Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's almost time for the New Year. . . Goodbye 2011

  My goal was to have my website filled with new art by the time the New Year rolled around. However, with family things and whatnot, that has not happened. I am a little disappointed about that, but I did take the time today to come up with a revised design for the website with a couple of new pieces. I want to execute a couple more ideas I have floating around in my head and then I will put the new site up. Stay tuned! (my new goal is Jan. 31. Maybe by putting that here, I will actually get it done!)

Anyway, I have been hinting at a couple of pieces I was working on as Christmas presents which I can now post here.
The first was a set of "paintings" I did for my mom. She has a flowering plum tree in her front yard that she loves. So I did a drawing of the tree as well as a close up of one of the branches.
the pencil drawing
with tissue paper

with tissue paper
the pencil drawing

She loved a recent pencil drawing I did so I decided to keep the original sketch. I scanned it into the computer and then printed it on card stock. Using matte medium, I glued tissue paper over the drawings. I was pretty happy with the result. 

Another piece I did was for my sister. Last summer, I was able to spend a weekend at the beach with her and her family. From the trip, I got a lot of amazing photos. So I decided to do a painting of her children.

The first is the pencil sketch I did from the photo reference. The second is done in watercolor and pen and ink. I was really happy with the result as it is something I can add to my children's illustration portfolio.

2011 has been a good year for me. I graduated from the BFA Illustration Program at FIT, found a part time job working with great people, started this blog, met a bunch of great illustrators, and got a website up. I am excited for what the new year will hold: a new portfolio and hopefully some illustration jobs!
Happy New Year everyone. May it be better than 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I can't believe Christmas is only a week and a half away! Time flies when you are busy. While I am nowhere near ready for the 25th to be here, I must say I am very excited. I love the traditions of Christmas, and that most of my family is together in the same place for a couple days. I should be working on some secret projects (secret until the 26th of course), but I thought I would take a break and share some holiday cheer with all of you. Here is the card I did for the season to send to my family and friends (watch your mailboxes!) Hopefully I will be able to take my skates out this season like my friend here! Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Illustration Friday: Round

Hello Again. I am very excited to post my first picture for Illustration Friday (even if it is almost in time for the next word).

"The mouse pushed the round ball of yarn out of the basket to distract the cat chasing him and his fellow mice"

The word for this week was round. when brainstorming ideas of things that are round, I thought of balls of yarn. As many of my family members knit or crochet, this seemed like a good subject. I thought then, well how to make this interesting? and re-did a quick sketch I did a couple years ago that I called "Hide and Seek." For this picture, I used gouache, a watercolor brushtip pen (for the lines) and some digital collage. It isn't perfect but I thought the result was nice.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A little taste of Summer in November

I haven't posted anything here in a long time, but that does not mean I haven't been working!
I will say that most of my time (art time that is) is spent brainstorming and sketching ideas for new pieces for my portfolio. By Jan. 1 2012, I would like my website to be almost entirely work that I have done outside of school.  I need to get cracking on that, but soon I will be posting sketches for feedback!

Of course some projects will need to wait til after Christmas to be posted. . .  :)

In the meantime, I recently did a project for my mom. Since I was in middle school, my family has spent a week at the Jersey Shore (we called it that before certain television programs existed). The house we stayed at was one of the small bungalows that are built in neat little grids through Ocean Beach (where we stay.)  As a thank you for a recent stay (and for the many trips we had taken there in the past), my parents asked me to paint a picture of the house for the owners.  So, here it is.

The actual house

my painting

I haven't painted like this in awhile, so i was a bit unsure of the outcome, but they loved it!
(and since the customer was pleased,  I consider the project a success.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


So it has been awhile since I have posted here but I have been keeping busy with . . . (drum roll please). . . my website! I am not quite sure it is what I want it to be yet but I have a conference on Friday with professional illustrators and I can't wait for their feedback. If any of you have feedback feel free to let me know!
and now here it is

Friday, May 20, 2011

Some Documentary Art


Now that I am done with my undergrad (hooray!) hopefully I will be able to share more of my art with you. This work is from my class with Bil Donovan, a Documentary class where we went around the city and just drew people in the environment. The first one is one I did at Grand Central in the food court.
This second one is portraits of my classmates; the weather wasn't great for going outside but this was fun to do .This final one is from the Museum of Natural History.

These are done on watercolor paper toned with gouache and ink (except the dinosaur one is not toned). They are drawn with pen and ink.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


This is an assignment I did for Professor Sal Catalano's class. The theme was music. Since I would like to do children's illustration, I did a young girl playing a drum set of pots and pans. It is done in collage, with outlines in pen, and polka dots in gouache and pen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Persephone and the Pomegranate

Hey Everybody!

It's been awhile but I've been keeping busy. Here is a piece I did for school. We had to do a piece about adversity/adversaries, and I chose to illustrate Persephone and the Pomegranate from Greek Mythology. I did it with gouache, and the leaves and branches are collaged.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Anthropomorphism Assignment

For my oil painting class this semester, we have to do a painting that shows anthropomorphism. . . that is our teacher wants us to do an animal that has human characteristics. Here is the preliminary sketch for mine. I decided to do a koala that looks like Albert Einstein. I am going to work on the face a bit more I think, but I want to show my teacher before I do that to make sure he likes the idea. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Welcome to Anne Appert Illustration! I want this blog to showcase my work as an illustrator and be a way for me to share it with you. The first pieces I am posting are pieces that I worked on last semester with Fernanda Cohen, a very talented artist and fantastic mentor. They started as pencil sketches which I scanned into the computer and added color in photoshop. The clothes are digital collage, I scanned in pieces of scrapbooking paper for each article of clothing. They are by far my favorite pieces to date. Enjoy!