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to Issue Two of Ink & Arrows Design Magazine. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of the amazingly creative people that allowed me to feature them in this issue. Because without them there pobably wouldn’t be an Issue Two of Ink & Arrows. I hope the creatives featured here in Issue Two inspire you, the readers, to go out an create something. It could be anything just as long as you create something. I know they all have inspired me in my work for Issue Two and in my personal work. Especially, the few people that i’ve followed over the years, like; Corinne Alexandra, Julia Alison, & Amanda Mocci! I also want to so thank you to the readers of Ink & Arrows Design Magazine because without you there wouldn’t be a magazine. It would just be another project sitting in my portfolio or sitting in a file on my desktop collecting dust. So, thank you everyone that has been part of Ink & Arrows so far! I can’t wait to see what is going to become of Ink & Arrows in the future. I hope you enjoy ISSUE TWO!

- Alexandra Lucas P.S. - If you have any questions, comments, or would like to be featured please email me at


Issue Two - January 2013

Contents on the cover Illustration by Julia Alison


06 Allyson Busch 14 Carla Cascales Alimbau 23 Amanda Mocci 32 Sara Nieman 39 Aimee McDowell 42 Regan Umberger 48 Julia Alison 56 Corinne Alexandra

62 Lauren Nicole Hom 68 Eleanor Leonne Bennett




A l l y s o n B u s c h is a 18-year-old pho-

tographer living in Atlanta, Georgia, currently in her senior year in high school. She grew up skipping between towns and states, and soon developed a sense of independence that she tries to translate into her photographs. At the age of 15 she picked up her first camera, aimed it at herself, and never stopped. Starting as a way to figure out who she was, photography quickly merged into not only a hobby but a lifestyle; it became something she wouldn’t live without, couldn’t live with out, and therefore didn’t live without.


W h a t i s y o u r i n s p i r a t i o n ? “I tend

to draw inspiration from everywhere. It comes from the people around me, what they say, what they do, what the sky looks like, what happens in nature. I can’t go through a day without seeing something beautiful, and wanting to take a picture of it. I guess in simple, the beauty of everyday inspires me.“

What is the mea ning behind the i m a g e s i n t h i s f e a t u r e ? “The series of

photos is titled “Gone Away” and are about the numbness and solitude of moving away after high school/growing up.”







Who are you? I’m Carla Cascales Alimbau a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer from Barcelona, Spain. Where do you get your inspiration? What/Who inspires you? I’m truly passionate about any kind of design, especially the one that involves handmade projects, textures and art. I love analogue photography and illustration as well. I find my inspiration in nature. There’s nothing more simple and amazing than natural light, the colour of the trees, the changing seasons, the texture of the leaves...I believe that nature is a place where everything works in harmony, as in all good design should fit perfectly to communicate correctly and be visually pleasing.  On the other hand, I think it’s also very important to know what other people are doing, I always try to stay informed about what other designers, artists, architects, illustrators... Tumblr is a great platform for this you can find many different visual references from around the world. I like to discover new artists every day.

If you would work with one designer/artist dead or alive who would it be and why? I would be a dream for me to work with Mario Hugo, I love his amazing illustrations. I like his simplicity and how he applies textures and handmade things to the designs. His illustrations are very organic, he slightly recovers the typical shapes of painters like Magritte or Dalí who I admire and have always represented a source of admiration to me. Mario uses materials such as watercolor paper

or cotton threads to create shapes, and although he has worked for very commercial brands like D&G he always keeps his personal touch.

What is your artistic process? I always start with paper and pencil tracing the first lines, looking for colors or shapes that represent the brand and then I start working in my computer, performing many proposals for after choosing the best option. The choice of typography and color is essential, then I choose the images, texture, materials... and gradually the design takes shape.

What projects have you’ve done that you are most proud of? For a while I was working in an advertising agency in Barcelona with well-known commercial brands, but the design that I was doing there didn’t make me happy. So I decided to leave everything: work and my city, to move to Lisbon to study editorial illustration and dedicate to my personal projects. For three months I was living in a beautiful and bohemian new city, full of inspiration, meeting new people, delving into photography and dedicating myself to delicate and simple projects that I really wanted to do. As a result of that period I present these three design projects for which I have a special affection. A music CD cover for Lonely Mountain Bows, a packaging design for Masia Can Carbonell and a Brand Design for Savon du Midi.


