Her style has a natural feel to it and although Alex likes drawing women of color most, her projects include people of all races, backgrounds and genders. She knows the ropes from the client side as well, having worked on Clio-winning projects for a top advertising agency.
Born and raised in Los Angeles with a Filipino heritage, Alex is inspired by women street artists like Fafi, Miss Van and Koralie; the comic artist and illustrator James Jean; and strong female characters like Chun-Li from Streetfighter and Wednesday Addams.
Alex has a BFA in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Working in Photoshop, Alex sketches up her composition then blocks in the colors in rough shapes. The details are refined via the line work and in the final step textures are added and the colours are tweaked to get the contrast right.
Color, contrast, graphical lines, beauty, eye contact and flowers wherever possible are all hallmarks of Alex’s style. Portraiture is a specialty, although she works with almost any subject including the delicious renderings in her food range.
Best Wildpost – Golden Trailer Awards - 2016
Gold in Theatrical Print Technique – Clio Awards – 2015
Finalist in Theatrical Print Technique – Clio Awards - 2015
What led you to become an illustrator?
I always liked to draw so it’s something that I pictured doing for the rest of my life.
Did you studio illustration at college (if so where)?
I graduated at Otis College of Art and Design, and studied concept art.
Where did you grow up?
Los Angeles, CA
Where do you live now and what drew you there?
I live somewhere in LA in between the city and the beaches.
Describe your studio for us
My “studio” is a small desk in the living room. I work from home.
Who or What is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration are my own insecurities, but turning them into something beautiful.
How do you get your ideas?
I watch a lot of anime, I read comics and manga, I try to keep up with high fashion, I watch a lot of Youtube videos and music videos, and sometimes I get ideas from my daily walk.
What are your interests outside of illustration?
I like food, so I try to discover new foods to eat in Los Angeles. I also experiment with baking, and sometimes I attempt to recreate recipes I grew up with because I don’t live in an area that has food from my culture.
Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed
So far, the illustration I’ve done for Entertainment Weekly was a dream come true.
What would be your dream job/commission?
I would like to create variant covers for a comic book. I would like to do more editorial illustrations too.
Why is illustration such a powerful medium?
You can create something that goes beyond what can be captured in real life, and can inspire people or represent a movement.
How much of your work is hand drawn?
I draw everything using Photoshop, but I always start with a sketch, even though it’s done digitally.
How do you envisage illustration evolving?
With VR or AR coming into play, possibly.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d like to visit Japan some day.
Have you any hidden talents?
I played the violin for 13 years, and was part of youth orchestras that performed at places like the Alex Theatre, the Skirball, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I’m cool where I’m at.