Alice Bloomfield’s animations and illustrations explore human interaction. Speaking to It’s Nice That she explains how themes of “sex, unrequited love and sadness” interest her the most. “I put a lot of effort into the study of people”, says Alice, whether it be drawing passengers on the bus or examining other artist’s work, the animator intimately captures idiosyncratic facial expressions and body language. Her linear, figurative style is reminiscent of manga with cool hues and rich compositions. Alice tells It’s Nice That that when she first learnt to draw “I found it useful looking at anime comics as the drawings are skilfully simplified to express the bare, essential characteristics for each emotion”.
The musician Puma Blue approached Alice to make an animated music video for his new album Blood Loss. The video’s concept revolves around the feelings of “when you’ve ended a relationship and you need to let it go but you’re not quite ready to yet”, explains the animator. The melancholic mood is reflected in Alice’s choice to set the animation underwater, conveying “feelings of being trapped under a huge weight and being lost all alone in the expansive blue. The opening scene sees the whole sky transform into the sea which acts as a visual metaphor for the protagonist’s decline into depression”, explains Alice.