alice-bio-150x150One of my favorite aspects of Twitter is just how many amazing illustrations I stumble upon there. It’s how I discovered the lovely and colorful work of Alice Rebecca Potter, a designer and illustrator from London, England. Her simple lines and bold shapes make for a unique style all her own. Alice says of her work, “Big colours, strong shapes, and unforgiving lines continuously creep into my work. Lately that includes people, maps, and architecture, but I like to draw the natural world just as much.”

Alice was sweet enough to take some time and answer a few questions about her style and process. Thanks for the great interview, Alice!

Hi Alice! For those who aren’t familiar with your work, describe your style of illustration in one word.

Colourful!

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You went to school for Textile Design. What came first? Textile Design or Illustration?

Textiles came first, I suppose, because my mum was a textile designer in the 70s, so I was very aware of it. To be honest I didn’t really know much at all about illustration until a tutor suggested in my second year that maybe I should have done an illustration degree.

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You’ve had a chance to work on some fun projects. What was your favorite?

Yes, 2012 has definitely been kind to me. If I had to pick a favourite then it would be the recent Ted Baker project. I liked the freedom of the project, and also getting the chance to meet some of the other illustrators involved on a mass print signing day.

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Tell us a little about your process. Where do you get your ideas and how do translate them into a beautiful finished product?

When I am working on a project I tend to a little bit of collage or sketch in a sketchbook, which I then translate onto either Illustrator or Photoshop. I tend to build shapes and layers up, and then I play around a lot with colour until I am happy. Lastly, I consider texture and whether it is needed or not.

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I love the colors you use in your artwork. What is your favorite color or color scheme?

Thank you! I love colour too, and it has taken a long time for me to learn how to use it. I love using similar groups of colours in my work, for example, red on pink, and blues and greens. I think you will see a lot of these shades in my work.

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And finally, what fuels your illustration?

Eating well, and being healthy and full of energy. It’s the only way I get anything done!

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Find more of Alice Potter and her work here:

One of my absolute favorite books of all time is The Last Unicorn by one of my absolute favorite authors of all time (and good friend), Peter S. Beagle, and like many kids my age, I can quote the animated movie like no one’s business. Back in November, The Last Unicorn movie celebrated its 30th birthday: in 1982, the animated movie premiered at over 600 movie theaters across the country.

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“That wasn’t a lot, even back then (‘big’ releases showed on two or three times as many screens) and the promotional budget was next to nonexistent — only $150,000 nationwide for press kits and newspaper advertising. (Television ads? Billboards? Forget it. Way too expensive.) Despite these limitations, however, something miraculous happened. When the box office reports came in for the weekend, The Last Unicorn was the #6 film in America.” (The Raven, Peter Beagle’s eNewsletter, 11.19.12)

If you aren’t familiar with the book or the movie, here’s a quick summary. It was written in 1968 by Peter S. Beagle, and is about a unicorn, the very last of her kind, and her journey to find out what happened to all the others. It features a wonderful collection of characters that help (or hinder) the unicorn on the way. There are wizards, illusions, princes, dragons, and of course, magic. The perfect mixture for a perfect fantasy epic. The movie is a beautiful adaptation of the book – as it should be since Peter also wrote the screenplay. A list of amazing actors appears in the movie – Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury, Jeff Bridges, and Mia Farrow, just to name a few.

So in celebration of 30 years of The Last Unicorn movie (and of the recent successful TLU tour which I was honored to be a part of – I’ll be writing more about THAT soon – I promise!), I’m doing a showcase of some of my favorite fanart illustrations. Because I think there are few things that really show how much and how many people love something than fans making their own art for it. So without further ado.

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The Fuel Your Illustration Update

While I haven’t been updating here much, I still do blog over at Fuel your Illustration. Sometimes. Rondal is an amazing co-editor and I’m pretty sure FYI wouldn’t be anywhere if it weren’t for him. Thanks Rondal! Anyhoo, here are some of my recent contributions.

Fuel Your Illustration Articles!

Webcomic WednesdayWebcomic Wednesday: Promises, Imagination, & Cleopatra in Space
June 29th, 2011
“Oh how I have pined for my weekly adventure into the kingdom of Webcomics. Oh Wednesdays, for too long you had lost your meaning to me. But no more…”

Forgotten ColoursColours Not Forgotten: Interview with the Forgotten Colours Crew
July 19th, 2011
“A few weeks back, we introduced you to Forgotten Colours, a beautiful and inspiring iPad app that was filled with stories and illustrations…”

WomanthologyWomanthology: The Not-So-Webcomic Wednesday Special Edition
July 27th, 2011
“Not to isolate the male comic book artists out there, but as a geeky girl with an intense attraction to visual storytelling, I absolutely love learning…”

Paul KeskeyThey’re Not Faeries: Kickstarter & Interview with Paul Keskey
August 23rd, 2011
“When I was little, I was obsessed with the Dark Crystal (okay, maybe I still am). As I grew older, I discovered more works by Brian Froud and fell in love…”

And today’s article, a co-interview with Rondal:

Marcelo vignaliIllustrate Like a Boxer: Interview with Artist Marcelo Vignali
September 7th, 2011
“This week the staff here at Fuel Your Illustration is proud to introduce a very special guest: Marcelo Vignali. Joining us from his home studio in California…”

Write For Us!

These are just my articles, there are a ton more of them over at Fuel Your Illustration by my awesome co-editor and some great guest writers. Interested in writing for us? Head on over and contact us! We’d love to hear from you.