LONELY MOUNTAIN BOWS Music CD cover design for Lonely Mountain Bows. Alternative folk group from France, Portugal and Argentina. Packaging made combining feather illustrations, a simple typography and different paper textures. The box is part of a limited edition made using only cardboard, even the place to insert the CD. The outside of the box is covered with satineÊ paper, and includes a white Polaroid with an illustration on it. The feathers are the symbol of the Group and the absence of color represents the simplicity of their music. The typography is confined to provide information without breaking the harmony between the illustration and the textures of the box.

Award winning design in Design and Design International Award 2012. Published in the Design and Design Book of the Year Volume 5.




MASIA CAN CARBONELL Packaging design for Masia Can Carbonell, organic vegetables. Can Carbonell is a small country house located in a little town of Girona (Spain). The farmhouse cultivates and sells organic fruit and vegetables without using pesticides or GMOs. The intention of the packaging is to respect the philosophy of the brand by avoiding the use of synthetic or chemical materials, such as plastic. The basic materials used for the design are sack cloth, ecological black ink, recycled paper, cardboard and natural fibre string. The concept has been designed to show essentially the product, as naturally as possible. The typography and composition are very simple, making it easy to discern the information given. Each label includes: an outer part with the detailed product information (grams, origin, category‌), and as an added value, an inside part with a healthy recipe for cooking it. The consumer can save these labels to make a little recipe collection. Binding them together with a string then makes it practical to have at hand in the kitchen. The recipes change according to the season, type of product, and required ingredients. In this way the consumer gets a new recipe every time they purchase fruits or vegetables distributed by the brand.


SAVON DU MIDI Packaging, illustration and Brand Design for Savon du Midi. The packaging is made with recycled and recyclable natural products like kraft paper for the box and printed with ecological ink, using only black colour. Each variety of soap has a different handmade illustration related with the natural ingredients of the soap. Savon du Midi is made with shea butter and certified organic vegetable oils. The fine blending of these oils creates its unique quality. None of them contain animal fat. The soap ais manufactured in small factories with the knowledge handed down from generation to generation in Provence (France). The brand has the intention to transmit the simplicity of an organic product in order to highlight the natural qualities of the soap.

Design featured on Packaging of the World.




Who are you?

If you could work with anyone of your choosing who

My name is Amanda Mocci and I would if be and why? am a graphic designer and illustrator That would have to be Thom Yorke from Montreal,Canada. (Radiohead) and Interpol. When I first started drawing portraits, I was My graphic design work focuses on drawing musicians because of the book design and branding. As for my impact music had on my work. Workillustration work,I focus on realistic ing with these guys would  obviousportraits. ly be an incredible dream! 

What is it about illustration and graphic design that What is your artists process? My process for illustration interests you?

is very different than that of graphic design. Non-existent pieces will usually pop in my head so vividly that it’s as if they have already been created. I write down the idea on a scrap paper or my notebook (whatever is closest) Where do you get your inspiration? From all over to not loose the image. really. Sometimes it can be from a book I am reading, movies, dreams, Honestly, once the image pops in my faces around me, a photograph, mu- head it never really leaves; It haunts sic that I am listening to, etc. I am also me until I start devoting time for the totally fascinated by the universe and final piece. If the piece is more conceptual, I will write down words, do it plays a major role in my work. research on the topic, anything that will help me in achieving a rich visuHow does your inspirations influence your work? al. They tend to bring out certain emotions in me that transcend into my work. Sometimes it’s subliminal, sometimes it’s pretty obvious.  In design it has to be typography and developing a beautiful clean layout. For illustration it’s making an idea come to life with a pencil. I’m pretty obsessed with shading.


What illustrations and or graphic design projects that you've done are you most proud of and why? I fell in love with book design while making these 2 books: The Dark Hour and The Universe. The Dark Hour  was pretty much a personal statement about me, my work and the things that inspire me.  The Universe is a book filled with information that I have collected over the years about our universe. The book is broken down into 5 parts:  Introduction, Big Bang, Galaxies & Nebulae, The Stars, and Asteroids & Comets.  I have a soft spot for all my drawings so it’s pretty hard for me to choose favorites! If I have to pick a few: 


Limbus is my most recent drawing. I was thrilled to use my friend Zach Tutor (creator of as a model. Revival is probably my biggest piece till now. I will  definitely  be drawing large scaled pieces from  now on. Thom,  well, I just really like Thom Yorke.  Helix and Carina are my nebulae girls. These girls are the tip-of-theiceberg  representation of how much I love space. 








