Alice Smithson
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Alice Smithson

Freelance IllustratorStevenage, United Kingdom
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Alice Smithson

Freelance IllustratorStevenage, United Kingdom
About me
I am currently a sales assistant at FATFACE while I look for creative opportunities and work within illustration, design and marketing. I often travel to London to visit a few art galleries and sit in coffee shops and sketch people around me. It was an exercise I adopted from my time in art school and it is always a fun and interesting experience. In my spare time I love to read comic books, paint, perform in local plays and cook. Over the years I have been writing short poetry pieces and during lockdown I started the process of collecting them into a document so I can aim to publish. My poems are very much inspired by everyday events in my life and influenced by modern feminism, my sexuality and struggles with mental illness and neurodiversity. I am an avid member of a few amateur dramatic societies and enjoy performing in a range of local productions. I also like to paint the set there too and design posters. During my masters I often used Adobe suite, specifically Premiere Pro, InDesign and a little bit of Photoshop. I also use the Procreate App on my iPad to draw my own illustrations. I am also familiar with Microsoft office. I am creative and often come up with creative solutions to problems. I can adapt to changing requirements of a situation. I have excellent written and verbal communication skills and always build a good rapport with colleagues and teams. I like to consider myself a gifted artist, mainly in comic/illustration portraits and I feel this skill can be used for a lot of visual and communication work digitally. I am well organised and like to keep lists, schedules to ensure structure - I did this a lot with my animation degree and also when stage managing during my undergraduate. In 2014-2017 I worked in my local comic book store Limited Edition Comix. There I helped my manager build the store’s online presence on Facebook and Twitter. We both were responsible for updating status’s, sharing our products and website links, responding to comments and direct messages and overall keeping our online presence in check with how we want to come across- which was a fun, approachable and trendy comic store. During my undergraduate degree I was the Graphic Designer and Illustrator for CUE.5- Anglia Ruskin Theatre Society which mainly entailed designing posters for print and digital media for upcoming productions. I studied a MA in character animation which trained me in hand drawn 2D animation. This strengthened my illustration skills and now feel I have developed a lot as an artist during this time, and I am excited to see where I will end up with continued practice. Over the first lockdown in March I completed a short course in Marketing and PR for Creative Industries at Guildhall School of Music and Drama - one of the modules was the importance of social media and its benefits when used correctly, especially for creative companies that are able to use a tone that can connect to a variety of people and not just a specific target audience. Overall, I am in the beginnings of a new chapter in my life where I want to use my experience with art, social media and theatre in a career in an arts organisation.
Projects
  • Poster Designs
    Poster DesignsMyself and one other member of the Stevenage Lytton Players design posters for upcoming productions or audition announcements. I tend to undertake the illustration and typography and the other member focuses on layout, information and print.
Work history
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    SupervisorVinegar Hill
    Hitchin, United KingdomPart Time
    Vinegar Hill is a charming homeware/gift store. I love working here because of the welcoming atmosphere, the products are of good quality and fantastic design and I have plenty of opportunity to communicate with customers and recommend the best items for their needs. I update the customer data system weekly to ensure our monthly promotional material is sent out to our customers. The result of this is frequent visitors from our customers who subscribe to the updates I send. I recently took on the additional responsibility of being the jewellery ambassador which involves overseeing all jewellery brands we sell. Each brand requires a specific layout and I must ensure this layout is consistently updated by colleagues. I also record the bestselling items of these brands. This was to ensure the store was able to keep on top of our jewellery orders and have an insight to our most popular products. I was made redundant from this position due to Covid-19 then was offered a Supervisor role to cover maternity leave which I have been doing for a few weeks now. My Supervisor responsibilities are ; managing workflow, training new members of staff, evaluating performance of products and staff members with my manager. I enjoy the extra responsibility and even though I have only worked as a supervisor for a short period of time, I feel I have brought energy, organisation and positivity to the role which ensures both the staff and the customers are happy.
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    AssistantBear In The Air Productions
     - Henley-on-Thames, United KingdomPart Time
    I worked for Bear In-The Air’s pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty in the Christmas season 2019. I was there to help the dress runs, tech runs for over half of the performances. I was also given additional responsibilities in the art department with designing and painting props and sourcing items for scenes. My main responsibilities in this role were: - Quick change the actors - Change the set in between scenes - Paint some set pieces and make props - Clear up the stage before and after the show and during the interval - Second flyman for scene changes.
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Skills
  • Project Management
  • Stage Management
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Digital Drawing
  • Creative Arts
  • Microsoft Office
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Communicating Ideas
  • Teamworking
Education
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    MA Character Animation (Merit)Central Saint Martins (UAL)
     - London, United Kingdom
    During my masters I used Photoshop whilst also learning how to use TVPaint, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Illustrator and some After Effects. I was also able to take part in some actor workshops at the school and life drawing classes. During this course I worked on multiple animation projects; one of the projects involved working in a team on an animation for The English National Opera, which helped me gain team working skills. Another project was a solo piece for The Children’s Society and my final project was to write, storyboard and animate my own 4-minute film. Part of this process was delegating some duties to a first-year animator and working with a singer songwriter who was able to write a song for my film. The film was shown at the Everyman cinema’s at Kings Cross.
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    BA (Hons) Drama - 2:1Anglia Ruskin
     - Cambridge, United Kingdom
    During my undergraduate studies I gained knowledge and experience in stage managing, performing, designing and writing. I particularly enjoyed and was successful with the stage managing part, where my duties were to organise rehearsal schedules, create spreadsheets and lists for props, sets and contacts for sound and lighting, ensure the rehearsal space is clean and safe for the actors and to perform safety checks and risk assessments on both rehearsal spaces and the theatre. I really felt that this role suited me well because I have excellent organisation, good communication and a drive to get things done to meet deadlines.