Friday, November 10, 2017


New art! Based on the poem by E.E. Cummings. "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea."--E. E. Cummings #beach #childrensillustration #narrativeart
Detail from a piece I did for a recent session https://illustrationdept.com/ class with Giuseppe Castellano.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#mailersandcoffee

Do you see my postcard, just right of the lower coffee cup? I'm thrilled to have another postcard featured in #mailersandcoffee (a weekly twitter post by Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano and his design assistant Olivia Kane @oliviakane27).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pigling Bland, by Beatrix Potter

Here is the piece I did for October 14th SCBWI-OK illustration webinar with Giuseppe Castellano!

Thanks, Jerry Bennett, IC-OKSCBWI for organizing and Giuseppe for teaching us about children's book illustration. It was amazing to see all the variations on the Beatrix Potter stories.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

David Geister

My friend David Geister has been painting a series of three "World War One America" murals at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul for months. In this photo, you can see him work on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. His pictures are full of the notable people during 1914-1918. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and William Randolph Hearst are just some of the famous portraits that fill his paintings.
And David is such a great guy he handed me his painting palette and let me take a crack at his painting! President Woodrow Wilson stands in front of the memorial, next to Teddy Roosevelt.
Here I am painting the collar of Mary Pickford, Americas first sweetheart of silent film. The blue shadow just to the left of her chin looks out of place but he coached me on how to transition the values on the collar.

It is such a treat to see his work up close and in progress. There are so many figures to work on. Bravo, David!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sub It Club

The Postcard Post features Alicia Schwab this month. Illustrator self-promotion tips galore. Come see!

Dwarf Nose, by Wilhelm Hauff

Here is the final art I made with the deliciously sinister Herbwise (herb) fairy from Dwarf Nose, a classic fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff, with rich unforgettable characters and suspenseful turns. The main character, Jacob is cursed after insulting a wicked fairy at the market. The outlandish spell she casts on him will change his life forever. After seven years of hard labor, Jacob escapes his curse only to changed into Dwarf Nose. He must labor seven more years to break the curse and be reunited with his family. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hold the cabbage!

Here's a sneak peak at part of a spread based on the fairy tale Dwarf Nose, by Wilhelm Hauff.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Emily Taylor

My dear friend Emily Taylor's passing is already a month ago. I miss her smile, art, critiques, and her enthusiasm for life. Emily taught art at a local community center and was giving person right to the end. She was a regular participant at the monthly MN SCBWI critique group meet-up in Edina, MN. I enjoyed collaborating with her and our friends at an illustrator retreat with in Grand Marais, MN in May, 2017. It seems so long ago now. I know she is in a better place. All my love, Alicia

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mice Are Nice

I painted a series of mice going on an adventure in the woods. I grew up in the lush wooded hills of southern Wisconsin where spent many happy hours wandering the woods, building forts with my brother and sister. I love to the feel of earth between my toes.

In these paintings, I had a lot of fun with the mark making in the negative space.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota

Yesterday was a book adventure! I took part in a tour of the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota. If you ever want to explore a hidden Twin Cities treasure, this is the place! 90 feet below the ground floor of the Anderson Library on the UofM lies an archival collection of books, manuscripts, sketches and other collectibles, that spans an area of 2 football fields.

Down, down, down the elevator we go, past the stalactites and into the caverns containing the stacks of priceless collections.








First draft of Because Of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo http://www.katedicamillo.com/books/bowd.html


















After the tour, we were able to view original paintings for GOODNIGHT MOON, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd.





We also got to look at the sketches, dummies and 3d final art for BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, by Melissa Sweet, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal.




What a treat that was. That was not my first or last trip to the Kerlan. I feel very lucky to have such easy access to a place like that!

SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery



As the Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI Minnesota, I started a program earlier in 2017 called the SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery. It is an online gallery for our members to showcase their self-promotion postcards.

I really enjoy seeing it grow from the ground up.  And I look forward to many posts to come. We will update this gallery 4x/year. See you July 15th!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Twin Cities Picture Book Salon

We had a blast making cards at the Twin Cities Picture Book Salon, last night. The salon takes place at the Loft.org in Minneapolis. http://mollybethgriffin.com/events/

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shoutout onTwitter #mailersandcoffee






Each week Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano shares on Twitter #mailersandcoffee — a weekly illustration mailer review with his design assistant @jayrosenfeld. This week he featured my illustration!  Here's a link to Giuseppe Castellano's tweet.  My postcard is also featured over at SCBWI-Minnesota Postcard Gallery page. You can find me on twitter @aschwabart.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 MN SCBWI Banner Contest

I am the Illustrator Coord. for SCBWI Minnesota. In 2015, I began hosting an annual Banner Contest for MN SCBWI members to participate in.

We have had great participation in years past when the contest was displayed at the MN SCBWI Fall Conference, but this year we moved the event online so that everyone can view the art at anytime.

The winning entry will be displayed in the regional SCBWI Minnesota website and the new! SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery for one year. All MN SCBWI members are eligible to vote on the entries through a survey sent to their inbox.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Postcard Gallery

As the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Minnesota, I created a Postcard Gallery for the SCBWI Minnesota illustrator members to showcase their postcards 4x/year!

This website gives participants the initiative to work on their marketing skills by submitting their postcards to the gallery up to four times a year.

The participants can increase traffic to their portfolio website by creating buzz on social media.