Alice Mollon is a French born, London based illustrator who creates bright and bold digital illustrations.
I mostly work from my flat in East London. There’s a big window overlooking the busy Kingsland Road – so as well as getting plenty of natural light, I also have lots of opportunities to get nosy with passers-by outside. In the corner of the room, I have a desk set up with my computer and equipment. But when I need more space for sketching and drawing on paper, I work at the dining table where I can spread out.
My computer is a MacBook pro, which I plug into a larger Mac screen when I’m working. To draw, I use a Wacom Cintiq Pro 13. I draw freehand (rather than building things up with shapes), so being able to draw directly onto the screen makes the whole process much more natural. The one downside is that it needs a separate power cable on top of the cable connecting it to my computer – so if I’m working elsewhere, I prefer to use my smaller, older, much-more-portable Wacom Intuos Pro tablet. In terms of the big debate between Wacom vs iPad Pro and Pencil, I like that Wacom runs off the computer, meaning that I can use the software I’m already used to. That said, I’m definitely thinking about trying out the iPad as a more mobile option.
Above and around my desk, I’ve put up various postcards, pictures and other odds and ends. Some I’ve picked up travelling, some were gifts, and some are just silly bits that make me laugh. I recently came across a set of teeny tiny people in a model making shop. They have no use whatsoever, but they make me smile. It’s important to me that my workspace feels personal, colourful and joyful.
In the other corner of the room, there’s a big bookshelf with plenty more things, and all sorts of books. I’m French, so there’s a mixture of French and English on the shelves. There are some books that I tend to go back to time and time again for inspiration – a recent favourite is “100 Great Children’s Picture Books” by Martin Salisbury. It’s a really delightful, lovingly-put-together curation of some of the more unusual picture books. It’s hard to look through it without not wanting to own them all.
I’ve also just finished Nick Drnaso’s very disquieting ‘Sabrina’. But if I were to recommend a graphic novel, it would definitely be the very moving, very beautifully drawn ‘The Inflatable Woman’, by Rachael Ball. As for something non-fiction (though this might not he helpful for anyone who can’t read French) I’m a really big fan of ‘Les Arts Dessinés’. It’s a newish, quarterly publication that covers the art of drawing in all it’s forms, with interviews and reviews on anything from illustration to comic books, architecture to game design, and art direction to painting.
To find out more about Alice please visit her website.