Describe yourself in two sentences.
I'm Marta Colomer, a graphic designer by trade and illustrator by accident. The accident was the tsunami of the financial crisis that took me awash with doubts. Luckily, I came out afloat with renewed strength and loads of projects.
Where does your passion for art come from?
I was never a very good student but if I think hard about it and go back to my school days, I loved art history classes. Maybe one of the teachers -tired of my lack of interest for maths or physics- unconsciously put an artistic gene in my head, which started evolving over time.
Ask a question, give an answer.
Are just some people gifted with creativity?
I don't think so, not at all; I think we all have a dose of creativity to a greater or lesser extent, we just need to know how to feed it and let it come out. I also believe that it's a very recommendable therapy to keep going in this society that we've been handed.
Are there other Camaloon artists you like?
Of course! There are some top class creators. There are so many that I like, but without reeling off a long list, I really love Amaia Arrazola's and Nuria Díaz's sensitivity.
How would you describe your style?
Complexly simple. My designs offer a clean finish, with soft colors; they could almost be considered naive, through a very elaborate creative process.
Tell us about your creations on Camaloon.
I am really happy with the final finish; they're proven quality products and I get excited seeing my tuttis become magnets or mirrors; I never would have thought they'd turn out so cool.
What project are you proudest of?
I have a soft spot for The Aviator as it is one of my first illustrations. I think the vinyl format is a superb result.
Tell us a story about you or your work.
One of the best things about this job is the contact with your followers; it may be virtual but it is really gratifying. For example, I have quite a lot of customers in the US and just some days ago, I got up and was going through my emails and came across one from a man congratulating me for my illustration of Don Draper (Mad Men's leading character). Someone had gifted him the illustration and as North Americans are so polite, he had taken the time to write to me. The best thing is that he then said that he was one of the first season's producers! I couldn't believe it! It's my favorite TV show.
How would you describe Camaloon?
It's a fantastic platform for finding something to treat yourself and think: go on buy it, you deserve it! You can also come across some great gifts on there too.
Any last words?
It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope we can keep working together in the future.