Alex Amarello

Art + Design: Illustration

Alex Amarello self portrait

Biography

Alex Amarello is currently a dual major in graphic design and illustration. She went to a vocational high school for graphic design and has since done multiple freelance jobs for various clients at Christian Fellowship Center New Bedford.

Statement

My series mainly focuses on magical creatures in a modern day setting. Throughout the course of this project my idea changed many times and was originally something completely different. The very first image I did for this series was the leviathan and it wasn't drawn specifically for my senior thesis, it was for a different assignment. But I had so much fun designing the creature that I decided I needed to draw more of them. To be honest I originally had a lot of trouble deciding what I wanted to do because I was originally focusing so hard on making something that was meaningful or impactful and in the midst of making those images I realized that I wasn't having any fun.

I draw these magical creatures simply because I find them cool and fun. It allows for a lot of creative liberty and freedom since these animals are supposed to be out of the ordinary. What I wanted for the atmosphere varies from image to image. I wanted some to be humorous while I wanted others to just feel sweet and happy. My favorite part of the process is coloring the images. I really enjoy working with color and seeing how far I can push the the rendering while still having it maintain a stylized look.

Contact

Email: a.amarello111@gmail.com
Website: aamarello.artstation.com 
Instagram: @appletarc

Slideshow

  1. Fairy and Cat Sleeping, 2019, digital painting created in Photoshop, 13.8" x 11.4"
  2. Moving in With a Ghost, 2019, digital painting created in Photoshop, 13.8" x 11.7"
  3. Leviathan, 2019, digital painting created in Photoshop, 10.8" x 15.3"
  4. The First Living Creature/Revelations, 2019, digital painting created in Photoshop, 12.5" x 16"
  5. Mermaid in a Bathtub, 2019, digital painting created in Photoshop, 11.1" x 15.6"
  6. Imps Causing Trouble, 2020, digital painting created in Photoshop, 10.9" x 15.7"
  7. Tsukumogami/Euphemia and Poptart. The Possessed Objects, 2020, digital painting created in Photoshop, 13.8" x 11.6"
  8. Euphemia, 2020, clay, acrylic paint, and ceramics paint on a ceramic teapot, 9 inches from handle to spout.
  9. Hydra and Girl Watching a Movie, 2020, digital painting created in Photoshop, 10" x 12"


Departments College of Visual Performing Arts, Date: Year 2020, Degree Type BFA, Gallery Campus Gallery, Gallery Exhibitions