Alanna CartierToronto, Ontario, CA
I'm Alanna and I'm an Illustrator
I’m also a collector of cookbooks, mother to one fat cat, and cultivator of genius hair. I spend a fair amount of time scrubbing gouache off of my upper arms, even though I have absolutely no idea how it got there. I believe that talent is a myth that can stop us from pursuing our creative passions. I believe practice makes progress, and that perfection is imaginary (and boring to boot!). I believe in community and collaboration over competition, which is why I help run the Everyday Creatives, an online creative cooperative. I am also a big nerd for learning, I teach classes online through Skillshare (I'm one of their top teachers!), and in-person workshops and classes through Articulations, a lovely local art shop in Toronto, Canada.
I spend my free time preparing elaborate dinner parties for people I love, playing board games with my husband, reading way too many library books, and petting my fat cat’s tummy. I love when the world comes alive in the spring, and when the leaves start to change in the fall. I am very afraid of stairs with no risers.
Recipes By Alanna Cartier
Even though I am gluten-free, I'm not sure there is a cozier thing on planet Earth than a spot of jam on toast. All the glittering colours of jam, the satisfying crunch and the homey smell of freshly toasted bread. I wanted to capture that feeling in this illustration.
I am an introvert. Big time, and with the ongoing pandemic, my work-from-home-by-myself space has turned into a bustling shared office full of activity. It's been a bit overwhelming. While I absolutely love my husband, I just want a lazy afternoon away from his loud-talking voice. As soon as I started to think of my dream picnic, I couldn't stop imagining a few quiet minutes alone with a book and the breeze and a nice hearty sandwich. So this picnic illustration is for everyone out there who needs a quiet moment with only the trees for company.
To me, the very first signs of summer are the bright yellow faces of the dandelions springing up everywhere. What better way to celebrate summer in a salad than by tossing some of their tasty greens with salty bacon and a hot, salty vinaigrette. The greens are bitter, so if you don't like bitter, you may want to add a little sugar to the dressing.