Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, Alexander Wilson currently resides somewhere between “Teeside” and LA, and caters to clients on both sides of the pond. He is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist, a member of the SCBWI, and represented by Advocate Art.
Mr Wilson started drawing relatively late. He was 17 and studying for his A-Levels, but after watching Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, he was suddenly inspired to pursue the craft.
I bought my first proper sketchbook and proceeded to fill it with very poor drawings. As it turns out, drawing was rather difficult and I was probably going to need some form of structured education in the subject.— Alex Wilson, Words & Pictures 2014
He switched subjects from Physics to Art, and it was through sheer determination and hard work that he would catch up on all the years he missed. Slowly improving and ultimately scraping a passing grade. After completing his A-Level and going on to further education, Mr Wilson kept the same level of commitment and began to further expose himself to the world of illustration and illustrators. Joining the SCBWI in 2013, he attended their British Isles conference and was awarded the Illustration award for Best of Portfolio. Shortly after, he was picked up by the Advocate Agency.
Alex Wilson’s journey is truly inspiring. He has since continued to hone his craft, constantly experimenting with new mediums and techniques. He has worked with Viz Media, Disney Press, and Storytime Magazine. You can see lots of his preliminary work and sketches on his tumblr and the finished product on Behance.