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Allison Stanley
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
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Convention Listing for 2015:
Done - Ikkicon - Austin, TX - January 2-4th, 2015
Done - Ohayocon - Columbus, Ohio January 30th- February 1st, 2015
:bulletpink: Mizuumi Con :bulletpink: - San Antonio, TX March 21st, 2015
:bulletpink: Anime Matsuri :bulletpink: - Houston, TX April 3-5, 2015
:bulletpink: Scarborough Renaissance Festival :bulletpink: - Waxahachie, TX - Last 2 Weekends including memorial day monday
:bulletpink: Alamo City Tattoo Show :bulletpink: - San Antonio, TX - June 12-15, 2015
:bulletpink: GenCon :bulletpink: - Indianapolis, IN July 30-August 2nd, 2015
(I will not be at San Japan, but my sister Electra Stanley will be)
:bulletpink: Texas Renaissance Festival :bulletpink: - Todd Mission, TX - 8 weekends

(I may or may not be at AWA, DragonCon or Anime Fest. I might do a gun show or two as well.)

Convention Listing for 2014:
Done - Dallas Comic-Con May 16th 2014
Done - Scarborough Renaissance Festival - Waxahachie, TX - Last 2 Weekends
Done - A-Kon - Dallas, TX - June 6 – 8, 2014 - Table C-17
Done - Texas Comicon 2014 - San Antonio, TX - June 20-22, 2014 (AA table A26)
Done - San Japan - San Antonio, TX - July 18-20, 2014 - (Artist Alley Table H1)
Done - ArmadilloCon - Austin, TX - July 25-27, 2014 (I spoke at five panels.)
Done - Anime Overload - Austin, TX - August-10 2014 Table 122
Done - AnimeFest - Dallas, TX - August 15-18, 2014
Done - DragonCon - Alanta, GA - August 29 - Sept 1st
Done - Alamo City Comic Con - San Antonio, TX - September 26-28th
Done - Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission, TX - 8 weekends - October 12th-December 1st

Done - Sherwood Forest Faire - McDade, TX - 8 Weekends February 9th - March 31st, 2013
Done - Scarborough Renaissance Festival - Waxahachie, TX - 4 Weekends April 6th-28th
Done - A-Kon - Dallas, TX - May 31st - June 2nd
Done - Fan Expo - Toronto, ON - August 22-25 2013 table A134
Done - Dragon Con - Alanta, GA - August 30 - Sept 2nd
Done - Baltimore Comic-Con - Baltimore, MD Sept 7-8th 2013
Done - Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission, TX - 1 weekend - 1001 Dreams - October 19th & 20th

Done - Mizuumi-con - San Antonio, TX - March 31
Done - A-Kon - Dallas, TX - June 1-3
Done - Texas Comicom - San Antonio, TX - June 22-24
Done - San Japan - San Antonio, TX - Aug 10-12
Done - RealmsCon - Corpus Christi, TX - Oct 12-14
Done - Wizard World Austin Comic Con - Austin, TX - Oct 26-28
Done - Austin's First Thursday Arts and Craft Show - Nov 1st, 2012
Done - Austin's First Thursday Arts and Craft Show - Dec 6th, 2012
Done - IkkiCon -Austin, TX - December 28-30
Ink-artist Allison Stanley has had a passion for drawing and an entrepreneurial spirit since childhood. She left secondary school at the age of fifteen to pursue art as a business, and is completely self-taught.

Allison works traditionally with a metal-nibbed dip pen and black ink, inheriting techniques from ancient illuminated manuscripts, from gold leaf to calligraphy to microscopic detail à la Book of Kells. The Rococo art movement is another influence: her signature black & white style is richly ornamental. Delicate line-work, intricate surface patterns and swirling flourishes clothe with regal elegance her deeply imaginative and symbolic designs, filling every square inch of the canvas with interest.

Drawing inspiration from early Christian poetry and fairy tales, beauty and meaning are chief among her values, e.g. her Philosophy of Ornament: "Covering an image with ornament is like turning it to gold, or setting it to music; it glorifies it, revealing the inner nature of the subject on its visible surface. The result is enchanting yet mysterious, for it is a revelation of something originally invisible, like a scent, a mood, or an ideology. Ornament is a metaphor, the essential element of poetry."

An admirer of Nature, Allison's personal flower garden and dried flower collection enrich her work.

Since 2010, Allison has explored a variety of media: she has inked traditionally on calf skin vellum and parchment; tooled, burned and manipulated leather; carved wooden art frames; worked with 24kt gold, palladium and tin leaf; custom painted a GT Mustang; and painted a 5-ft wide acrylic painting on wood which included the likeness of seventy-four different people upon commission. She is currently designing an illustrated poetry book, with her elder sister, Rebecca Zara Stanley, acting as writer and co-producer.


Dame Liffe by AllisonStanley
Dame Liffe
Media: Oak gall ink on calf-skin vellum with 24kt Russian gold leaf.
Size: 7.75” x 9”

Many perfuming plants are decorating her; jasmine, mint, frankincense, myrrh, olive leaves, dandelion, lavender, climbing nightshade, cornflower, damask roses and more.
I've illustrated her before in, 'A girl named Spectrum' and in other works. I took a recording of my work in progress. You can watch it here:…

Shee was brighter of her blee then was the bright sonn,
her rudd redder then the rose that on the rise hangeth,
meekely smiling with her mouth & merry in her lookes,
euer laughing for loue as she like wold;
& as shee came by the bankes the boughes eche one
they lowted to that Ladye & layd forth their branches.
Blossoms & burgens breathed ffull sweete,
fflowers fflourished in the frith where she fforth stepedd,
& the grasse that was gray greened beliue.
   (Anonymous, "Death & Liffe" I lines 65-73)

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Improvement Meme 2005-2014 by AllisonStanley
Improvement Meme 2005-2014
This is an overview of my art career.

Progress was slow before 2009. Building a library of reference material was very important (as well as leaving highschool.)
I had all of these kicking around on my computer already so this was a breeze to make. I was blessed with access to scanners as a child.

Updated for year 2014! I aim to keep this up to date. It's therapeutic to review the year.

Original template:… by =Kamaniki

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Wedding Invitation by AllisonStanley
Wedding Invitation

Media: Carbon black India ink on cotton paper. There are hints of 24kt Russian Gold Leaf.
Size: 5” x 7”

This was created as a wedding invitation and thank you card set. The artwork features a petunia, several roses, a pinecone, a tulip, a giant pelican flower, a daylily, and a prickly pear cactus blossom.

If you are interested in using this artwork for your own wedding invitations or thank you cards email me to discuss licensing options.

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daeien Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Happy Birthday! :D :party: :cake: :party: :D
AllisonStanley Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I feel very welcomed. 
daeien Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
AllisonStanley Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
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