Past Fuel Your Illustration Articles

I have been making occasional blog posts over at Fuel your Illustration. One of my new year’s resolutions (that’s another blog post entirely) was to be a better editor, and I’m certainly trying, though life likes to throw curve balls that limit my blogging time. BUT. I’ve got a few good posts I’d like to share with you.

Fuel Your Illustration Articles!

Animals in WebcomicsWebcomic Wednesday: Animals in Webcomics
December 15th, 2010
“I love animals. Much of my life is dedicated to them in fact, so it makes sense that some of my favorite webcomics happen to have animals in them…”

Interview with Patrick O'LearyInterview with Patrick O’Leary
December 23rd, 2010
“A few weeks ago, while I was putting together one of our fabulous Five Flickr Fridays, I realized that I kept picking artwork from the same individual…”

Gregory ThielkerGregory Thielker’s Oil Paintings
January 10th, 2011
“Sometimes you come across an artist whose work just takes your breath away. That’s what happened when I was introduced to the paintings of…”

Bard Hole Standal InterviewInterview with Bard Hole Standal
January 17th, 2011
“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer and illustrator. In fact, I wanted to create children’s books and I wanted them to be fun…”

And today’s article:

Epic WebcomicsWebcomic Wednesday: Art of the Epic Graphic Novel
February 9th, 2011
“Comics. Graphic novels. Is a comic a graphic novel or is a graphic novel a comic? I tend to think of a graphic novel as an epic comic, but comics don’t necessarily…”

Write For Us!

These are just my articles, there are a ton more of them over at Fuel Your Illustration by my awesome co-editor and some great guest writers. Interested in writing for us? Head on over and contact us! We’d love to hear from you.

For the Love of Dog: Pet Portrait Artists!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am a huge animal lover and I’m very passionate about the many animals that are in my life. Combine that with my love of art and you’ve got the perfect mix for today’s article: a showcase of three incredibly talented pet artists. These three woman create beautiful pieces of artwork in very different styles that bring to life beloved dogs and cats a like (and horses and goldfish and what have you). They all have a passion for animals as well and it can plainly be seen in the love and detail they put into every single painting. Enjoy!

Chelsea Conlin

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Rachael Rossman

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Kristin Bowen

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FYIllo: New Editors for Illustration!

That’s right! Fuel Your Illustration, one of the many awesome online magazines brought to you by the Fuel Brand Network, has two new editors working to bring you the best content in online illustration. Who are these awesome individuals, you ask?

Well one of them happens to be me! After writing for the magazine since February, I am now officially with a new title. The other editor is my new friend and partner-in-crime, Rondal Scott of GhostLabs Studio and Strange Kids Club. Together, we are bringing fresh new content to our favorite FUEL site. You can read the Fuel Brand Network Announcement here. Join us for some awesome illustration and comic resources over at Fuel Your Illustration! And don’t forget to follow us on twitter for even more fun links.

Artist Showcase: A Celebration of Spring!

While there is still snow in many parts of the world, here in Texas Spring has sprung! The bluebonnets have taken over every roadside, the sun is out, and the bugs are everywhere! So in celebration of a new season, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Spring-inspired illustrations from DeviantArt. If you’re still dealing with the cold and snow, I hope these make you a little warmer. Enjoy!

JENNY CLEMENTS

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JENNIFER MILLER

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ADO CERIC

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CHELSEA CONLIN

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LAURA PELICK

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CAMILLE CHING-YUN KUO

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ANRY NEMO

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STEPHANIE PUI-MUN LAW

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BREEANN VEENSTRA

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Covered Blog (Comic Covers)!

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Calvin and Hobbes by Chris Hoobler

So I don’t know about you, but back in the day I collected comic books. Okay, that’s a lie, I STILL collect comic books. And no matter how many of my own characters I come up with, I love to make fanart of my favorite superheros. But nothing I have ever come up with is as cool as the awesome re-works that are showcased over at Covered, a blog run by cartoonist Robert Goodin. Artists from all over take their favorite comic covers and redesign them in their own style, and the results are pretty phenomenal. Here are a few of our favorites for your enjoyment (originals on the left, revised covers on the right).

The New Mutants by Ptricio Oliver

The New Mutants by Ptricio Oliver

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The Amazing Spiderman by Dan Lehane

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The Spider-Woman by Paul Sizer

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Star Trek by Alex Fine

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Tank Girl by Nic Cowan

My Debut at Fuel Your Illustration

Fuel Brand Network

So if you’ve been living under a pretty solid rock that past year or so, you might not have heard of the Fuel Brand Network. It was founded by Adelle Charles and Joshua Smibert, and together they have created a virtual treasure trove of amazing resource magazines online. The Fuel Brand Network is made of websites for bloggers, photographers, applications, branding, coding, user interface, production, writing, motionography, venture, and all creative minds. And, of course, there’s the popular Fuel Your Illustration, my personal favorite.

Fuel Your Illustration

A little while ago I sent in a request to do a guest piece for FYIllo and got to talking to the editor, Alex Eben Meyer. Well one thing led to another, and the next thing I know, I’m on the phone with Joshua Smibert himself about some of the ideas both he and I had for the website. So now, I am excited to announce that I am an official contributer/writer for Fuel Your Illustration (look, I’m even in the about section).

My debut article is currently up, entitled “For the Love of Calvin” – it’s a short description about my experiences with Calvin & Hobbes growing up, and the new and long-awaited documentary in the making called Dear Mr. Watterson. Check it out, let me know what you think, and look forward to more articles from me that may or may not include concept art from my favorite MMORPGs, interviews with art directors, webcomic techniques and process, and much more! And don’t forget to check out all the other sites in the ever-growing Fuel Brand Network.