Instagram: @allisonfilice


1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Iโ€™m a freelance illustrator living and working in San Francisco. My background is in graphic and user experience design, and Iโ€™ve been doing illustration full time for just over a year or so. Most of my work is for editorial, and I do a lot of personal work on the side. My personal work is what drives my ideas forward and helps me grow.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Itโ€™s colorful with bold line work. Itโ€™s kind of friendly surreal/psychedelic – playful yet has a deeper meaning to it beneath the surface. I also do quite a bit of portraits.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Most of my work is digital – I love what can be made possible with the help of computers. I also really enjoy painting.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I try to bring the things Iโ€™m curious about into my work, so my process starts with reading/studying different things. Once I have an idea for an illustration, or I get a brief from a client, Iโ€™ll begin with researching the topic and sketching out ideas. Once the direction is decided upon, I bring the sketch into Illustrator and I start working digitally from there on out. I usually have multiple projects going at once, both client and personal. So Iโ€™ll often work between multiple illustrations at a time.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Surreal, psychedelic and science fiction style art, especially work by Moebius, Milton Glaser and Salvador Dali. Iโ€™m also really inspired by nature, music and architecture. I try to go for daily walks in the park while listening to music and just let my intuition go. Iโ€™ll usually come back home feeling refreshed and inspired.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art is a way I can express myself and the ideas I have with the world. Otherwise, those things tend to get stuck in a loop in my mind. Iโ€™m also pretty introverted, and I find that art is a way I can communicate my message without having to interact with the world in a way thatโ€™s overwhelming to me.


7. Where did you study?

I studied visual design at San Francisco State University, and I did a year abroad in London at Brunel University, where I studied industrial design.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to be making work that I love and to have found a nice flow where everything is clicking and making sense.

9. What about in ten?

I hope things will still be clicking!

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

My work is about bringing a friendly face to the unknown, and to help people explore the depths within themselves and the universe. I just want people to realize that life is more than running errands and going to work, that thereโ€™s magic in the space between everything.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?


12. Favourite book?

Contact by Carl Sagan and True Hallucinations by Terrence McKenna

13. Favourite genre of music?

Ooh, hard to choose! I have a favorite genre for every mood. Iโ€™m particularly fond of psychedelic rock music (Pink Floyd, Tame Impala, Gum) and jazz (Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mulatu Astatke).

14. What are your hobbies?

I love reading, going for walks in nature, and learning about the world. Also, drinking coffee.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I would probably be a writer or a psychologist. I love exploring the human mind.