One of the most incredible things in our human existence is how we allow ourselves to express emotions. While many people are bound to limit their feelings and their manifestation to the material world, others thrive on letting their minds and bodies freely roam time and space, like music artist and illustrator, Eva Redamonti. We were able to contact her and talk about her art. It is undoubtedly fascinating how she takes the “time-based” art of music and creates a “space-based” art of drawing.
She started drawing around the age of 4, and ever since then, it became an extension of her; just like music did some years after. Since then, both disciplines have been walking around hand by hand, accompanying Eva through her thoughts and experiences. In her own words, she uses “fantasy and imagination…” to combine “movement, structure, symmetry, and detail…” and “obscure the lines between cosmic fantasy and reality.”
Born and raised in Connecticut, she went to Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated with a BM in Music Composition. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as an artist and musician.
Here is what she shared with us:
How would you define your illustrations?
I would define my illustrations to be collages of several ideas combined into one. Often this is seen as chaotic or “trippy.” But to me, it’s just another form of communication.
What is your process?
I draw with pen paper, then color the art on a computer.
First I collect a ton of photographs that I want to use together, to convey my message. I lay them out in my iPad (using an app called Procreate), and layer one on top of the other, moving them around/distorting them/cutting them up. Then I’ll start drawing that, or parts of it that I’m sure I want to use. Usually, this is the longest process. Then I eventually have some solid foundation of imagery – at which I stop looking at any reference and change things based on what the composition needs, by just looking at it. Lots of loose/organic lines or doubling of ideas, deciding foreground vs. background, taking an idea and exaggerating it. Once I finish the drawing, I scan it into Photoshop and use a Wacom Intuos Tablet and pencil to color the whole thing in Photoshop.
Any special techniques?
Not really! Mostly drawing.
How do you start with a new piece? Do you have a theme in mind/start drawing freely?
I usually have a theme based on lyrics in some music I’m listening to, a concept that I think is interesting, or that someone else gave to me. Or even just an emotion. Sometimes there’s no theme at all.
Any special hardware/software or apps that you love?
How do you promote/sell your works?
I sell prints of my artwork in my shop on my website. I make custom prints of basically anything that’s not in my shop upon request. I try to participate in as many local art fairs/illustration fairs as possible and sell my work in person.
You’re a musician, do you see any of your musical experience reflected in your illustrations?
Absolutely. Music is a massive influence in my artwork, and heavily influences the mood of the piece. I can’t really create a piece of artwork without having some music on. I feel weird. Studying music has definitely helped me learn to see composition even more, visually, by having to find it sonically. I think that finding form in music is so difficult; I always struggled with putting my music into sections. However, over time, I learned how much attentiveness and sensitivity you have to have in realizing form. It feels similar when thinking about the composition of a piece of artwork. I also want my artwork to evoke similar emotions as I have when I’m listening to my favorite music. That’s the goal, at least.
How has your experience been working with musicians for an album or single artwork?
It’s been really great. That is one of my aspirations in life, to continue to work in the music industry as a visual artist and musician. The only downside is there’s less money in this industry, but I think by having my foot in different forms of income and various industries, it’s worth it. It’s fascinating.
Why did you move to NYC?
New York City has so much more happening artistically than many other places. I was coming from Boston, MA – which is also really thriving culturally – but I felt like I was reaching a lower audience level there than I am now. I’m also being pushed so much harder here and will experience more of a challenge, which is always good when you’re trying to grow.
What are your short-medium term plans?
My short term plans are to participate in more art shows, learn more about traditional painting, and connect with more visual artists and musicians in my area. As I work remotely, I really could use some more friends in my field. Slowly but surely!