Today I come to talk about everything that has come with me on my creative journey, my source of inspiration to create my wall prints.
The French filmmaker Jean – Luke Goddard said: “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. “For this reason, since I work on art, I always search new inspiration sources that make me grow as an artist.
Everything that I show on my wall prints and on my Works is the result of the experiences that I had lived, of the places that had explored. And also, I think that is essential the influences from other artists. Therefore, today I would like to tell you a little bit more about me and about my creative process.
The essence of my wall prints: connecting with myself and with my environment.
From my point of view, being honest is something essential to create. It is very important for me, feeling totally identify with all the things that I draw and create.
I try to be connected with myself, with my soul, for that reason I use to practice yoga and meditation. These sessions help me to stimulate my imagination and to think clearer about what I want to represent on my wall prints.
I also highly appreciate being around people that share the same interests that me. The connection that I have with my friends and with the people that I love is really important. As well as knowing new people and discovering news ways of live. Is something that inspires me a lot and I try to express that in my artistic and wall print works.
My first source of inspiration: my years in Italy
I could say that my truth identity as an artist started to grow in Italy, during those first years I explored many creative ways and lots of techniques. These years I defined my own style as artists.
The kind of wall prints that I like more and that defines better my style is pop art. When I began, I start using flat paintings, normally on textile. But recently I have been working more on my Tablet, using digital techniques.
On my first years I used to work with primary colours and was really important the contrast in my works. There are a lot of technical characteristics from this ages that I am still using on my wall prints, but other things, as my colour palette has changed a lot. Likewise, I have noticed that the place where I live had a big influence in my art and in the way how I feel.
My colour palette: an inspiring trip to London
In 2015 I traveled to London to take a textile printing course and I never thought that this city would influence me so much. One of the changes that I experimented was in my color palette. The cold weather and the muted colors of the city caused a turn in my way of creating and I felt the need to add more vitality to my work as an illustrator.
Since that year I began to use fuchsia, which is already part of my palette and I use it very frequently. I feel that gives a lot of strength and happiness to my wall prints and it is already part of me, of who I am as Marta Fofi, as an artist.
I have beautiful memories of that experience and I would like to go back to the city to visit some friends and to remember everything I learned during that year.
My biggest inspiration: Ibiza, my refuge in the Mediterranean
The last years I have been living on an island called Ibiza with which I am deeply in love. I was captivated by its turquoise beaches, the colors of the houses and all the people I have met over these years.
I love being able to exhibit my wall prints and work in markets and meet people who work with different techniques, from jewelry and accessories, to pieces of art or clothing.
During the summer it is a place full of life and energy and, from the last months of autumn, it becomes a much calmer place, perfect to work on my wall prints.
A mix between digital and analog
All of us who love drawing, start in the same way, with a pencil and a notebook. At the beginning of my career as an artist, before creating an illustration, I would do some scribbling on paper until little by little they took shape and when I had the clearest concept, I began to work on it with my graphic tablet.
In my tablet I have saved all my palettes and all the strokes that I have been incorporating through my career as an illustrator. This makes the production process of my work much easier for me.
Currently, I don’t use to do sketches by hand. I have been professionalizing and improving my equipment, and almost all my wall prints are started directly on my iPad, with the program Procreate. This change wasn’t easy at first, but now it is part of my essence.
I hope you have enjoyed knowing me a little bit better. I think that sharing my experiences not only helps to understand better my work. Sharing also helps the artist community, as we can all learn from each other and inspire each other.
In addition, I would like to show you some of my illustrations and other artistic works that you can find in my etsy shop. Also, if you have any questions about my work or you want to comment something, I invite you to write me. I will be happy to answer you, because now we don’t have the opportunity to go to art fairs or exhibitions, the only way we have to connect is online.