Hard at work in the studio

Hard at work in the studio

Alice Tams is an illustrator based in South East London.

She has drawn since she was dexterous enough to pick up a pencil crayon and is obsessed by colour, fine detail and the natural world. After graduating from Goldsmiths University in 2011 with a creative writing degree and a strong desire to avoid the harsh realities of the adult world she decided to forge her own career path. Namely, in drawing animals in human clothing.

A few years on, she is now a full time illustrator, taking on personal and commercial illustrations and running a small business, all from a messy little studio in London.

You can find her products online here - or in the Etsy shop - and physically at one of her stockists. When not illustrating you can find her being rubbish at squash, being slightly better at pub quizzes and travelling as much as time and budget allows.

If you'd like to commission a personal or commercial project, have any questions or just want to say hi, please get in touch via the contact page.


See instagram feed for:
- works in progress
- pictures of cats
- the best sock collection in south east London
- & more...

Here are some questions I get asked/emailed pretty regularly;

Where did you study art?
I didn't, though I did study English Literature & Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, which is very much an art school. I also spent most of my degree drawing.

What pens do you use?
All sorts of fine liners but my favourites are Zigs, Copics & Sakura Pigma Micron Pens. Try www.cultpens.com - it's the best.

How do you colour your illustrations?
The Birds in Hats range are all coloured with either Prismacolor pencil crayons or Faber & Castle Polychromos. I also use watercolours, acrylics and a bit of digital painting from time to time.

Can I get a tattoo of your work?
Sure, try not to change the image though and y'know... have a think about it.
(And send me a photo!)

What's your favourite bird?
As someone incapable of making choices I'm going to list 5. The Gouldian Finch, Kakapos, Blue Tits, Bowerbirds and Starlings.

Can you draw birds without hats?
I cannot.

Drawing stuff and things.

Drawing stuff and things.