Introducing Alex Foster, an award winning illustrator based in Margate, UK.
Introducing Alex Foster, an award winning illustrator based in Margate, UK. He specialises in map and children's illustration. Keep reading to find out the amazing places his artwork's been, and in the words of Dr Seuss, his work is 'too smart to go down any not-so-good street.'
When did you start illustrating?
When I was younger I was interested in building (family of builders) and drawing and it lead me to liking architecture. But later on I learned that I could make drawings that didn't have to use maths and physics so I ended up enjoying that much more.
My school wasn't very art focused but luckily my art teacher at the time told me about the University for the Creative Arts, so I did a foundation year there, and everything seemed to click and I loved it. Then I did my illustration degree at Middlesex and have been working hard to keep it as my full time thing since.
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
I've been lucky that my family have always been supportive - I think like many families they were probably a bit weary about an art career, but I showed that I was serious about it when my grades improved massively after school. I'm also the first from my family to go to university so I'm proud to say that. My tutors at university were great role models, the idea that they were real practising successful illustrators kind of blew my mind when I moved there - I'd never known anyone like that before.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
I think since I was serious about studying illustration and throughout my degree I knew I wanted to make it work more than any other jobs, so yes I don't think I'll ever be doing anything else full time like this.
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
I find some things harder than others to draw, but wouldn't really say I prefer one thing over another. Each new project or subject matter is a new challenge. I really enjoy making maps as you'll see in my work, but I feel like that's more of a way of working/process than a subject matter, as they can illustrate pretty much anything.
How would you describe your style?
Kind of naive and fun looking? I'm not too sure! Some projects have a much different feel to others but it all kind of stemmed from screen printing and working in layers.
What is your favorite collaboration to date?
Meeting Roald Dahl's Grandson to make a map for a special family meal, and another project to decorate their new offices with a chocolate timeline, and a map of Roald's characters was huge for me. I have an old book where the author photo is Roald holding a baby, and I asked Luke (his grandson) if it was him, and he said it was. I thought that was cool!
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
They seem authentic and genuine, and like they really care about their illustrators. And they put in a lot of work and meetings to do their best to improve the work lives of the people they represent.
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
I read loads of Stephen King, and love anything Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and classic westerns. Also more TV/comedy but Limmy too.
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
I don't work on too many personal projects usually due to other deadlines and business work, but the closest to that at the moment is kind of trying to keep that in mind when working on commissions - keeping in mind the idea to always try to improve and make something worthwhile.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
I listen to loads of podcasts - mostly silly or nerdy stuff (lots of this is non child friendly just to let you know!) stuff like Your Mom's House and related podcasts, My Brother My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, Joe Rogan depending on the guests, Creative Pep Talk.
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