You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

Always | Harry Potter Painting

I’ve been obsessed over the culture of Harry Potter since high school. I picked up the first book while being bored at the beach with family and having nothing else to do, because my Mom’s friends son had it and I forgot reading material (this was pre-cell phones people). I was instantly immersed in the Wizarding World, and finished the book in the 5 hours or so we were at the beach. On the way home I made a stop at the bookstore, picking up all of the books that were out, eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

When I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal last year, I walked under the magical arch into Diagon Alley and cried. It was real. The emotion of being so passionate about a culture and lifestyle hit me like a ton of those magical bricks. Everything I read about was right in front of me. For those who get it, you just get it, and you can never get enough. You dream of shipping off to Hogwarts, and a beautiful owl delivering your letter. The world of Harry Potter isn’t just a phase, it isn’t just a “she likes Harry Potter” to me, it’s a lifestyle. It may sound odd to non believers, but the magic is there.

“After all this time”

“Always”

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In memory of Alan Rickman

Happy Patriots’ Day Boston! | Boston Marathon Art

Every third Monday in April we New Englanders get excited because it’s Patriots’ Day and the running of the Boston Marathon! When I lived in Boston for college (ok it was Newton but close enough!) the excitement in the air on this day was amazing plus there was no school or work. Unfortunately back then running didn’t mean to me what it does now, since I was just getting started and had never run a race. The summer after graduation I ran my first 5k in Worcester with some of my friends and became hooked. In those past few years I’ve run countless 5k races, a couple 10ks, the Newport 10 Miler (going again this year!) and even the Boston Half Marathon. Running is a form of therapy that proves mind over matter makes anything possible. Running is a mental and physical game. You can tell yourself in your head, you got this, breathe, push through, and you will finish.

I ran the Boston Distance Medley last year which included the 5k right before the marathon where we got to cross over that iconic finish line and experience the thrill of the crowd.

Below is the painting I made to commemorate the 2017 Boston Marathon. This race is on my bucket list and I will be chasing after my final Unicorn one day! Feel free to use this digitally for wallpaper and backgrounds. The Print will be up in the Etsy shop later today and all proceeds will go to http://bostonstrong.org/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/511731356/boston-marathon-2017-print-8×10

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Keep on running!

Alicia

New iPad Pro | Digital Painting!

I’ve been dying to get my hands on an iPad Pro for ages to be able to paint and draw (in bed, not going to lie haha) without having to lug around sketchbooks, paints, pencils, etc. so many illustrators swear by the iPad Pro to create content and even full works of art. So after plenty of research, I finally got the 12.9″ iPad and the Apple Pencil! Much of the first things I’ll be creating will be complete expieriments as I play with the programs like Procreate, 53 Paper and Photoshop Sketch which are my favorites so far. The pencils and inking in Procreate are awesome!!! The only struggle I’ve had so far (besides wobbly lines) is blending and retrieving previously used colors, but I’m blaming most of this on operator error. If anyone knows and good places for tutorials on iPad illustration and hacks, please let me know! Here’s my first painting!

Ballet Dancer

It’s probably not the best, but much better than anything I did on my iPad mini! Since dancers and flowers are some of my favorite subject matters, expect to see plenty of those in the future. I’m excited to see where I can take my illustration now and plan on selling designs in my Society 6 store and Etsy so stay tuned!

Stay Creative!

Alicia