Who are you? I am Sarah, 19 year old artist from New Hampshire, dreamer and creator whose head is always lightyears away. What type of artist are you? I am an all around artist who loves to use bright colors, large canvases, and lots of film. I don’t really think I could ever call myself just a “photographer” or just a “painter” because I love doing everything, from photographing to painting with oils and watercolors to drawing with charcoal and sometimes even sculpting. What medium do you prefer?  Though I major in photography in college, I think my preferred media is watercolor. It’s so fluid and lovely and


soothing, and the perfect thing to make me feel better. Where do you get your inspiration? People and friends. Creating with others is one of my greatest inspirations, as I can feed off of their creativity and ideas to inspire my own. But, I love looking around the internet for inspiration, looking around my own bedroom and the city I live in. What is your artistic process?  I generally don’t sketch out ideas before I start painting or shooting; Ive only sketched out a photo shoot once or twice. I do, however, love to make list or just brainstorm in my head. Most of the time I just go with the flow, I guess.

If you could work with or for someone dead or alive who would it be? Why? Sally Mann. She’s one of my favorite photographers, so creative and inspiring and emotive, and I will always admire her work and would love to have the chance to work with her. What pieces are you most proud of or mean the most to you and why?  I tend to be most proud of the pieces in which I have achieved exactly what I wanted to. They’re a mix of subjects but all special to me in some way.







Who are you? I’m a Manchester based graphic designer/illustrator, I’ve just finished my second year of a Graphic Communication & Design degree at the University of Leeds and I’m currently taking a year out to gain some experience within the industry. I’ve worked with a few design studios but at the minute I’m a screen printing intern. I make jewelry and other crafty things too, I like to keep busy! What made you interested in illustration, graphic design, photography? I’ve always been creative, art and design has been my thing since I was really little but I took a graphic design class in college and kind of realized that that was what I wanted to do. Where do you get inspiration? Nature. Seriously, animals, plants and minerals are beyond amazing. I really love the 90’s too, the whole early 90’s grunge scene is just so interesting. I’m also pretty in to fashion, geometry, tattoos, taxidermy and other curiosities!

and out of the way. I usually research the ideas with the most potential and I often find that I stumble upon interesting bits of information that are completely different from what I first had in my head. Then I tend to make a start on sketches and see where it goes from there. What illustrations/designs, that you have created, are you most proud of and why?  My favourite illustration is probably the suspended bird, I think it was the first illustration that I finished and felt like I was genuinely happy with the way that it turned out, it’s generally the one that I compare new illustrations to when they’re done. My favourite pieces of design are probably the imagery that I did for my Harsh Realms project and even though it isn’t too recent, I’m pretty fond of the work that I did to visualize gravity. The Harsh Realms stuff was fun to make because I had to figure out a way to force genuine glitches, that took me ages to get my head around. I also got the chance to play with film photography, which was fun! 

What is your creative process? I usually start by making a big list of all of my ideas, good and bad. I find that it’s good to get the bad ones on paper



If you had the chance to work with someone [dead or alive] who would it be and why? Such a hard question! Drew Millward, Richey Beckett and Peter Carrington are probably my favourite illustrators - to work with any of them would be awesome. To have the chance to work on album artwork for a band like Nirvana/ Alice in Chains/Soundgarden would be pretty excellent. Polly Morgan’s work is incredible too, I like taxidermy in all of its forms but there’s just something really special about what she creates. I also love Damien Hirst, he knows what he’s doing.




Who are you? I’m a sixteen year old who likes photography. I talk less than your average person and sometimes I have a hard time balancing my life between people watching and people participating. What made you take up photography? When we were little, my sister’s and I used to beg my mom to let us use her film camera at Christmas and birthday parties. In middle school, I got my own little point and shoot for Christmas and would spend my spare time outside taking pictures and just wandering around.


When I was outside with my camera, I was in my own little quiet world, and it was and still is a nice break from reality. I’m also kind of fascinated by how much influence an image can have on people, and my goal is to eventually be able to tell stories with my photos, share something beautiful with them, or at least make people think. Photography gives me a purpose. Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from a lot of things, but mostly things that make me happy. Happy people inspire me. So do song lyrics, good quotes, rain, and light.

