Episode 01: Allison Filice
On discovering yourself and becoming an illustrator
In the first episode of Illustration Hour, I interview the extremely versatile illustrator Allison Filice. Allison's illustration style is friendly, minimal, psychedelic and bright. She uses highly contrasting colors, simple black outlines and simplified shapes to translate ideas into illustrations, and has worked with publications and media outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC and Refinery29.
Allison came to illustration in 2016, when she decided to leave her full-time job as a designer. A year or so later, she was an award-winning illustrator with an incredible client roster. In this interview, I talk with Allison about how she went from having zero clients and zero following to being a successful, in-demand editorial illustrator in a very short period of time. We talk about Allison's quest to find her style, how she got to know herself through illustration, how illustration helped her navigate grief, how she organizes her day and how she stays inspired.
Allison was so forthcoming and open about sharing her process, the hiccups she's faced along the way and her emotional journey. She even shares exactly what she did to reach out to art directors when she first started (including her script for cold emails!). It's an episode jam-packed with very practical advice about launching an illustration career and much, much more.
Allison mentions using Astropad to mirror Illustrator from her iPad pro to her computer
Book rec: Contact by Carl Sagan
Music recs: Tame Impala, Kikagaku Moyo, Mac De Marco, Pond
Movie rec: 2001: A Space Odyssey