January 24th, 2019
There is a dark, cute and sexy vibe to the phenomenal work by Fabian Martinez. With a style that is incredibly unique, even when recreating pop characters, you can instantly recognize Fabien's work. The blend of innocence and sexy in the work is enticing as it pulls you in and lets you laugh and enjoy the art you see. It’s great work that's just fun and made to be enjoyed.
Where are you from?
I'm from Juarez, Mexico
How did you get started on your artistic journey?
Been drawing all my life. But at some point i got this long empty period of "artist block" where i didn't draw a thing like for a few years. Maybe if i haven't stop back then, i would draw very, very good today.
What inspires your work?
Am i too basic if i say "Girls"? Mostly! But i get inspired from everything, people, watching people. Sometimes when i don't have a pencil on me, i still look at people and imagine how i would draw them, where would i start, what would be the basic lines and shapes. Oh, and of course movies, comic books, work from other artists.
Your work is incredibly distinct. Even when based on pop culture characters your distinct style stands out. How did you create that style?
I think i was first influenced by manga, but this was before the internet, then the internet came and suddenly everyone was drawing and talking manga and anime so i got tired of it and i tried to stay away from it, i stop watching anything anime related. I revived my love again for European artists, and even if i didn't tried to copy nothing from them, in some form i think they affected the way i draw.
What do you want people to experience when they see your work?
I want them to visit their morbid side for a little (some of them don't even know they have one), to feel a little weird about it but still want to keep looking at it.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
My current job, as a graphic designer. i'm bored of it.
Why do you predominantly make art about women?
I get inspired by them, but more than their anatomy it is the way they act or react towards different kinds of situations. Problems, accomplishments, the everyday life through their eyes is so interesting, they are amazing and complex, what's not to love about them and get inspired by?
Your skill at drawing adorable cats is unparalleled. How do you see their innocence when they knock over everything?
They're not innocent, but because they are aware of their cuteness they know they can get away with everything. They must be stopped.
If you had a time machine, where would you go and what would you do?
Back to college, give myself a "Fix this!! NOW!!" list.
How would you describe your art?
Intimate weird and kinky
What does your artwork say about you?
That i'm not afraid to express what i like, i guess. (Like in the messy room illustration, you can see that i like Doritos and pizza). But also, that i am respectful. i may portray certain sex themes in my work but i never objectify my characters.
What’s your process for a piece from start to finish. How long does this process on average take?
Process is simple, quick rough sketch in fine line on paper; i always work first on paper. After that, if the concept for the drawing is just pencil, i continue drawing but with a harder pencil. But if it's going to be digital, i still trace first on paper then go to scan and ink in Manga Studio and color in Photoshop. I first imagine the scene in my head before drawing it to get it right the first time, but sometimes i need to sketch 2 options. Pencil drawings can take from 30 minutes to one or two hours. Color pieces from 2 to 5 or 6 hours.
What’s the most memorable thing someone has said about your work?
I get a lot of compliments about my work, memorable words like "I admire your art because it is so free and unafraid". But there are also the memorable judgmental comments (when coming from someone close). Kind of like, "Is that all you can think about?" I can take criticism, but i hate judgmental comments because obviously they are not paying attention to the rest of my work, but i have learned to ignore those kind of words.
No Strings Attached was the first piece of yours I saw and was completely enamoured. Where did you come up with the idea for that specific piece?
I saw a photo of someone accidentally showing the tampon string, so I wanted to include that in an illustration but in a cute way... so, that damn cat.
Do you sell your originals? Where can we buy prints or your sketch books? Also, will there be another sketchbook?
I usually don't sell the originals, not because i don't want to, but because i don't offer them, but for people interested, most of them are available. I will make available prints soon, and a new sketchbook is coming by the end of this year.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-Os?
Not a cookie person, i prefer salty stuff like Doritos or Wise Cheez Doodles, but if tortured, i would go with Oreos.