This week we have Alison Hansen in the Tizz Tazz Spotlight! I love her colourful illustrations and I hope you are all inspired by her journey to where she is today 🙂
Name: Alison Hansen
Based in: Warwickshire
Q – Describe your illustration style.
Fluid, with lots of movement, colourful, vibrant, energetic
Q – What inspires you the most when creating your work?
People watching, movies, TV shows, music, albums, pop videos, exhibitions, magazines, celebrities, pop culture, fashion, fashion history, music history, iconic images and albums, bands, and iconic celebrities and eras.
Q – Is illustration what you’ve always wanted to do?
I started in fashion design and worked for a long time in fashion and textile design before settling in fashion illustration.
Q – What route did you take to get you where you are today?
I did five years at college, ending up at the University of Westminster doing Fashion Design. I worked for a year in a print studio in London providing prints for high street companies. I then did 10 years full time in fashion and textile design in the USA and in Hong Kong. Then, I relocated to the UK to freelance in Fashion Illustration.
Q – What materials do you use to create your illustrations?
Pen, pencil, water colour, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Q – What advice do you have for aspiring fashion illustrators?
Keep drawing and drawing, look at other illlustrators to get your standards up. Follow other illustrators on Facebook and Instagram to see what they are up to, have an online portfolio, join all the online directories, join the Association of Illustrators, be on all social media and post your work regularly, join as many online portfolio sites as you can. On joining agencies, just because they sign you, doesn’t mean they will get you any work, beware of agencies who continually ask you for money for promoting you and then never get you any work.
Anything you draw tomorrow will be better than what you draw today so keep drawing, drawing drawing!!!!!! Also, don’t beat yourself up if not all your projects are for Vogue, you are lucky you are working and getting paid to draw something!!!! Work to build up a cohesive and high standard portfolio…very important!
A huge thank you to Alison for her amazing advice! I’m sure it will be invaluable for some of you aspiring illustrators.
If you would like to find out more about Alison and her work, click on the links below:
Facebook: Alison Hansen Illustration
Pinterest: Alison Hansen