• Neutra_publicbuilding-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Neutra Public Building

Illustration

The Graduates 2013: Meet Camberwell's Alice Tye and her Californian sensibilities

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Our next graduate of the class of 2013 is based in south-east London, but her heart lies way over on the west coast of the USA if her work is anything to go by. Alice Tye studied illustration at Camberwell but has worked with paint and lithography to create her Californian scenes, re-imagined through the prism of how America’s golden coast is presented to us by the films, TV shows and books which immortalise it.

Her lithographs hum with an unsettling tension, that behind the sunny facades lies something darker, her four-metre long concertina fold-book of La Jolla Road in Palm Springs created via Google Street View images does likewise. Her dissertation project started with the premise: “Is modernist architecture used as visual shorthand for malevolent characters in popular films?” and she has recreated scenes from the likes of Diamonds Are Forever and LA Confidential with real flair.

We are not the first to recognise Alice’s talent as she was a runner-up in this year’s V&A Student Illustration Awards, losing out to fellow Camberwell alumnus Grace Helmer, whose painterly illustrations were showcased in last year’s Graduates. Clearly there’s something in the water down there; we asked Alice a few questions to find out more…

  • La-jolla-road-72dpi

    Alice Tye: La Jolla Road

  • Litho001-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Untitled

Why or who or what made you go to art school?

I knew I wanted to study art from before GCSEs and my family is quite creative – my brother is a photographer, my sister is a dancer and my mum is a graphic designer and photographer – so I guess I’ve always been interested in art and design! I think that when I was choosing which college to study my foundation course at I realised that illustration and design were the best choice for me as I find it difficult to make work without a purpose so brief driven work is ideal for me!

What’s the best mistake you made when you were studying?

I spent a lot of time procrastinating by watching a huge array of films but then that turned into research for my dissertation and then into my third year project!

If you could show you your work to one person, who would you choose and what would you show them?

Bruno Munari – I’m not sure exactly what I would show him but I’ve always loved his design and his books. I’d just love to hear what he thinks about my paintings and be able to ask him more about his writing on design and its crossover with art, which is still relevant today with the changing face of illustration.

Can you give us one prediction about your work for the next year?

I will be working collaboratively with six other Camberwell illustration grads as a studio – so watch this space. And also I’ll be continuing to make work by myself – I’ve got a few projects that I’m currently starting, including more film-related paintings…

What’s the best thing you saw in the last three years?

Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Laconfidential-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Modernist Architecture in Film – La Confidential

  • Diamondareforever-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Modernist Architecture in Film – Diamonds Are Forever

  • Playtime-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Modernist Architecture in Film – Play Time

  • Twilight-72dpi

    Alice Tye: Modernist Architecture in Film – Twilight

  • Book-photo1-72dpi

    Alice Tye: La Jolla Road, Palm Springs

  • Book-photo2-72dpi

    Alice Tye: La Jolla Road, Palm Springs

  • Lajolla-image38

    Alice Tye: La Jolla Road, Palm Springs

Represent

We are very pleased that The It’s Nice That Graduates 2013 is once again being supported by Represent Recruitment who are themselves celebrating being ten years old this summer. The graphic design recruitment specialists have developed a peerless reputation working with designers of all levels and matching them up with the right positions in some of the top agencies around. Represent’s support has helped us grow the Graduates scheme over recent years and we are thrilled they have partnered with us again in 2013.
www.represent.uk.com

Ra

Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Illustration View Archive

  1. List

    The London-based French illustrator Malika Favre has had another big year, adding even more breadth to her already impressive portfolio of work. In the summer she was invited to Tenerife by a Spanish design collective called 28ymedio to take part in its Illustrated Journey project, which aims to “help fight the economic crisis in Spain by promoting the Canary Islands and bringing a new stream of tourism.”

  2. Main2

    You can do a lot in a year, I’m told, and proof if any was needed comes in the form of Cynthia Kittler. Just last year we listed her as one of our Students of the Month for her “kind, quiet illustration,” and checking by her website again this year I found that not only is she no longer a student, but she’s being regularly commissioned by the likes of The New York Times and Die Zeit magazine for editorial illustration which is not only as quiet and kind as it was last time we checked in, but also incredibly resonant now.

