Alex Foster

Alex Foster is an illustrator based in the seaside town of Margate, UK. In 2013 he graduated with a first-class degree in Illustration and has since worked with a variety of clients on a range of projects from Hallmark cards, and books to magazines, animation and apparel. Alex's collection for Talented stars on our popular beach bag, and features quirky illustrations of seaside scenes.

Tell us a bit about your Talented range – how would you describe your style?

I’m from Margate, Kent and recently moved back here to live and work by the sea. So we decided on a seaside and beach theme, which seems to be prevalent in my prints of Margate. This led me to develop a Margate and seaside inspires range which features boats, beach and sea scenes and a volleyball game.

What inspires you?

As well as my friends who work in various fields, I frequently browse blogs and websites looking at different illustrators. I watch a lot of tv series and films which can help a lot with ideas for colours and composition (Think Wes Anderson and Kubrick). Ideas can come from anywhere really from little observations on the bus to stories in podcasts.

What’s the best thing about showcasing your artwork on a bag?

The screen printing process gives the bags a great quality and forces a limited colour palette which makes me consider the colours more carefully. Also demonstrating texture with solid colours is a challenge which usually helps the artwork in the end. Of course the thought of people using and carrying my range around is exciting too!

What else do you do outside of Talented? And in your spare time?

As mentioned earlier I listen to a lot of podcasts and watch tv and films. Other than that Margate and Thanet have been improving every year with great places to eat, lovely pubs with local ales and local gigs and exhibitions.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great work on at the moment which will be on the Underground posters so I’m very excited about that. Otherwise I am going to continue making map prints of my favourite areas including Thanet and London, and will continue to develop my new range for Get Better Clothing which features colourful screen printed t shirts along with illustrated patterned pocket tees and sweaters.

Where can people find more of your artwork? (website, blog, etc.)

You can see my portfolio at www.alex-foster.com or for gifts and products www.alex-foster.com/shop