“A lot of the messages I promote are really just messages to myself... to stay confident and motivated as a young woman."
Area : Sydney.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Wacom Intuos Pro Paper.
What first motivated you to start designing?
What does your creative process look like?
I usually sketch ideas in a journal I always have on me, and these sketches inspire the digital illustrations I create on my laptop. There is this strange perception that you need a big fancy studio to be an artist, but I prefer to be as mobile as possible. A lot of my work has been created while I'm travelling or on train trips to the city every day. All I need is my journal, a fine tip pen and my laptop to create.
“There is this strange perception that you need a big fancy studio to be an artist but... All I need is my journal, a fine tip pen and my laptop to create."
You have done multiple brand collaborations, what's the process like of mixing your own style with a large established brand such as Dr Martens.
From the beginning I was conscious to establish a really strong style and colour palette for my work, so luckily whenever a brand approaches me for a collaboration they are looking for my style specifically and want me to bring my own flavour of design to the table. Usually there's a quick turnaround with working with big brands like ASOS, Cotton On... so you have to be a quick worker and confident in what you're doing.
“Martina Martian x Cotton On T BAR design"
Your work deals with promoting confidence and empowerment - where do you draw inspiration from? How do you keep such a positive attitude?
I draw inspiration from my own experiences as a young women and discussions with some of the inspiring, really intelligent people in my life. A lot of the messages I promote are really just messages to myself to stay confident and motivated as a young woman.
Creating positive work is what keeps me positive, and I'm just so happy that my work has been able to brighten up and inspire other women as well!
What advice would you give to other young people pursuing creative fields?
Be sure to showcase your abilities on some kind of platform such as Instagram or Behance. If you don't have client work then just work on personal projects which show what you can do! Always make time for personal projects anyway because ultimately they are the projects which impress people and lead to more work. Show the world your drive and passion.
What can we expect from the future for Martina Martian?
You can expect to see me running around Europe and doing more work internationally.
I'm going global!
Photography and Visuals by @aaronsbull.