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Alex Jay Brady is a digital artist who specialises in concept art for computer games and movies. She has created a lot of sleek, kinetic and beautiful sci fi scenes, as well as other art works including portraits. Ms Brady has a profound appreciation of good science fiction and discusses many of her favorite books in this interview.

Alex Jay Brady is a prolific and highly talented artist who lives in Cambridge, UK. Check out her pictures at boac.artstation.com. Ms Brady has worked on Battlefield Hardline (2015); Fast and Furious Supercharged (2015); and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014); as well as on other games and movies and in product design.
She has an almost lifelong appreciation for sci fi, since her mother read John Wyndham and H.G. Wells scifi to her as a child. And she has returned to some books over the years, like A Canticle for Leibowitz. Some sci fi novels have influenced particular art works of hers. One such novel was Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, a sequel to A Canticle for Leibowitz which she describes as more of a midquel. There are many good sci fi reading tips in this interview. She also discusses her working techniques in creating some of her amazing pictures.

READERSVOICE.COM: Your output is prolific and high quality. How many pictures do you produce a year say?

ALEX JAY BRADY: I churn them out! I dont get to do much personal work at the moment as Im very busy on a show and a game, but Ill make a whole progression of images each day as I work. It must be thousands per year. Of course only a small fraction get taken to final polish.

RV: If you could travel into the future, or the past, how far would you go and what would you expect to see?

AJB: With my godlike time travel powers, Id love to go back and mess around in the big bang, maybe draw a smily face in the Cosmic Microwave Background, but also see if there was anyone alive back then, I like the idea that when the universe was very compressed, whole civilisations rose and fell in what we would experience as nanosaconds :) It’s such a mysterious time and place, unimaginably violent but maybe there is structure there. Mind you, if time travel were possible, that’s surely the number one place everyone would go sooner or later, so it’s probably pretty crowded!
I’d also love to see the deep future; is the galaxy full of our descendents, or is it sterile, or full of other people?

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