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Hello! I'm Alex. I draw because I love stories.

I have a BA in English from the University of Chicago and have spent a lot of my life thinking about how stories are told. This has shaped my approach to making thoughtful, narrative work that reflects how we experience texts, sounds, objects, and events.

My style is expressive, suggestive, and often plays with aspects of the fantastic. It's been influenced by figure drawing practices and a fascination with visual metaphor, synaesthesia, and surrealism.

I freelance in book, editorial, and poster/ad illustration--but I'm open to different projects.
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Chicago, IL