Illustrator and Printmaker Alexandra Snowdon

Alexandra Snowdon is an illustrator and printmaker based just outside Manchester. She discovered her love for printmaking while studying at Manchester Metropolitan Uni.

‘I worked for a long time as a studio based graphic designer, but always loved illustration. After taking a year off to travel I decided it was time for a change. I went back to my old graphics job to pay the bills but enrolled on a part time degree course to concentrate on developing my illustration skills.

After graduating with a first class degree I started work on my own range of hand printed cards and fine art prints. Later that year I opened my first online shop on Etsy and developed my business in my spare time. A couple of years later I was ready to take the leap and left my graphic design job. I’m now lucky enough to be doing the work I love every day. My time spent as a graphic designer was invaluable though, during those years I learned everything I now know about typography and meeting tight deadlines. Nowadays I use the time I used to spend commuting checking out Pinterest and my favourite design blogs.’


‘The lettering and illustrations in my prints are all created by hand, starting off as tiny pencil doodles in my sketchbook. I complete the finished pieces using ink (if I want the design to be bold and striking) or pencil (for a softer look). The designs are then either transferred to a silkscreen for hand printing or output on my giclée printer using fade resistant, archival inks. I try to keep computer usage to a minimum, using it mainly as a tool to clean up and rescale my artwork. I try not to make it look too ‘perfect’ though, I love seeing evidence of the human touch and all it’s quirks and imperfections.’


‘I’ve just finished a commission for some card designs for a gift and stationery company in California. Next up is some new print designs for my online shops. I love having a mix of commissioned work and personal projects. It’s great having the challenge of a brief and that often sparks ideas for my own work. I still love travelling and most of the inspiration for my work comes from vintage typography and all kinds of hand painted signage from around the world.’



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