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Annya Marttinen Illustration

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Annya Karina Marttinen
Southern Ontario, Canada
Illustrator & designer

Have you always been creative and what’s the earliest work you can remember creating?

I would say that I have been truly creative for as long as I can remember. I have always juggled many hobbies so my time growing up and still to this day is never idle. The earliest painting I can remember creating is a rabbit using watercolour and the joy of creating and praise I received from that painting started a passion for drawing and painting that has lasted my whole life.

What's your studio like and how do you keep organised?

My studio is the best place on earth to me. I have a lot of plants in my studio and endless art supplies in almost every medium. I have this desk I recently found made of wood with the dividers and two drawers and it has been a game changer! I always have a ton of different projects at once so there are often 2 computers on my desk and two carts filled with shop supplies and a scanner. My printer and printing supplies also have their own home in a wooden cabinet that perfects matches my desk. I have a lot of items and not a ton of room so I keep organized by having a specific drawer for one thing and a cart for another. Basically it’s just about buying gorgeous furniture with a lot of storage and making sacrifices with the rest of my home to make sure that my studio is the centre of attention.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I find my best inspiration in books, history, children's literature, folk lore and fantasy. I am constantly searching for knowledge and new ideas through podcasts and documentaries. I am also big on video games so some of my inspiration comes from this as well!

Whats in your pencil case / camera bag?

In my pencil case I like to keep a selection of earthy toned coloured pencils, prismacolor col-erase erasable coloured pencils in terra cotta and green, Copic multi-liner in sepia, and comic markers!

Any tips for someone suffering from creative block?

I feel bad for admitting this but… I have never experienced a creative block! I suppose this is from the amount of ideas that I keep. It’s hard for me to choose the best idea but I never run out of ideas because I have a constant list of paintings I want to make that I add to whenever I have an moment to dream. My best advice to someone who is suffering from a creative block is to give yourself some time to pencil in ‘white space’. White space is a time to shut off everything that is occupying your attention and just chill out, connect to nature or meditate. Then once you are done take some time to dream and restore your mind to find your unique vision or voice.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I do so many crafty things! I love making things for my home such as macrame plant hangers, hanging chairs and curtains. A quarter of home right nowConsists of craft projects I found online. My hobbies include knitting, cooking, baking, reading, yoga, hiking, embroidery, gaming, and most important of all, reading! My hobbies are my life and I find it hard to want to leave the house when I have SO many things I can do and create. I often feel like my life is exactly like the song “when will me life begin?” from the movie Tangled. Only half kidding!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Doctor Who
The Paper Kites
Never Let Me Go
Magazine / Book
Rebecca by daphne du Maurier
Beatrix Potter
Tool or Product You Couldn't Live Without
Moleskine sketchbook