Name: Martina Pavlova
I’m dreaming of visiting Korea and having my own big studio that I can keep creatively messy all the time…
MP- Sunny south of Spain
MP- I wanted to become an actress. All my life until recently 🙂
MP- Every day is slightly different, regardless if its Monday or Sunday, I guess no freelancer distinguishes that. In general, it may look like this: breakfast, work, gym, work, lunch, work, work, work, dinner, work, movie, sleep. Repeat. Pretty simple and boring, that’s why I add “travel” to it as often as possible.
DF-What are three words that describe your work?
MP- stylish, modern, feminine.
MP- I have been creative all my life but actually I never dreamed about being an illustrator as such, it just happened organically.
MP- For about 12 years as a part time job/hobby, full time about 3 years.
MP- I used to work as a fashion editor for several lifestyle magazines. Once we just couldn’t find any photos to fit the article I wrote so I simply drew it myself. Later I made press conference invitations for several brands I used to work with and I actually got invited to some conferences with my own designs, which was pretty cool 🙂
DF- Did you study illustration/art in college? And if so, is studying illustration/art in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?
To be honest, four years at uni was quite a waste of time for me. Profesionally and personally too I lost more that I gained there, but I guess that depends on what University you study. However, I believe that if you are interested in any artistic/creative job, in reality all you need is practice and work experiences/internship. Unfortunately, no school will prepare you for the real life and things you will have to face when freelancing.
MP- Draw a lot, experiment with different styles and media, be creative and find out what you like the most (be it style, media, fashion on children’s illustration). Dream big and dont be afraid to be different.
MP- Sunny days, challenging orders, travelling and my IG fans because I don’t want them to get bored 🙂
My biggest work so far was an illustration for L’Oréal cosmetic brand which was a great experience in many ways.
MP- In a perfect world, no. In a commercial world, yes. Your own style defines your work and makes you special and memorable. To develope your own style, just practice, practice, practice, try new things, different media, different styles. Eventually you will find your own style, that suits your personality and niche.
Arturo Elena – his excentric, super colorful and super detailed work is just stunning!
MP- I use variety of media to create my work. I usually make a very rough sketch with pencil, then I play with details using markers, colored pencils or watercolors or I edit it on computer and then add some special handmade details to the final image. When I have enough time, I just love to experiment.
MP- All the things that most artistic people find impossible, like getting new clients and all marketing stuff. You either have a creative talent or business talent. You can’t have both I think 🙂
MP- Spanish homes are super tiny so unfortunately there is no place for my own office/studio. I share a work space with my husband – our living room serves as a family room, dining room, and an office. We are easy, as we travel a lot we are both used to work from just anywhere. Its very convinient and gives us a lot of freedom. Which is far more important that a big office (still, I would be happy to have one LOL)
MP- Travelling, sunny days, fashion, jewellery, eating out (I hate cooking!)
MP- I would love to earn enough to buy myself a Masseratti 🙂 Just joking. I am pretty modest. All I need are nice creative clients who don’t want me to work for free…
MP- As I mentioned before, practice, practice, practice. And get some marketing education/classes if possible.