What is your process for photography? I don’t normally plan shoots. I mean, I always have a bunch of ideas and things I want to try, but I never sketch out what I want a picture to look like. I really like how honest and real and candids are. I’m not just talking about people, I’m talking about moments. Like the first snowfall of the year, you can’t plan that and schedule a day to re-shoot. You live in the moment and you capture what you perceive and later you can look back and smile and know that it might happen again, but the best part is that it might not and that’s what makes it so special.

If you could photograph one place in the world where would it be and why? I really want to photograph Venice. Not just because then I’d get to be in Venice, but because from what I’ve seen, it looks like a very magical place to be. The handmade masks, the architecture, the bridges, even the pigeons would be amazing to photograph. It looks like a completely different place from where I am now and the experience would be quite an adventure to capture.




Hi there, I’m Julia Alison, a 90’s child from Western Australia. I grew up in a small costal town in the heart of the wine and surf district, 3 hours south from the most isolated city in the world. I spent 18 years of my life there, growing up there involved a pretty simple and easy life style (lots of beach and sun). However now now I reside in Perth for my studies. I’ll be graduating from the Central Institute of Technology with an advance diploma in graphic design. Very soon I’ll be facing the 9-5 working world and I’m looking forward to entering the design industry.  I’m interested in many branches of graphic design, but mainly those requiring illustrations to create or accentuate the design impact, such as textiles, editorial illustration, music graphics and event promotion.


Although my primary skills are in the illustration area, I have a very strong overall love of design, enjoying all aspects of it and continually striving for a creative balance between the two. I believe my personal style lies in the area of minimalist and geometric influenced design and illustration.   My inspirations from the art and design world include Gustav Klimt, Aphonse Aucha, Jace Wallace, Sachin Teng and Jason Thielke. All of whom are artist who embrace design elements into their illustrations. In the last few months, I’ve also become intent on setting up my own fashion, gifts and accessories business as a way for my original illustration works to find their way into people homes.  To help foster this I have set up the Crystal Flight brand and website. I hope you enjoy my work.









Who are you?

I’m Corinne, and I’m a photographer/designer/creative of many talents from San Diego, California.

How did you get interested in photography, graphic design, & illustration?

I’ve been immersed in art my entire life. Ever since I could pick up a pencil, I was drawing or writing short stories and constantly exercising my creative muscles. I don’t really know what set me on this artistic path, but I’ve been driven by art ever since. I’ve dabbled in so many mediums its hard to sum up my work in a brief statement. When I first started Stuck with Pins (the artist pseudonym I’ve used for years), I was doing pixel dolling (digital illustrations of characters and designs created strictly from pixels). I wanted to create a website to display my pixel art so I experimented in web design and coding. In the mean time, I was also playing around more with photography after I discovered the DeviantART community. I had always been interested in photography and would run around our backyard taking pictures of flowers, chairs, and our dogs just for fun, but now having a place to share these photos online and be exposed to other artist’s work really pushed me to do more with it. Then Myspace came around, and as silly as it sounds, this is what truly developed me as an artist. I started up my business

because of it. I was designing hundreds of Myspace layouts for musicians and artists. I was constantly exploring creative ideas for self-­ ‐portrait “photoshoots”, and in turn, people started commissioning me to shoot photos for their bands and modeling portfolios. I always joke that I “peaked in Myspace”, but after it’s untimely death, I sort of had an opportunity to be reborn as an artist. I was doing way less commercial work, so I was able to explore my personal works and develop a style that felt more like my own. My style has always been pretty dark, but in recent years I’ve really developed a style that isn’t just dark for the sake of being dark. My goal with my personal photography, illustrations, and other miscellaneous art is to take what is not seemingly beautiful, like a skull or a dead animal, and make the viewer reevaluate their perception of what is “ugly” and what is beautiful.

Who and/or what inspires you?

