Black Malcerta

Black Malcerta

name: Blake
surname: Malcerta
year of birth: 1977
country: England


Skull Girl by BlackMalcerta

Skull Girl
by BlackMalcerta


Q1: When did you start making art?
As far as I remember, I’ve been drawing since I was a child.
I litterally fall in love with some book covers I saw at my friend’s house, one in particular caught my attention: it was Dracula. I think it was done by Frank Frazetta. The deep sense of tridimensionality erupting from that painting switched something on my brain. Very intriguing.
Then I tried to reproduce the same feeling, so I decided to make some personal drawings focusing on horror subjects.

Q2: What does inspire you?
All that is obscure, creepy, eerie and bizarre.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I started with the traditional media, but when I discovered the digital techniques I quit pencils, acrylics and watercolours and I concentrated all my strengths in creating a digital style which could remind a bit the traditional one.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Well… sometimes it’s something that comes out straight from my head. Some – we can call them – visions I clearly see and just translate in drawings. Others, it’s something that catches my attention when I’m not working, some pictures I see reading magazines, browsing books, or I can take inspiration from movies as well.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I love desaturated colors and I tend to use a very limited color palette.
This reminds me all the gothic and decadent atmosphere of some images and venues I’ve been watching all over the years.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I think I would improve the anatomy, because I’m very attached to realism. And maybe I’d like to create deeper sense of fear and anxiety.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
A part from my current works, yes. But I cannot talk about it!!!

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of BlackMalcerta.
Restless, melancholy and a bit romantic.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I’m not even sure I’d be able to find it!!!
Jokes a part, I’ve found some early sketches done many years ago. Some studies for illustrations, but never developed. They were not even signed.
Sketch_1 Sketch 2

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think I’ve just improved my skills. That’s all.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
For me it’s a good way to exorcize my fears. It’s very cathartic, so we can say is both essence of life and escaping from the reality.
Sounds like a paradox?
Well, life sometimes is a paradox.

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