Changing Up Materials in Distinctive Illustrations by Margherita Paoletti

Margherita Paoletti creates her unique and creative character designs in a range of materials.

We like the variety this brings to her work. Her illustrations can easily move from being bold and punchy one minute to fine and delicate the next.

In her pencil illustrations, Margherita uses intricate hatching and shading techniques, which give a soft almost tender feel to her work.

However, she seems to feel just as comfortable with the striking palettes and dominant blocks of colour she uses in her digital illustrations, while also being able to tie everything together with distinctive character designs.

She tells us more about why she likes to mix up her techniques and about her day to day process when working on projects.

“I like to call myself a multidisciplinary artist because I have different visions of art. I use digital and analog techniques and I’m in love with both of them.”

“I started with pencil and paper and that evolved in etching and printmaking. Lately, I’m focusing on painting and sculpture, and of course I can’t get enough of my Wacom tablet which I use for my digital illustrations.”

“I don’t sketch too much, even if I think it’s very important for your mental health and for ideas to fill a book with random drawings.”

“When I have to create an image, I try to put in words what I want to say, and then transform the words into shapes, strokes and colors.”

“‘Art is a guarantee of sanity’ wrote Louis Bourgeois. Living through images is not so simple, you can get distracted by everything and everyone.”

“Being an artist requires a tiny dose of discipline: the one of being yourself.”

All images © Magherita Paoletti

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