My biggest source of inspiration is the natural ephemera and thrifted junk I surround myself with. I’m a hoarder of natural curiosities (bones and skulls, dried flowers, feathers, taxidermy and other remains of nature) and flea market finds. I like this idea of collecting and recycling old and discarded things into something new and beautiful. Photographer Sally Mann is my biggest influence. She’s the first photographer whose work I ever fell in love with, and her


creative mind continues to inspire me. Her “What Remains” series probably has the most influence on my personal work today. She did a series of images of the decay of her disinterred dog and later a study of the human carcasses at the Body Farm. The thought is disturbing, but the images are captivatingly gorgeous. Like Auguste Rodin said, “To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” I became really infatuated with the decomposition process when I did a study of the stages of decay and actually gathered a roadkill coyote carcass from the side of the road and brought it back to my place to watch nature do its thing. It’s indescribably fascinating! It might seem a little cuckoo crazy, but what’s crazier to me is how we can choose to dismiss the incredible beauty of nature just because it makes us uncomfortable. I try to tackle that uncomfortableness by juxtaposing them with conventional beauty (like flowers and femininity) so that the “ugly” parts of nature become accepted as similarly beautiful.

What work are you most proud of and why?

I’m most proud of my mini photo book Curiosities, Etcetera. Last year, I took a class called Artists Books as an elective. It was seriously one of the worst classes I’ve ever had. People were making books with unsourced, low-­‐resolution Google images Photoshopped on top of rainbow gradients and getting a passing grade for


it. It was mind-­‐blowingly absurd. Despite the ridiculously low standards of the class and the complete lack of inspirational context, I decided to challenge myself to make a book I would be proud to carry around in my body of work for years to come. Curiosities, Etcetera is a photo book of my collections and a look into the things that inspire me. I really came into myself as an artist with this project and started to develop a cohesive style to serve as the foundation of the rest of my personal works. How do you keep your passion for art and design going? Art has just always been a part of me. I go about my life viewing most everything through an artistic scope. When I’m driving, I’ll take notice of the shapes of the clouds or the textural decay on the side of a building; when I’m sitting in my house, I’ll appreciate the interesting shadows the light casts on my walls; even something as mundane as getting dressed and putting on my makeup in the morning becomes an art form for me. Art and inspiration is EVERYwhere. You just have to train your eye to notice them and appreciate beauty in less obvious places.




what type of creative person are you?

what is your favorite part about the creative process? why?

Designer, Illustrator, Baker

My favorite part of the creative process is the “a-ha!” moment of each piece. Sometimes it’s getting the curve of a letter right after the 100th try. Or maybe it’s discovering the perfect color to complete your palette. It’s different each time, and it’s what keeps me going.

what made you interested in design? I’ve always had a creative knack. I grew up doodling outside with sidewalk chalk, which continued to drawing all over my middle school notebooks, which turned into designing posters for my high school, which led me to art school in New York. I was always drawn to advertising and commercial design. I like making things that everyone can enjoy and relate to.


where do you get your inspiration? I draw inspiration from all aspects of my life. Sure, I scroll through design blogs every now and then, but most of my inspiration comes from what I encounter in real life. Books,

packaging, posters…even something as simple as a clothing tag. I’m a firm believer that being creative is a full-time job, so I always have my eyes open for new and lovely things.

computer. I do all of my coloring and touch ups in Photoshop.

if you had to redesign a product line what would it be and why?

The project that is closest to my heart is my children’s book, Exotic Eats. Inspired by my family, it’s an ABC book that teaches kids about food from around the world. Growing up, my mom cooked everything from curry to tamales, so I learned to appreciate all types of cuisines from an early age. I want parents to be able to use this book as a tool for preventing picky eaters. I’m also really proud of my project for the East Village Baked Goods and Booze Tour. I came up with the event and designed all of the promotional materials. We’re actually in the process of organizing it for real!

I’d probably want to redesign Betty Crocker’s line of baking mixes. I grew up using them, and I don’t think their branding evokes the warm feeling that baking gives you. I love working on food and restaurant projects, so this one would be right up my alley.

what is your creative process? First, I’ll usually write down some ideas or thoughts. I always start with pencil sketches in my grid paper notebook. From there, I usually ink my drawings and scan them into the

what pieces, that you have created, are you most proud of and why?







“My name is Eleanor Leonne Bennett and I am a young award winning, globally exhibited contemporary artist.�

What is your inspiration? I am inspired from everyone from Alexander Rodchenko to Cindy Sherman and Wolfgang Tillmans. I an heavily inspired by the literary arts community and a lot of my work is produced in correlation to the creatives I admire What is your artistic process? I often let things come to me. I hate to be overly controlling on images, all with the exception of cropping. I hate to over think things and produce tired images. My art is created primarily for myself even though I regularly sell them as illustrations and the like for international magazines.



ISSUE TWO - Ink & Arrows Magazine  
ISSUE TWO - Ink & Arrows Magazine  

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