Alice Coles (@HulloAlice) is an
illustrator, artist, designer, and video producer based in
Colorado. She has honed her skills and created a signature style
thanks largely to her own video production schedule. Alice
publishes tutorial videos and showcases her experiments on her
YouTube channel, HulloAlice.
In this conversation, we discuss Alice's origins as an
illustrator, how she found supporters in the YouTube community,
what art supplies she relies on, and what sort of desk setup she
uses to film her own work as it happens.
See more of Alice's work and get in touch on her website,
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Show Notes & Links
- Prescott and Alice met at a design conference in Phoenix
- Alice describes her work as "an exploration of herself, her
memories, and her place and role in the world."
- Alice uses storytelling in her art, calling herself an
- Monument Valley
- Loish, artist and
inspiration of Alice
- Kaizen, the Japanese
idea of continual self-improvement
- Alice admits she doesn't quite have the time/focus for too many
- Sycra on YouTube
- Baylee Jae on
"YouTube can be toxic at times, I've seen, but the art community
is so supportive of each other."
"Watercolour is the worst medium to scan."
"I tend to barrel through life like a rolling stone."
- Start with inspiration — colour combo, landscape,
- Use figure references for anatomy
- Paint in layers — block in shadows first, then skin tone
— keep it thin
- Underpaint (paint an entire paper with a single colour to
instill a tone or feeling)
- Use a hairdryer to dry your layers
- Use a hairdryer to cure swimmer's ear
- Complete a painting in a single sitting (2–6 hours)
- Batch videos, especially when lighting/hair/make-up is
- Watch a speed version of your video first, then record it again
- Increase contrast and colour-depth in Photoshop — with the aim
to match real-life colours
- Use planners and lists — "bullet journal"
- Keep supplies organized in clear cases — jars, boxes,
- Create an inspiring workspace, use personal items and
- Aim for a consistent wake-up time (maybe 8 am)
- Reply to comments and emails first thing in the morning
- Read while you eat, and before you go to bed
- Don't be so hard on yourself (regarding time management or
- List out your tasks for the next day