I'm martina doom ~ a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator and muralist! I'm 30, vegan and work at a local juice place when I'm not at home doing art/petting my cat Odin/cuddling with my partner Justin. I've lived in St. Catharines my entire life but only truly started appreciating it more once I started working/living downtown. There's an amazing community of creatives here and I feel so lucky to be a part of that. I'm an introvert at heart, a Capricorn and snack enthusiast. Catch me trying every flavour possible, always.
Illustrations and murals: Martina Doom
"If I can make someone smile through my art, it's an achievement in my books"
How would you describe your art style and what emotions do you like to channel in your art?
I would describe my art style as lighthearted, whimsical and otherworldly. I like using soft colour palettes and natural imagery to convey places that I wish existed. I'm really inspired by cartoons, sci-fi and fantasy, so I think some of those elements naturally make their way into my art style. Ultimately, I try to create art that makes people happy. I want someone to be able to look at my work and feel a sense of calm, joy or excitement about what they're seeing. Our world is so heavy and filled with too many injustices. If I can make someone smile through my art, it's an achievement in my books.
When you’re about to create a new piece, what does your creative process look like?
I approach new pieces in a few different ways. When it comes to client work, I generally like to sketch out a couple ideas in my sketchbook before moving over to my iPad. That's where I'll clean up the idea, experiment with colour, composition and add all the fun details. Personal work is a little different. I try to allow more space for mistakes, so I generally don't plan things out as much. Sometimes that can be frustrating and lead to me wishing I had given the idea a little more thought haha. But it's all a part of the process!
"I feel so connected to my work when I'm creating on a larger scale"
You have your own Youtube channel! Tell us a bit about that experience and why you decided to start that journey.
I've been making YouTube videos for less than a year, but I've been interested in doing it since I was in my early twenties. I guess it took me a lot of time to be comfortable enough to put myself out there in that way. There's a really amazing and supportive creative community on YouTube. I love working on my own stuff while watching/listening to other artists. They often talk about their own struggles with art, materials they love to use and can provide so many amazing tips. It's helped me grow as an artist myself and that's exactly why I started my own channel. If I can help someone else achieve their creative goals, I'll do it! It's nice to feel seen and build connections with likeminded people online.
Between your sweet smaller pieces and the amazing murals you’ve painted, which do you prefer working on and why?
I honestly love them both so much! But I will say, there's nothing like getting into a flow state when painting a mural. I feel so connected to my work when I'm creating on a larger scale. It's more of a physical experience than sitting at my desk with a piece of paper. I think there's a stronger body/mind connection when I get to move around a space and create. It's a really immersive experience that feels so peaceful.
As an artist, Is there something you know today that you wished you knew years ago?
I would probably tell myself to trust my intuition more. You know that little gut feeling that screams at you from deep inside when you're trying to make a decision about something? Trust that, always. Our bodies communicate to us in subtle ways. When you start to listen, it becomes easier to decipher. Only you know what you need and what truly resonates with your entire being or creative practice. Follow that feeling!
Where do you look to when you’re looking for new inspiration and new techniques to learn?
When I feel a little lost, I always turn to the things that comfort me the most. For me, that's Studio Ghibli movies, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and video games. Because I love really immersive and fantastical worlds, going back to my favourite examples of those can make me feel more at home in myself. They tend to remind me of who I am and why I do things the way I do.
When I'm looking for new techniques, I look to other artists that I admire. I'll try out a medium that they love or work with colours that aren't ones I'm normally drawn to. There's so much information available to us online. If there's every anything I need to know, I turn to the oracle (google) and type in my question. It's simple but effective haha.
"When I feel a little lost, I always turn to the things that comfort me the most"
If you could only have 3 colours of paint on your palette for the rest of your life, which colours would you pick?
This is a painful question and I'm sorry to all the paint I'm about to leave out haha. Black, pastel pink and ultramarine blue (very into this specific blue lately).
If you could casually paint with any person that’s ever existed, who would it be?
Hayao Miyazaki. He's an animator, director and manga artist who's the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. I admire his work and ability to convey emotion through his characters. There's so much depth and beauty in everything he does. After watching the documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness", it just made me admire him and his work ethic so much more. A true genius!
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