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Illustrator and graphic designer Martina Francone shares a selection of her works and thoughts on unity.

Italy born artist Martina Francone currently resides in Denmark, studying multimedia design.

On her CV or resume she describes herself as a designer, pizza lover, an unstoppable wanderer, illustrator, and independent person with a creative mind.

“I think that’s actually my life in a nutshell.”

She started working as an illustrator during her first year of university in Italy, back in 2015. Making a career out of illustrating happened gradually by meeting people who noticed her illustrations and started asking for different kinds of commissions; then, through social media she managed to expand her contacts and started working with people from all over the world.

“I think social networks are a great way to connect people if used in the right way. I’ve been drawing my entire life, I just realized that it could be also a kind of job for me when people started asking me for commissions. I think art is something that you feel inside, but of course you also need time and practice to develop your skills.”

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How did your creative and artistic style develop?

I’ve always been drawing by hand, but when I started to work in that field my friends gave me a graphic tablet for my birthday. Since that time I’ve always been working with digital illustration because it’s more convenient, but when I draw for myself I still like going back to paper sometimes. I’ve never thought too much about my style, it has simply developed over time, according to my personal aesthetic taste and what I want to communicate.

What accomplishments influenced your journey?

One of the projects I’m most proud of is “Abbecedario illustrato per i viaggi in solitaria” because I managed to combine my biggest passions, travelling alone and drawing, in a personal project. The best thing about it was the feedback from people who could relate to that and people who got inspired to start travelling alone as well. However I like to think that my biggest achievement has yet to come.

What do you think it is about your work that connects with people?

I usually don’t think too much about it, I prefer to be driven by feelings and to draw anything that crosses my mind. People who feel the same way will understand, but the best thing about illustration is that everybody can give their own interpretation.

What is an important lesson you have learned as an artist?

The most important thing that I’ve learned is definitely that I have to respect my job first if I want the others to do the same.

What message would you like to communicate through your work?

I always try to represent feelings or emotions and with that I’d like people to feel less lonely, to connect to each other. We’re all different but, at the same time, all the same, and others have been there too.

Illustrator and graphic designer Martina Francone shares a selection of her works and thoughts on unity.

Italy born artist Martina Francone currently resides in Denmark, studying multimedia design.

On her CV or resume she describes herself as a designer, pizza lover, an unstoppable wanderer, illustrator, and independent person with a creative mind.

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