name: Marta Emilia
surname: Gryczka
year of birth: 1985
country: Poland


by MartaEmilia


Q1: When did you start making art?
I studied graphic design and I used to work as a graphic designer, but I didn’t really paint or draw since I was a kid. That’s why I always felt more comfortable with tablet and computer than traditional media. When during my studies, apart from doing advertising designs, I had to do some illustrations, I discovered that digital painting is something for me. I discovered also that I like it more than graphic design. Now I work as a concept artist and I’m very happy to have a job that gives me the opportunity to paint every day.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I seek inspiration everywhere from old horror movies to comic books, computer games and music.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Photoshop and graphic tablet.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I like legends, myths and fairy tales and everything that is unreal.

Q5: What is the main colour of your art and why?
I use variety of colours, I try to go with different ones with every work I make. It depends on the subject really, but I tend to mix dark and saturated colours.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I think that making art is an endless struggle to be better, so there is always something to improve.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’m interested in Slavic mythology so I plan to continue the series of Slavic demons I started as my graduation work.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of MartaEmilia.
headstrong, daydreamer, cookie-monster.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
The Witch HERE is my first digital painting. It was based on my old pastel sketch. This is not the original version, the first one looked different. When I learned more I replaced it with a better one. Unfortunately I don’t have the first version anywhere. I was quite happy with this work, and I still like it – the colours and the cat.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Almost everything. I learned a lot since that first painting, and I learn more with every one I make.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s my passion and my work so it’s both I think.

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