Alex Foster is an award winning illustrator based in Margate, UK. He specialises in map illustrations, print and editorial work. Hello@alex-foster.com
In August 2017 a total eclipse passed the USA - this is the map to illustrate the path of it across the states.
A map of Sai Ying Pun in Hong Kong for American Express Centurion members magazine.
The map features author Lauren Ho's favourite places to eat, drink and visit.
The poster for Totally Thames 2014.
This won a World Illustration Award for New Talent in advertising, and was the advertising campaign for the event - featuring in 250 London tube stations, 500 National Rail stations and 10,000 brochures.
I was honoured to have been asked to create a large scale map for the Roald Dahl Literary Estate.
The map is in four framed quarters, and features characters and locations from 22 of Roald's fantastic stories. From the classics like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Matilda' to smaller and lesser known books such as 'Boy: Tales of childhood'.
I was also asked to create a 'Chocolate Timeline' based on an excerpt from 'The Roald Dahl Cookbook' where he describes a history of chocolate making.
The map of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl chocolate timeline
Each month since March 2016 I've been working with Air Canada's in-flight magazine Enroute.
The illustrations show places to visit in each city featured in the 'Getaway' section.
Cape Cod, USA.
San Antonio, USA
Various illustrated maps for clients and personal projects.
Paris map print
An Illustrated map of Paris featuring it's famous landmarks and destinations.
An illustrated map of London featuring famous landmarks and sites from across the city. You can buy this as a print here.
Walk the UK & Ireland
Commissioned by Place in Print, the UK and Ireland walking map shows hiking and trail routes you can find and fill in yourself.
New York map print
An illustrated giclée map of New York featuring famed landmarks and key tourist destinations from across the city. You can buy this as a print here.
New York Wedding Map
An Illustrated map of New York for a wedding, featuring points of interest from Jersey City and New York.
Summer of Colour
An art map of Margate for the Summer of Colour with the Turner Contemporary.
The Isle of Thanet
Lovely's gallery also asked me to create a map of Thanet as a print exclusive to them.
A beauty map featuring selected perfumes and sites across London for Evening Standard's ES Magazine.
Working with Margate based exhibition designers Design Map, we produced two projects for Down House and English Heritage.
Down house is an English Heritage site where Charles Darwin lived for years with his family.
The first project is an illustrated leaflet that visitors can take when exploring and learning in Down House. Illustrations feature the Darwin family, areas and objects related to the house.
The second is an illustrated children's book version of the Mark Twain story 'The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'. We know that Darwin enjoyed this story so we made a version that would act as a picture book, which you can sit and read while on your tour of Down House.
Prints / private commissions
Area prints and privately commissioned work.
1. Illustration of Ramsgate harbour and seafront.
2. The second illustration of Margate seafront and beach
3. The first illustration of Margate seafront and beach. This edition was stocked at the Turner Contemporary and has since sold out.
Textiles and patterns
Talented kindly asked me to design a line of premium tote bags for their 2015 and 2016 collections.
You can read an interview with me about the bags here. Prints of these are available
The featured patterns are from various commercial and personal projects for uses on stationery, pockets and apparel, and wrap.
Undélaissé is a recipe book for artist Amina Menia. It is based on bread recipes from recordings of people from around the world who currently live in Folkestone.
The book was launched at the Folkestone Triennial and accompanied her sound art piece about a plot of land where a bakery was bombed during World War 2.
Hallmark / M&S
2014 Dad Christmas cards for Hallmark/Marks & Spencer.
A service where customers can send me their images of houses, hotels and businesses and I make illustrations of them.
For the History edition of Anorak Magazine I was commissioned to make a fun piece for poem 'Jimbo and the Time Lord' by Roy Edwards
Editorial / Art books
Clonesville: I created this large scale book for my final University project. It's a loose narrative about a horde of clones being created and spreading across the world. The humans push the clones to perish in a volcano to save the world.
Other projects include Illustrations for Brave New World, a screen printed zine about the life of a Redwood tree in Oregon and a zine based on the culling of pigs.