Allison Black Illustration
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Then | Now

Step back in time with an art book that celebrates childhood art from professional artists then and now! Thirty creatives share special pieces from their childhood along with re-imagined versions of that art with the skills they’ve obtained over years of practice.  Giggle at their humble beginnings! Marvel at their progression! Each artist has included insights and anecdotes for each image, giving a small peek into the artists’ personalities, interests and imaginations.  

Then | Now: Childhood Revisited

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Various Contributing Artists through Kickstarter | August 2017 | Softcover

Step back in time with an art book that celebrates childhood art from professional artists then and now! Thirty creatives share special pieces from their childhood along with re-imagined versions of that art with the skills they’ve obtained over years of practice.  Giggle at their humble beginnings! Marvel at their progression! Each artist has included insights and anecdotes for each image, giving a small peek into the artists’ personalities, interests and imaginations.  

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Age 7: In second grade my school participated in a national AAA traffic safety poster contest. For some reason I chose to make a pear shaped monster to depict the slogan ‘Look All Ways Before Crossing.’ When I found out I was one of the merit winners, I was absolutely ecstatic. To date it’s still my favorite award.

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Now: When revisiting this artwork, I wanted to give the pear shaped monster some friends who are equally as interested in traffic safety as he was all those years back. So here they are, holding hands and utilizing the crosswalk like good, upstanding monsters. Don’t forget to ‘Look Both Ways Before Crossing!’

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Now: I have continued to do portraits of my parents’ dogs over the past twenty-four years, but I hadn’t gotten around to illustrating their most recent furry family members. Here they are: Ellie (black lab) and Josie (hound mix). Josie likes to sit on an old plaid chair and rule over the house!

Age 5: I grew up in a family obsessed with animals and I was always doing portraits of our pets. This is a drawing of Maude, our yellow lab. I think my sister told me it was cool to draw sunglasses on suns!