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Alissa is a freelance children’s illustrator. She lives with her husband, 4 brilliant children, and approximately 37 pet fish in South-East Idaho, USA.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an Emphasis in Illustration from BYU-Idaho. She continues to seek knowledge whenever the opportunity presents itself. She primarily works in watercolor, but also uses a variety of mixed media to create her illustrations. She is knowledgeable of digital tools and often uses photoshop and procreate. She is also a member of the SCBWI and enjoys participating in events.
Some of her artistic heroes include Norman Rockwell, Mary Blair, Peter DeSeve, Tony DiTerlizzi, Claire Keane, and Molly Idle. She is also inspired by early Disney films that she watched as a child such as The Aristocats, Cinderella, and Winnie the Pooh. She loves listening to audiobooks and theatrical soundtracks as she paints.
When Alissa isn’t drawing she enjoys exploring and RV-ing in the great outdoors with her family, baking chocolate chip cookies, and reading. There is typically a stack of books piled high on her nightstand. She is particularly drawn to fairy tales, light-hearted fantasy, and funny stories that make her children giggle when she reads them aloud.
Whimsical, Creative, and/or Magical Picture Books
Young Reader Chapter Book Series (maybe with a fantastical element)
Sweet Picture Book Story with Babies
Witches, Magic, and Halloween (whimsical and magical)
Fairytale Spin-offs or Makeover Projects
Writing and Illustrating my own Stories
TEN THINGS I LOVE
Stories with Magic
Trips to the Zoo
Baby Animals (and Baby Humans too!)
The Last Day of School
Long Walks through Ikea
All images copyright 2019 Alissa Empey