Kitchener, ON, Canada
Kitchener, ON, Canada
About the Artist
Ann Alonso is a Kitchener, ON, Canada-based UX/UI Designer who runs a small business out of her imagination and illustrations. Ann began sharing her art openly in 2016 after her mother passed away as a means to share the happiness and positivity her mom originally shared with her.
Ann hopes to bring smiles all around the world and add delight into the lives of others through her art however possible! “I feel like I’m living out my dream, and I want others to be able to live out theirs,” she says.
What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
This might sound kind of weird, but one of my favourite career highlights was being asked to design an entire set of poop emojis. From pink poops with hearts to red angry (spicy) ones, this was just one of the projects I really had the most fun with. Apparently people using the app loved them too as they became the most popular emoji that year!
What are you currently working on?
At my 9-to-5, I’m currently working on a pretty cool internal campaign using optical-illusion style imagery throughout the collateral and build-up material. For my side hustle, I’m working on package and display designs for an upcoming show I’ll be tabling at. I’m also collaborating with another independent artist to bring our different illustration styles together to create a new pin design.
How’d you get started as an artist?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. In the 7th grade I was voted ‘Most likely to be an artist’ and oddly enough, I gave up on art when I hit high school and decided to try to become an English teacher. Nearing the end of high school, something wasn’t feeling right, and I was fortunate enough to find my way into a computer graphics course. I refreshed myself with art courses and got into Graphic Design. It took me a couple of years to really become comfortable and acknowledge my own art style, but now I’ve been illustrating happily ever since.
Who or what influences your art?
Pop and Asian culture are most likely the strongest influences for my art in terms of style. I also tend to listen to a genre of music I can’t describe super well but is like video game sounds mixed with pop vibes and a light hint of electro-pop. (Notable artists would be: Shawn Wasabi, Snail’s House and dark cat.) Somehow, these tunes help me dictate some of the colours I use and the overall tone of a piece.
What is your creative process like?
I am a digital creator through and through. I use my iPad Pro (and Apple Pencil) as my personal on-the-go sketchbook and whenever there’s an idea, I’ll jot it down. I usually have multiple sketches on the go and start to work on one idea when it feels like a good piece to work on. From sketch to final execution, I do it all in Procreate. Once the sketch is polished enough, I’ll start working on separate layers to digitally paint over my sketch. Final colour adjustments are added at the end just to touch things up, and then it’s shared with the world! Depending on what I want to use a certain piece for, I also sometimes take sketches into Adobe Illustrator and creator vector images to be scaled for larger pieces or to prepare artwork for production.
How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?
This initiative is honestly like a dream come true for emerging artists. While we are so blessed to have the internet at our fingertips, giving us so many new opportunities, at the same time, our voices can get lost in a single scroll down an Instagram feed. This platform allows our art to be accessible – subtly part of the backdrop of a backyard BBQ or front and centre in a celebratory toast. Few things feel quite as cool as that.
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