Hi, I’m Alice! I am a graphic designer, illustrator and YouTube vlogger. I’ve been documenting my life online since 2015 and have loved being creative from a very young age.
After initially dabbling in the art of photography, then moving onto university for an even bigger challenge. I have now found myself working as a freelance graphic designer - and I’m loving it!
I’ve decided that now is the time to combine my two loves; YouTube and graphic design. To share with you what I have learnt over the years and help you become the best creative you can be!
How it all began…
From a very young age I’ve always been the creative one in the family. I was obsessed with making things and always asked for those creativity kits. I had spent a few years doing art in secondary school, but lost my love for it after being told what to make and when to make it (I’ve never taken well to being told what to do). At the age of sixteen, I discovered a big love for photography. I saved up all of my pocket money, got myself a job as a waitress, and bought myself my own DSLR.
I went through hours and hours of online tutorials and taught myself photoshop. I saved up for a little studio setup, and by this time I’d got a few photoshoots under my belt.
At the age of 17 I was hired by a local event photographer called Bill. My job initially was to take photos kids at sports tournaments, but then after rather a large mishap (involving the gazebo flying away in the wind), I was put on the editing and sales desk. I managed to get things back on track, and I think it was then I realised I was better suited behind the screen.
Once I had finished school, I continued my solo ‘Alice Thorpe Photography’ venture, and worked for Bill during the week. Two days a week quickly turned to six, and eventually being made Assistant Manager at the age of 19 (!?!). A year passed and despite my amazing boss and lovely co-workers, I needed something new. Which is when I spontaneously decided to go to university.
I decided to go to the University of Lincoln to study Media Production. Two weeks after making the decision to go, I was in my accommodation and ready for my new crazy university life. It was a huge rollercoaster journey, and it wasn’t until my final year that I realised my true love for design; I chose it as my ‘major’ and spent pretty much all of my time thinking or doing design.
After uni I moved back to Doncaster to live with my parents, taking over the spare room to make my own little work space. This was the start of my little personal overhaul. I did commissions and small projects, I worked for Bill every so often just waiting for graduation to arrive. Graduation was incredible, but it left me feeling lost. What on earth was I going to do with my life? After some intense research, plenty of podcast listening and webinar watching. I slowly began to find my feet through combining my graphic design and YouTube worlds.
I suppose that brings us to now. I’m currently working full time as a freelance creative. I have a few different projects going on. The main one being this website that you are currently on. This is my baby, it’s a place for you to learn, share and make friends. I want to share my graphic design journey with you. I’m not saying I’m an expert, but I have a passion for the subject and I have the drive to get sh*t done. Watch this space.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really exciting brands. Below are just a few of my previous and ongoing collaborations. It’s been a pleasure working with them all!