We stumbled upon Marianna Tomaselli on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. When seeing her work, it seems to instantly catch your attention. She makes you feel as if you are a part of her art. You are part of the universe she created in her illustration, each one is their own world. It’s this feeling that keeps you coming back to see what she will create next!
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Hey! My name is Marianna and I’ve been living in the beautiful city of Milan for over 5 years now. I grew up in a small and typical town close to Lake Garda, but my family is originally from Sicily. I work as a freelance illustrator as well as for a creative studio, which is called Revolution Department, as an art director.
How did you start illustrating?
I’ve been drawing all my life, practically since I can remember! In high school, my parents didn’t want me to go to art school, so I just kept drawing throughout all my lessons. My teachers got so angry at me! It was kind of an instinct for me, to draw, and I couldn’t really control it! Finally, when I was old enough to decide for myself, I chose to do what I really wanted to do: to become an illustrator and incorporate drawing in my life and my career.
What inspires you the most?
Sicily is a very important part of my life, and has always inspired me visually, being so diverse and unique. The sea, the plants, the very atmosphere there have influenced a lot of my projects and defined my aesthetic world. Since I was kid, I used to draw the sea. I also love travelling. Of all the places that I’ve been, I always bring something with me which I translate in my drawings. In particular, I find tribal cultures and tropical places very fascinating. I’m also kind of obsessed with the tropical vibe of the jungle.
How would you describe your creative process?
Before I start working, I search for plenty of references and I build a database with images that I like. After, I do a couple of quick sketches. When I have the complete picture in my mind of the project, I start with the final illustration.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Don’t give up on doing what you love the most.
What are your three favorite instagrammers?
Actually I have a lot of people that I really appreciate, these 3 are some of them:
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