Marta Rojas – Follow your passion

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Ich studierte Psychologie, aber letztendlich war es die Malerei, die es mir angetan hatte, deshalb studierte ich Illustration und Malerei, verwirklichte meinen Traum, so die spanische Künstlerin Marta Rojas aus Girona.

Elle:
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What sparked your interest in art?

Marta Rojas:

Art has been close to my life since I was a Child. My brother was really talented in drawing and my father has been painting since I can remember. Watching them drawing and painting was a real treat for the eye. I grew up loving their work and learning from them and that was inspiring enough to never quit drawing.

However, I’ve never studied fine arts but Psychology. As a graduate I start preparing for competitive examinations and practicing with pastels at the same time. To make a long story short, I started participating in exhibitions and gradually I started getting requests till one day I decided to take a leap of faith and become a full time illustrator.

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Elle:
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?

Marta Rojas:

When I work on commissions I have to organise it according to a deadline and the brief, unlike doing personal work that allows total freedom of movement.

I start with a couple of sketchings before making the definite drawing. Then, if it’s the case, add some colour in watercolor, gouache, ink or acrylic and scan it to continue working in Photoshop (editing, cleaning, tweaking…). Sometimes I add the colour directly from Photoshop, like to play with my own brushes and patterns.

Although there is no deadline on personal project I try not to work on the same drawing more than a week or week and a half because I lose interest easily and I want starting something fresh new or experimenting and playing with new techniques that I want to try out. When I get bored with a drawing I leave it unfinished in the folder to pick it up again later.

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Elle:
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Marta Rojas:

Until now fashion and design have been a great inspiration for me, but generally I get inspired by many different ways, it could be a piece of music, a book character, a movie, gallery exhibitions, travelling really helps me to disconnect and see things from a new perspective. Whatever can inspire but at the moment I’m working on human psychology as the main inspiration for my next personal projects. I would like to focus on the mental state of the people I draw and how can it be described to the viewer through their body language, attitudes, expressions… I think it’s both challenging and exciting.

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Elle:
What’s the best and worst parts of being a full time, working artist?

Marta Rojas:

For me what really worth-while is being your own boss, that is priceless. Dealing with all kind of customers could not be always fun, you know, but you are free to work from where you want and set your own hours. Your own job, your own rules!

The toughest thing for me is the instability. Starting working on what you most love doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bed of roses, not at all. But difficult times inspire me to keep going and continue working harder. I love my job and it is definitely worth it.

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Elle:
Any quotes you live by?

Marta Rojas:

Any of Will Smith. I particularly like this one: “You have to believe it. There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts you from plan A” and “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.”

There are words from Einstein about the crisis that I use in my own life. This is just a fragment: “(…) without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony. Without crisis there is no merit. It is in the crisis where the best of each other rise up, without crises any wind is caress. (…)”

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