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I feel so fortunate to be able to share these creative journeys, shared with us by super talented artists around the world :)
Up next, we get to hear from Alex Carter, the wonderful illustrator behind Silver Wolf Studio.
In early 2014 I was almost at the end of my Fashion Enterprise degree specialising in lingerie and was sure that was where my career was headed. 100%. Little did I know I was so wrong!
By the end of 2015 I was so fed up and disillusioned with the lingerie industry that I honestly never wanted to sew a pair of pants again. Well, I have done since but that’s not the point, I just found myself in no man’s land and didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next.
Flash forward to January 2016 where one night I stumbled upon a Skillshare class by illustrator Yuko Shimizu where she taught the basics of drawing with ink and Asian brushes. I had done a fair amount of fashion illustration as part of my degree and have always drawn but never thought about doing it more than just an occasional hobby. So I took the class and was hooked!
Don’t be fooled, drawing actual lines that aren’t wobbly with a strange brush in a medium that’s incredibly hard to control wasn’t easy. But I persevered and got better. I loved it so much that I applied for my Master’s intending to specialise in illustration this time. Which I did, but before that I spent a lot of time trying to find my own style and incorporating vivid watercolours alongside my inking.
Dr Ph Martin’s Black Star Matte ink is literally the love of my life when it comes to art sundries. I go through bottles of the stuff due to my love of total black-out areas on a page. Adding metallic pigment to my watercolours was something I accidentally fell into whilst illustrating my own tarot deck for my MA. I think it adds another dimension to my work that’s not so typical of watercolour and ink.
Silver Wolf Studio was born from my tarot deck the Spirit of Kaidan Tarot, which is based on Japanese folklore. The guardian of the deck is an okami (wolf) and I needed a brand/logo for my work so it was a natural progression. That, coupled with my silver hair was the catalyst for my entire branding and website.
With the intent to finish and publish my full tarot deck by early 2018 I slowly started to list the cards as prints on my website and Etsy store after getting a pretty decent reception on Instagram, but without committing to it full-time as I still had a day job! Then when I was no longer needed in early October I took it as a sign that I should just throw myself into my work 100% (it was in the cards, ha!).
And this is where I am now post-MA, drawing everyday and building my business up slow and steady. Of course I’m still learning along the way and sometimes find it hard to stay motivated but engaging with some amazing people in Etsy groups and forever looking at inspiring work helps keep me going. I just hope that one day I will be able to get a little studio space so that I don’t spend so much time in my pyjamas ordering art supplies from Amazon Prime!
Be sure to check out Alex's work over at Silver Wolf Studio :)
Until next time,