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Alexa Culioli

Freelance Newspaper Illustrator, Book Cover Designer, & More

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Sketch submission to Robert W.
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Book Illustration portfolio item
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Submission sketch for a mystery novel involving Japanese fishing boats
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Fashion Illustration portfolio item
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"Loneliness" brush ink on 22"x30" American Masters paper This piece is yet another one from my thesis project from my senior year in Parsons. My social commentary consisted in depicting a critical portrait of the New York City culture I have witnessed for four years. Loneliness is one modern trauma that seems to afflict many alienated people in an overpopulated city, ironically.
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Newspaper Illustration portfolio item
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"The Weight of the World", india ink on 22"x30" on American Masters paper This is another piece of my thesis series, which I made during my senior year in Parsons. This piece was one of my most popular and effective ones, upon presenting my work to the illustration department. It warmed my heart to see that everyone looked at the humorous metaphor immediately, which can be applied to many topics. I didn't draw it with any specific situation in mind, but rather as a large umbrella metaphor, encompassing many problems in today's society.
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Newspaper Illustration portfolio item
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"Hurricane Sandy", brush ink on 22"x30" American Masters paper. This piece is part of a series I created for my thesis project in my senior year at Parsons. I made a series of brush ink illustrations of a broad social commentary of NYC life. This particular piece reflects the lack of preparation I witnessed from some New Yorkers in the face of Hurricane Sandy (as I stayed on site in the lower east side). I decided to capture the particular incident of overhearing some group of adults stacking up on popcorn and movies, verbatim, in anticipation of a power outage. I myself had to subsist on pizza, cold showers, battery powered flashlights, and what felt like The Walking Dead headquarters at night with no traffic lights on and vacated apartments. But the fun of it is to remember these incidents with humour and sarcasm -those are the themes of my thesis point of view.
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Newspaper Illustration portfolio item
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Portrait of Jules Verne, pencil on tea-stained paper This is an illustration I created in my junior year in Parsons. The assignment proved simple enough: illustrate the portrait of Jules Verne and his work. I decided to play up the steampunk appeal his work has now acquired, by drawing a lot of his inventions from his different novels. I stained the paper myself with tea, creating the irregularities as well, for an antiquated look. The tea staining was interesting as it was an organic gamble -would it look good? I drew the portrait and the machinery afterwards with a mechanical pencil. I'm quite happy with how everything turned out!
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Portrait Art portfolio item
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A panel from my project Chernomor. In my spare time, I am developing this pet project of mine, a comic about a young woman trapped on a stunning island, with her mad uncle/scientific genius, and their loyal butler, after the rest of their family died mysteriously, when my main character was still a child. Most of the story's overarching elements are clear in my mind, involving a lot of adventure and mystery-solving. I am currently exploring the story-telling with my boyfriend Paul, who is an amazing story-teller and a comics expert. This is just a little sneak peak at one of my pages. I intend to try a few short episodes of about three pages each, to start exploring the story-telling; and I also intend to colour those pages.
Over 30 days ago -
Graphic Novel Art portfolio item
The Art of Eros Cara J. Only The Finest Art - Over 30 days ago
Very beautiful

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Book cover illustration for The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. This is a class project from my last year in Parsons. This was my first book cover assignment, and I was asked to include a number of elements from the story itself. At that time, I was strongly taken by the aesthetics of the wonderful 2007 anime Mononoke by Toei Animation, and decided to use this opportunity to apply a similar aesthetic, Eastern pondering, and sense of journey into the cover. After all, the Alchemist is a meditative and philosophic journey, and I thought that taking a foreign perspective on these topics wouldn't harm the overall feel of the story, nor did it keep me from alluding to the Northern African and European geographical references. If I were to make revisions to this piece, I might try a different format, as most book covers tend to be vertical; and I might try to digitally remaster some of the colors to add more computer-generated textures, though I like the vibrancy of some of these colours!
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Book Cover Design portfolio item
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Book cover illustration for the original Treasure Island by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For this illustration, I decided to conjure up the aspects of adventure in the novel, and emphasise the tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". I was inspired by the traditional swashbuckler covers and wanted to convey a sense of exotic and romantic escapism, which has a universal appeal if you ask me! I also looked into more modern takes on this classic, awe-inspiring tale of wonder, danger, and morality. One of my favourite adaptations is the 2012 british miniseries with Eddie Izzard and Elijah Wood, which brings out the complex morale and dark undertones. I decided to incorporate a little sense of danger rather than dark tones. I made this cover simultaneously with The Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales, and encountered the same technical challenge of sharpening my digital colouring skills on the spot. The sea was particularly hard to render for a rookie, but I'm pretty happy with it all!
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Book Cover Design portfolio item
James Lambert - Over 30 days ago
Well worth the effort, I'd say!!! A JOB WELL DONE, alexa!!!
Alexa Culioli - Over 30 days ago
Thank you James!
James Lambert - Over 30 days ago
":)))" miles of smiles to alexa!!! Have a GREAT week!!!
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Cover illustration I did for the original Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales. The challenge was twofold: I wanted to allude to a broad number of different stories with all sorts of different characters; and I also wanted to reflect the middle ground between the children's stories and the grim (no pun intended) aspect of many of these original fairy tales. I also had to technically perfect my digital coloring skills as this is not a medium I often work with. I am happy with the way this turned out!
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Book Cover Design portfolio item
The Art of Eros Cara J. Only The Finest Art - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Hey, Alexa .. Thanks for the Kudos :) Can't wait to go through your portfolio :) All the best" to Alexa Culioli
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Alexa Culioli - Over 30 days ago
Thanks for the kudo! I uploaded a few pieces :) All the best to you too Cara!
The Art of Eros Cara J. Only The Finest Art - Over 30 days ago
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Said "Thanks for the kudos, Alexa! Very much appreciated." to Alexa Culioli
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James Lambert - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Best of luck to you in 2014!!!" to Alexa Culioli
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Newspaper Illustration
Book Cover Design
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Book Illustration
About Me:
Graduate of Parsons in New York with an Illustration major, I am looking for short projects to work on and license to my clients, or to sell original works of art to private commissioners. I do not take any unpaid commissions.

My skills cover a wide range, from digital book cover illustrations to India ink caricatures, and I can draw in different styles, from hyperrealistic to less realistic to caricatural. I like to work closely with my clients, establishing a contract, and a deadline, before making sure to fulfil their wishes to the best of my ability. I care about establishing a good relationship with my clients, and about carrying out my obligations in a timely manner.
Please take a look at my website for a range of my portfolio styles at
www.alexaculioli.com

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Location
Chicago, Illinois, United States