[Carmen:] Martina, your illustrations caught our eye at this year’s Cannes Lions, how would you describe your style?
[Martina:] I guess my work is trying to capture the ordinary and the everyday combined with dark outlines, flat areas of colour, 70s American motels, modernist furniture and dots with an occasional Memphis thrown in. I like to draw people and their awkward people poses set in environments filled with daily objects with a somehow familiar narrative going on.
[C:] Where does your inspiration come from?
[M:] Influences vary — I am a massive fan of Yuichi Yokoyama, Bien Philty, James Juliano Villani or Derek Ercolano and their work verging on psychedelia of sort, am kinda envious!
[C:] Is there any future project you’d like to share with us?
[M:] Actually there is — I am very heavily playing with the idea of a graphic novel as opposed to static client work. Having the freedom to spread the narrative over series of pages is a very daunting, but very exciting prospect, not to mention the chance to play with the nuances of the story and seeing it develop on the go and with the time. The main character will be the Cat person — the same one I used in an artwork for you guys and that already featured in few of my recent illustrations and the story will be very human, very daily with bits and bops of a dark stuff. So yeah, all of you graphic novel lovers out there — keep your eyes peeled!
[C:] Finally, what attracted you to Joto? 😉
As a purely digital illustrator I absolutely love how the picture comes to life underneath the command of this little robotic arm holding the pen! It is almost like having little mechanical intern drawing what you tell him to. Rather genius idea all that really!