Where did you you grow up and when did you decide to become an artist? Have you always been creative?
I grew up in Biella, a little town in the north of Italy. I have been always been creative and I remember watching the TV show Art Attack and trying to reproduce all the stuff they made. My school books and notebooks were full of doodles and sketches. Therefore, after high school, I decided to move to Milan to attend an Art school.
How did you develop your skills? Did you study art in school or are you self taught?
As I said I’ve always had a passion for drawings but I learned proper technical skills in school, in Milano.
Have your family and friends always been supportive in your artistic path, or has it been challenging for them to understand your choice?
They’ve been always very supportive, I’m very lucky. They believed in my skills and encouraged me to study to improve them from the beginning, my father in particular.
What was your strongest influence you had growing up ( artists, cartoons, films, comics, etc.)?
I was and still I am a great fun of the Disney’s movies world, it gave me the first big imprint and inspiration.
Do you have a routine when sitting down ready to get creative?
Not really, but I’m very selective on which music listening to depending on the mood of the day and the subject I have to work on.
What part of the creative process is the easiest, what part is the hardest and what part is the most fun?
The hardest part is to find a good enough idea and the fun comes when I manage to reproduce it on paper and I see that it works well.
The easiest part is allow myself having a break and some chocolate, apparently very good for creativity.....
Have you worked on any exciting projects in the past and are you working on at the moment (if you can tell us)?
I’m working in collaboration with a writer on a children book, and I’m really enjoying it.
Do you have a long-term career goal and what would your dream project be?
I’d love to conciliate my passion for travelling and for food with my design skills, like being sponsored to work on a creative blog: travelling around the world, trying any sort of different food and making reviews combined with mix of pictures and drawings...it would be a dream!
Would you prefer to work for a company or work as a freelancer? And why?
I’d like to be in a team, I think it would be a great incentive. At the same time I love the independence being a freelance gives me.
What advise would you give to an artist who is dealing with an art-block? What do you do to keep yourself creative and boost your imagination?
Everybody is different but I can tell what happened to me: I had a big art-block a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to touch a pencil anymore and I felt very frustrated. What really helped me with it was going along with feelings instead of trying to force myself back to my laptop. For a few month I worked as a bartender and I got the chance to travel and focus on something else. This break brought me back a very positive incentive and a lot of inspiration.
Do you have a favourite subject to draw? If so, what makes it so special?
I love animals and landscapes, just because I think they are two things I love in reality too.
Who are the artists that inspire you the most today? And why?
There are a few artists I love but more than in a single one I find my inspiration browsing on Pinterest and Behance to find....so many talents in the world!
Do you have something that you've designed that you are most proud of?
I’m very (too much) auto critical, I might love one of my work one day and ending up hating it the day after
If you had to give 1 piece of advice to someone just getting started in the creative field, what would it be?
Practice, practice, PRACTICE. There’s no class or teacher that will make you become an artist, it’s all about how much time you spend with a pencil in your hand.
Finally, where can we find you and your art online and get in touch with you? How can we buy your creations and support your work?
I’m working on my new website right now but you can still see the majority of my work on my online portfolio: https://martinamessori.wordpress.com/
or email me for any art inquiries: email@example.com