  3. Dcgoblin-wrestle_905

    In Dayoung Cho’s illustrated world, it’s the Goblin Olympics and the bunny’s on top. Tumbling top-to-tail with the tiger, it’s cheered on by an amorphous cyclops whilst a duck-billed platypus and rhino await their turn in the ring.

  4. List

    We love Thomas Slater. We love how he manages to dollop a fat helping of fun to subjects from art school to financial advice, how he so accurately distils the defining characteristics of his subjects in one fell swoop, and how his work offers a universal joy which makes him appealing for near on every audience imaginable.

  5. Listemi_ueoka_readings1

    One of my teachers had a pet hate of adverbs and adjectives. “Cut the fluff!” he’d yell after reading our essays. Emi Ueoka’s delicate drawings illustrate his point perfectly; why use more lines when a few create so perfect a picture?

  6. List

    When it came to designing the second billboard for our ongoing partnership with London Graphic Centre, Jack Hudson seemed the obvious choice. Ever since we came across his work four years ago and swiftly swept him up into our Graduates class of 2010, we’ve watched with awe as Jack’s career has gone from strength to strength. He has a supreme ability to make communicative images still steeped in charm and personality, and so we knew he would rise to the challenge of our broad “back to school brief.”

  7. Main23

    It’s all well and good making art and illustration that focuses in on humdrum observations of our meagre existences, but wouldn’t you rather have a whole bunch of images that dip their toes in the sci-fi pool of chance and dance through the stars on pronged, mythical wildflowers? I know I would, which is why I’m particularly pleased with stumbling across the work of Singeon, a French illustrator whose horny, mythological drawings and paintings are like an ever-changing ecosystem, ranging from small watercolour doodles of food (standard) to double-headed medieval babes in outer space (not so standard). He’s part of team Flickr, so if you like what you see here I urge you to go and check out even more of his work over here on his page.

  8. Main

    Switzerland-based artist Pascale Keung makes delightfully diverse work which is inspired by her chosen country’s stunning natural landscape as often as it is by wild fantasies. This series Muttsee is an example of the former, a collection of images about “a very special place in the Alps of Switzerland” where she goes to fish with her friends from time to time.

  9. Joselistculto-charles-39

    The artist known as José Ja Ja Ja not only creates damnedly detailed drawings and works as Professor of Illustration at the European Design School in Madrid; he also brews beer. Unfortunately, as I have yet to sample SALVAJE, I’ll have to laud the brilliance of his illustrations instead.

  10. List

    If you’re concerned that your bookshelf is starting to look bit run-of-the-mill then allow us to present you with a new publication to blow the others out of the water. Eventually Everything Connects is a new publication by Loris Lora, published by Nobrow, illustrating the largely unknown but absolutely fascinating commonalities which joined many of the architects, designers, filmmakers and photographers working in southern California in the Modernist era.

  11. List

    I’m all for embracing new modes of experiencing literature, but when choosing to read novels on an iPad or tablet requires that you select a dull digital alternative cover – one with a hunk of Helvetica slapped thoughtlessly over a low-res image, or similar – I can’t help by find myself reaching for a paperback. Fortunately publishers like Frenchies Les Livres Mouvants are a step ahead of their game, commissioning beautiful books covers for their digital reads which will even out the playing field.

  12. Main1

    Say welcome, one and all, to Noam Weiner. This Israeli illustrator’s recently ramped up her editorial work, illustrating for several national newspapers and magazines, often with a political or satirical bite. In an illustration for an article on criticism, she cleverly combines a deal with the devil with a hearty dose of mutual back-scratching to make a point about the tangled relationships up the tower of power. We prefer her work at its most minimalistic, when she conveys maximum meaning. Of her older work, the simplicity of her comics version of the classic kids’ adventure book Hasamba is captivating.

  13. Main

    The work of Brian Edward Miller is a cross between the digital and the retro: his sketches could easily be found in the satchel of a 1950s art student, but when put into the computer and twiddled with they look just as at home in a high-tech animation for a company like Adobe. “My goal is to provide quality illustration and storytelling with the professional hard working ideals my family modelled to me and to chase down that elusive vintage aesthetic which played such a powerful role in my childhood,” Brian states on his site. Judging by the list of people who have commissioned this guy of late, it seems like we’re not the only ones to find his work impossible to look away from.