwin’s Daughter”, I named her Cheli.

I have been asked by many to create a mermaid and this is what I came up with.  Ok so Cheli is not really your typical mermaid illustration but I enjoy the way she turned out.  I got whisked away on the classic story of the siren pining to be on land but with this illustration it dabbles with the thoughts of evolution as well. Like her sisters she is strongly influenced by floriography and symbolism. The Chelindonium plant in the lost language of flowers means the joys to come and compliments the Angraecum sesquipedale plant ( Darwin’s orchid) that represents hope.  The very suggestive Japanese flying fish is a symbol of time and stages of evolution. This being said Cheli I feel is the classic story of  The little mermaid with a scientific twist.

Cheli, will be available on Etsy very soon but in the mean time check out her sisters and other prints!

Have a great night every one.

Hand drawn necklaces

It certainty has been a while since my last post, everything from new nieces and nephews, new jobs, car crashes, and moving plans have been filling my time this summer! But I am getting back in to the swing of crafting and happy to share my new handmade  items with you!

This new collection it simple and sweet and perfect for the minimalist who enjoys handmade jewelry.

Each piece is hand drawn -by yours truly- using a fine point ink and a magnified glass and carefully crafted into a pendant. The necklace is paired with an adorable charm to give you a variety of ways to wear your new necklace.

 

Saturday I will hanging out with the fine crafters at the Ballston Arts  Market  Where my necklace will be ready to purchase for the first time!

Come have fun with me and 34 very talented artists for music and crafts this  Saturday at the Ballston Metro center! Check out some of the talent!

1). Kosmoceratops – Art Squared 

2). DCR Studios

3). Pocketful of Posy
4). Refined Creations
5). Noctiluna
6). Reinvented Elegance
7). asparagus!
8). Wunder Around
9). Olivos Art Studio
10). David Jenkins Papercutting
11). Dragonfly Key
12). Laughing Moon Artworks
13). Fitbliss Organics
14). Steven L. Miller Photography
15). Grey Moggie Press
16). April Alayne
17). Jon Wye
18). Linda Blackbourn Jewelry
19). Jenny Wen Jewelry
20). Allison Lange Photography
21). TreetoArt
22). Byrd Clothing Co.
23). Glamour ‘N’ Glitz
24). Sovereign Treaures
25). Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
26). Maggie’s Pottery
27). Signatures by LaNorma
28). Genevieve Lalle
29). Glazy Days & Nights
30). Bette’s Bags
31). Brighter Day Beads
32). Naked Decor
33). Melissa Lew
34). Fast Snail
Hope to see you there!!

That little guy borrowed from http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com/   You should totally check out that blog.

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