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:

Etsy Showcase #1: White Dragon Paper

Guess what time it is! It’s New Series Time! That’s right, I’m bringing in a series I’ve been wanting to write for ages and I’m so excited about. I just opened my own Etsy shop and I often fall in love with fellow handmade creatives. So now I’m going to start highlighting and showcasing my favorites. I’m so proud to say that my first showcase is not only a fellow shopkeeper, but they’re also my friend! Introducing: Rocky Lawton of White Dragon Paper!

White Dragon Paper: The Interview

Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a 24 year old college student studying Environmental & Social Geography at The Ohio State University. I’ve always been artistic and creative, but what I work with has ranged from pencils and paint, to wood, and more recently paper. I am owned by several furry critters including a beagle, guinea pig, rabbit, and a rat.

When did you first decide to start making papers and inks? What got you on this path?

I started making paper maybe 4 yours ago. I just got bored one summer and found some simple directions online. After messing around with the basics, I started tweaking my recipes and techniques to produce better quality paper. I soon had stacks and stacks of paper with nothing to do with them. On a lark, I tried selling the papers, and found they were popular enough to pay for my tuition at community college. Since then it’s been a dream of mine to work full time making my papers, envelopes, and inks, as well as any additional products I come up with.

What’s your favorite part of the paper-making process?

My favorite part is pulling the crisp, dry papers off the drying rack and seeing a stack of a couple hundred clean sheets. That is the perfectly balanced moment between seeing my hard work finished and knowing it will soon be sent off to someone else as the materials for their project.

You have so many different kinds of papers! Where do you get the inspiration from?

Mostly I get my inspiration from my available materials and customers. If I have a pile of colored paper to recycle, that’s where the inspiration to make red or blue or teal colored papers comes from. Occasionally though I get a request from a customer for paper that I don’t currently have available. Once I make the product, if it turns out to be a good product, I’ll offer it regularly in my shop.

I love the name White Dragon Paper – where did it come from?

Well, my first papers were plain white because I mostly used recycled computer paper. The dragon comes from my favorite mythical animal, and paper…well, that’s pretty self-explanatory! I tried a few different arrangements of the words, but liked White Dragon Paper the best, and stuck with it, using a white dragon resting on top of a stack of paper as my company logo.

And finally… What’s your favorite piece in your shop right now? What do you hope to have more of in the future?

My favorite item in my shop is the original white paper. I love how clean it looks, but upon closer inspection it has so much depth, and each batch has a slightly different flair to it depending on what was put in as the recycled material. In the future though, I hope to have more colored papers, and a steady supply of them. The plan is to team up with some local schools to collect their recyclable papers, which will hopefully give me a steady supply of colored flyers and folders that I can use to make a rainbow of papers in various sizes, and hopefully matching envelopes.

White Dragon Paper: Featured Products

Hope you enjoy our new series and don’t forget to check out White Dragon Paper on Etsy!