Sketchpad Artist: Alex T Frazer 28 Jul

We asked 11 local artists to design a limited edition cover for our Fred Aldous Sketchpads and Alex T Frazer is the fifth of our Sketchpad artist’s that we would like to introduce you to. Describing himself as an illustrator with an old soul, Alex likes to keep a traditional element to his work which is reflected in his limited edition cover.

Take a look at the full Fred Aldous Sketchpad range here.

We spoke to Alex to find out a bit more about him.

Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook cover?


I just thought about the kind of stuff I like to draw in my sketchbooks when left to my own devices.

Have you used a Risograph printer before?

I have, I really like getting work printed by Risograph, the offset effect created when printing and the way you have to use colour is really appealing. I have had stuff printed at Mono and they have really helped to realise what a great printing technique it is.


Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to print on a riso?

Just look at what other people have done using the process. I had no idea what you could do with it when I first tried it, but by looking at what other people have done it helps you realise the possibilities, then its just a case of trying things and adapting it to your own style and work.

What are your specialisms?

Hand drawn illustration for print. I have done bits of lino cuts and prints, but its far from being a specialism.

How would you describe your work?

Traditional, in theme and style.


What inspires you?

The past, tattoos, Americana, the sea, old advertising. Listening to music is always really inspiring.

What materials do you use?

Colour pencils to sketch, then pencil and tracing paper to finalise the design, then fine liner pens. I like using different sizes for the lines and the dot or line shading.

Who is your favourite artist or maker?

I really like Duke Riley, Evan B. Harris and Wes Lang.

What tip would you give to people about one of our products?

Hot press paper is amazing if you like using inks or watercolours but don’t want to use textured watercolour paper.


Where can people see your work? Do you have a website?

I have a joint exhibition with Caroline Dowsett currently on show in Common, Edge St. called Sailing Through The Trees, which has some Risographs in it, as well as paintings, drawings, lino and screen prints.

My website is www.alextfrazer.co.uk


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