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    Page 1 Outline: ell us about your background Ali J: grew up in a country town with two brothers, and a family orientated around the RAAF air force. was quite a tomboy, very athletic and loved to learn was in a number of academically talented programs. studied nterior Decoration; then ine rt; lots of short courses in between, and ?m now completing my Diploma of anagement. urrently live in ullaloo, am renting a house with my partner, and have a little girl who?s just turned one year old. work from home and balance illustrating with life, my daughter, and umpiring netball at a state level. O: When did you become an illustrator? AJ: arly in 2007 had no employ ment, felt lost, and wasn?t sure what to do. started to paint out my frustra tion, and put up my creations on the internet. started to sell those artworks ? opened up an online shop that sold out nine days later. t has just evolved and grown since then. never aimed to be an illustrator, just a well-rounded creator of things. O: ow did you get your start? AJ: ?ve been working officially since ay 2007, so four years now. ersonally though don?t feel as though was an actual illustrator until December 2007 when started to get my first real paying client jobs. O: What is your work space like? AJ: y studio is chaotic; a complete mess of business versus art versus illustrating. have a spare bedroom in the house with a giant desk, and lots of cupboards with little drawers. can?t get enough of drawers for storage whether they are hiding my art supplies, 6WHS E\VWHS Another illustrator who has dabbled in different careers, Ali J finally found her feet and isn?t looking back. 287/,1( ,668( Page 2 postage and packaging materials, paper, prints or products. spend my time either in my spare bedroom, or spreading my work across the dining table depending on the job ?m working on. don?t want my daughter in my studio, too many tasty art supplies, so when she is awake work in the dining room. he dining room is great as can put my TV shows on and let them play in the background whilst paint. O: ow did you develop your style? AJ: don?t know how my style evolved, just listen to my heart when create and try not to force myself to change anything to make it ?prettier? or like what everyone else does. see each character create as a real person, and try to relay their identity in the work from the way they walk, to the way they pin their hair back. he more create, the more my characters have their own voice. actually am at the point now where have to be careful as my work is starting to be too stylised and need to show that can be flexible for clients. y style before this was all over the place. look back on past works with deep embarrassment. experimented with a large amount of materials and drew just for the sake of drawing. painted, sketched, drew, ripped; copied master artists; did all the things you are told to do in art school. owever most of the works didn?t have soul. ome of them are technically great, but they lack depth. s age and mature know myself better and as a result my work is starting to speak for itself. O: Do you have a favourite medium? AJ: y favourite medium is ink: love its flexibility. You can fake it as a dry medium, or push it as a wet medium. think what enjoy most about my use of materials is being able to push them all to their limits. ost people have no idea what mediums use in my paintings until they see me working with them. O: ow about collage? AJ: experiment a few different ways with collage. like to push collage when incorporate it. love to be complicated as it adds secret depths and meanings to my works. y favourite technique is to collage cut up book pages into a pattern on canvas. hen like to paint over top of that incorpo rating the text and colours into the work. t is a challenge, but the process is soothing and really important to me to get focus on the artwork. ately ?ve been collaging individual sections or layers and scanning them into the computer to do digital mock-ups for clients. don?t enjoy this as much, however ?m challenged by time and have to shortcut the process to meet deadlines. O: re there any digital components to your work? AJ: he only digital work do is scanning or photographing original artworks; they could be drawings, paintings, collage materials. ometimes ?ll layer them in hotoshop and slightly edit them, but 98% of my artworks are untouched digitally. hat really surprises a lot of people, especially when they see the artworks in person. O: What are your inspirations? AJ: lot of my illustrations are personal works, or client works that have personal meanings intertwined so ?m very much inspired by modern day culture. ots of TV shows Glee, Bones, Criminal Minds, Greys Anatomy, The Amazing Race , and Survivor . ?m very fond of books ,MXVWOLVWHQWRP\KHDUWZKHQ,FUHDWH