Alice X. Zhang is a full-time freelance designer, illustrator and portrait artist with an enduring interest in cinema, comics and Pop culture.Alice X. Zhang is by far one of the most impressive artists I’ve come across in terms of her creativity and contributions to her craft. She was born on November 8, 1988 and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. Ms. Zhang is a well traveled artist. She has also spent time in Hong Kong and New York. Few artists have accomplished so much in so little time.
Ironically enough, Alice Zhang did not take to art immediately. At the age of 6 her parents took her to painting classes and she hated them. This changed when her chief interests became her primary influences for art. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design. RISD is annually ranked as the top art and design school in the United States.
Ms. Zhang worked as a designer for Freeze. This company designs, sells, manufactures and distributes licensed clothing to retail. Currently she is a full-time freelance painter, illustrator, and printmaker. She recently created a set of licensed Doctor Who art that’s simply fantastic (wink to the 9th). She has been a contributing member of Threadless for several years now and helped 319 designs get printed.
But her most impressive achievement in my mind is the founding of Mischmasch in 2008. Mischmasch is an online artist community that displays art in both a physical gallery and a virtual one. Created by Ms. Zhang as a way for her friends to show each other updated works – Mischmasch has grown into a global community of artists. There are over 2000 members, hailing from over a hundred different cities. You can hear her introduce Mischmasch here.
As anyone can imagine, Ms. Zhang uses a number of tools in making her art. These include: Adobe Photoshop, Wacom, Cintiq 21UX, Wacom Bamboo, pencils, and watercolors. She enjoys BBC programs like Doctor Who and Sherlock. She’s also a fan of Game of Thrones. Her favorite visual artists include John Singer Sargent, Johannes Vermeer and Glen Keane.