Alyssa Bradley — illustrator, designer, photographer, videographer, storyteller, nerd
It is the artist's greatest gift to carry the burdens of life — the tragedies, brokenness, sorrow, but also hope, joy, redemption; all the ups and downs, the quiet moments and the grand ones — and wrestle with them, sort through, and mold them. We take these experiences, craft them into beautiful tangible things and present them to the world, having peace that that these small reflections of our souls will make the burden of life lighter for another.
I believe that stories are the most powerful force in the world. Stories bring unlikely people together, teach lessons, make us feel things we have never felt before, and challenge us to see life from a different perspective. Behind every piece of my art is a story, a gateway into the whimsical worlds that my brain resides in. Nothing I create is without meaning; everything has a story that is waiting to be set free.
What I've Been Up To
My day job is a media production specialist at Michigan State University. During the evenings you can usually find me scribbling out nerd comics.
I'm currently partnering with director Annalise Ophelian on her upcoming docuseries Looking for Leia. As part of the art department team, I created an exclusive illustration for the Kickstarter campaign, and designed pins, stickers, and a shirt for the Seed & Spark campaign. I'm also a 2nd Unit Director & Cameraperson on the series.
My side hustle has shifted from pop culture work to more original endeavors, with my current collaborative webcomic and podcast, My Boyfriend is an NPC, and my other podcast Try Me. I'm also in the process of developing my first original webcomic, Pandora, which I hope to launch in winter 2018.
My illustrations have been printed on popular tee-a-day sites such as Qwertee, Teefury, Shirtpunch, The Yetee, Once Upon a Tee, Unamee, and GraphicLab Tees. My work is also on sale in my RedBubble, Society6, and TeePublic shops.
In 2014, I was privileged to fill the role of Art Director on the independent film "Love is Blind", where I designed the movie poster, illustrated the end credits, and collaborated with the production designer to create various props used in the film. Love is Blind is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.