Alexandra completed an art foundation course at the University of Portsmouth in 1998, and then an illustration degree at Falmouth College of Arts.
Alexandra loves line drawings, spending the early stages of a project working on fluid, hand-sketched compositions. These are scanned into the computer for colouring, and textures are added to give the overall feel of a collage.
Looking at her illustrations, you can tell Alexandra’s style is influenced by nature and the four seasons. Indeed, much of her inspiration comes when she takes Bee, her Springer Spaniel, out for a walk. Though she uses computers, here images are full of hand-drawn warmth and sensitivity. The animal characters in the worlds she creates have innocent and caring personalities – perfect for illustrated storybooks.
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.
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