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Alexandra Ball

Alexandra Ball

Alexandra holds a degree in Illustration from the well respected, Falmouth College of Arts. Since then she has explored a wide range of different art mediums and has now developed a unique style using Photoshop on the computer. The illustrations start off as a pencil sketch that when finished are scanned into the computer. Here Alexandra colours her work using a combination of different patterns and textures, of which she holds a bank of examples. The use of texture gives the illustration a natural almost collagey feel and draws it away from the what-can-be bland computerised look.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Alexandra: I think it all started around the age of 2 when I drew a picture of a chicken laying an egg (I have it in a frame at my desk) since then I have always been drawing and writing stories. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Alexandra: Yes, I went to Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall to do a BA (Hons) in Illustration. Question: Where are you originally from? Alexandra: I grew up on a farm in a small village in Hampshire where I had an idyllic childhood with my older brother, running around fields, making dens and climbing trees. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Alexandra: The bright lights of London drew me in over 4 years ago, but recently moved a little way out to Surrey in order to stretch my legs. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Alexandra: I suppose my childhood and nature. Question: How do you get your ideas? Alexandra: Generally I get them at night when I’m trying to get to sleep. A little idea will pop into my head and I will have to get up and sketch it down before I forget. Question: Do you collect anything? Alexandra: I collect nice textures and patterns which I can scan in and use in my illustrations. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Alexandra: My grandad’s old trunk, full of patterned paper is a sort of substitute scrapbook.
Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Alexandra: I play left wing in a women’s football team and have recently started climbing. I also have a great interest in wildlife and enjoy spending as much time as possible outside. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Alexandra: My dream would be to illustrate my own children’s book. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Alexandra: Edmund Dulac, Raymond Briggs, Oliver Jeffers. Question: Who is/are your design hero/es? Alexandra: Ben Law – AKA The Woodland House designer from Grand Designs. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Alexandra: I’ve always liked working with kids so I suspect I’d be a primary school teacher. Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Alexandra: I’d like to go to the Australian rainforest to hear a lyre bird mimic unusual noises then I’d head off to New Zealand in search of a kakapo. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Alexandra: A cottage in the country where I would keep chicken and bees and grow my own vegetables. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Alexandra: Too many to say them all here, but the one most used would probably be BBC radio 7. I listen to it whilst creating my illustrations.
Candis Magazine, EECI, FolkUnion.com, Langland, Red Rocket Design Ltd, Reveal Magazine, ,

Gallery: Here & Now Gallery, 41a Killigrew Street, Falmouth
Art Equipment/Tool: Definitely a 2B pencil and good quality metal sharpener
Food: Mushroom risotto or Vegetable Thai Green Curry mmm mmmm mmm!
Drink: homemade Mango Smoothie
Website: Its Gorgeous