Illustration
Alexandra Ball  
Café
One Tree Books Café - a local cafe inside a local bookshop, selling local made cakes and nibbles - ideal
Art Equipment/Tool
Faber- Castel 2B pencil together with a nice A4 ring-bound sketchbook.
Food
Crackers of any sort. I think I have a problem, but I’ve always been addicted.
Drink
Redbush / Rooibos tea with oat milk
Shop
I like to route around antique shops. None in particular.
Website
https://www.terracycle.co.uk
Holiday/Travel Destination
Port Jackson, North Island, New Zealand.
What led you to become an illustrator? Fate. I was initially led off the path for a number of years, but fate (and the credit crunch) gave me a shove back in the right direction. Did you study illustration at college? Yes! I went to Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall, and absolutely loved it. Freedom, Friends and Fun…..oh, and obviously learning to illustrate! Where did you grow up? My early years in the very middle of the Hampshire countryside, where myself and my brother were able to play freely. Running, climbing and imagining. Do you have a childhood memory relating to drawing/art that you hold dear? My Granny was a painter and we had one of her oil paintings hanging over the fireplace. The painting happened to be of a bunch of sunflowers and whenever anyone saw it they’d say, ‘is that a Van Gogh?’. I’d say, ‘no! My granny did that!’ I was always very proud. Where do you live now and what drew you there? Having lived in a good few different locations, I’ve now homing-pigeoned my way back to about 5 miles away from the house I was born in. It’s just such lovely countryside and surroundings that I want to now give my daughter similar, natural experiences as I had growing up. Describe your studio for us My studio quite often isn’t confined to one room. To the occasional annoyance of my partner, you can quite often find a sketchbook, pencils, and putty rubber in most rooms. My ‘actual’ studio is a room full of far too many things that probably do not need to be kept. Who or What is your biggest inspiration? My dog, Bee, has always been such a great inspiration to me. She is a springer spaniel so has boundless enthusiasm and energy. She’s maybe a tad naughty at times, but she’s so fun and happy that you can’t get too annoyed for long. I now have a little girl who, actually, I could describe with the exact same words as I did for the dog. Both my little creatures give me ideas for illustrations on a daily basis.
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Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed I worked on a project for Vista Jet. It was the first proper project since having time off after having my little girl. It was nice to remember I still had imagination and I could still draw. What would be your dream job/commission? I’d love to work on something that was made into an animation. Some of my work has been animated in apps previously and seeing a character that I’ve created come to life is so amazing. To have my work become a proper moving narrative would be the dream. Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Unlike words, one quick glimpse of a picture and you can get a message across. Illustrations can also evoke emotions and memories and give a depth to an idea that words cannot reach. Who is your art hero? Hayao Miyazaki - director of Studio Ghibli animations. I watched ‘Laputa’ when I was very young and fell in love with the beautifully different, Japanese animations Do you collect anything? I’m a bit of a hoarder. I hate waste and the throw away culture so I try to collect things that I feel may be useful to me in the future. Whether they actually will is a different story. If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? I think I’d be a dog trainer. Bloomin’ love those little furry things. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? At the moment, I’m loving where I live now. Beautiful in all the seasons If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet and why? I’d want to go back and chat to the person who invented plastic and warn them of catastrophe that happens when you invent something that takes thousands of years to break down.
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