DQGWU\QRWWRIRUFHP\VHOIWRFKDQJH DQ\WKLQJWRPDNHLWSUHWWLHU 287/,1( ,668( 352),/( Page 3 ? mainly science fiction and fantasy including the authors Juliet arillier, aymond . eist and David ddings. ?m inspired by the whole illustration/ graffiti art movement although find most of the current trends push me to revert against them. O: ell me about your website. AJ: y blog helps me to communi cate what ?m thinking with what ?m creating. don?t get to talk to anyone during the day (other than acebook etc) so use my blog as a way to get my voice out. y shop is important as it gives my customers direct access to me, which in turn helps support what create. t is really important nowadays to provide a direct connection between a creator and a follower. O: ny favourite jobs, or current ones you can talk about? AJ: ?m just finishing two jobs that have been ongoing for seven months now. ?m very, very eager to have them finished and move onto the next projects in the pipeline. ne is for a postcard advertising a market, and the other is a private commission of a painted portrait of three children. ne of my favourite jobs was illus trating an image for a booklet for an EP launch for a band in the K. was given lyrics to incorporate and had to illustrate whatever wanted in relation to the lyrics, and that all monies were going towards the Japanese earth quake disaster relief. ended up illustrating a multi dimensional portrait of a girl and ships and the sun. t really spoke volumes to me. ?ve got lots of other favourites ? too many to count. O: Do you have any other projects currently on the boil? AJ: ?m in planning mode for a solo exhibition and two group shows with some very talented friends. ot sure when those are going to happen, just setting the steps up now for potential venues and dates. ost of my concentration is being spent on releasing new products across 2011 in a variety of different formats. just received my new 3 printer, so ?m having a play with that. 287/,1( ,668( Page 4 ?m also experimenting with my new 3 scanner. ew products to come soon are stationery and jewellery. O: What are the most important things you have learned? AJ: could write a book of all my mistakes. eople love attending any workshops present as always reveal one or two, and they are surprised that ?ve made any. When you are thrown into this industry with very little education or experience, the only way that you can learn is by tripping up. t is how you recover that will shape you as an illustrator. ?ve worked for free, ?ve under-quoted and ?ve over-quoted. ?ve lost jobs, ?ve failed to meet briefs, and ?ve been too casual. ?ve turned down big opportunities; ?ve listened to that evil inner voice. ?ve created big failures, ?ve spent hours reworking illustrations over and over again. ?ve been so sick should have been in hospital, but ended up working to meet deadlines instead. can?t change the past, but out of that experience have come to be highly regarded by my clients, colleagues and customers. ?ve had some amazing opportunities. ?m in a position where can turn down jobs and pick what ?d like to work on. ?ve gained con dence, it?s visible in the artworks create. don?t doubt myself so much, and now understand what process need to follow in order to create. have knowledge that others find vital to their careers. have a great business sense and know what want from being an illustrator. know what need to do now to fix my portfolio and push myself to the next level. ?m just taking it all one step at a time, to see where my career will take me instead of pushing it all into one direction. ?m fixing everything behind the scenes to allow me freedom in the future to work on what need to. he most important part: can confidently speak about my work and understand what ?m creating and relay that to my viewers. O: Do you have an advice to impart to your fellow illustrators? AJ: Be honest with yourself. Quote realistically. Don?t work for peanuts. Don?t work for free (unless you are significantly benefiting directly in some way) Be professional at all times, but do show moments that you are human Give your viewers/fans an avenue to connect to you. Whether through a blog, social networking, markets or real life. Don?t be afraid to take the leap when a big opportunity presents itself. R ead the fine print ? contracts, terms and conditions, e-mails everything. Know what type of illustrator you want to be. Be prepared to put in the legwork behind the scenes to forge a career. eeting with agents, phone calls with clients, doing up financial records for the accountant or ordering supplies is just as important, if not more, as painting that canvas. &/,&. See more of Ali?s work at her {website} and of course her {Illustrator?s Australia} page, peruse her {blog} , or browse through her work at the {online shop} 287/,1( ,668( 352),/(
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