Thursday, April 10, 2008

Featured Artist #1: La Maga.

I discovered the Etsy shop LaMaga by Favorites hopping and it immediately brightened my day. I have made two purchases on Etsy, Red Horses and Boneshaker. Both are original ink drawings by Raquel. I am drawn to her illustrations. I can't help it. They just make me extremely happy. She is an incredibly talented artist from Spain and has agreed to comply with my requests for answering a couple of questions.

What do I do best? Fall and spill liquids on myself and others.

What does Raquel do best? Art.

+What got you started in the whole art scene?

Well, I've been drawing since I could remember, but I started in a more serious way on 2005-2006, when my boyfriend gave me new watercolors, inks and a lot of art supplies as a birthday gift. I begin to draw several hours every day since then, and eventually I got better and I began to feel better drawing too.

+What inspires you to create such pieces of art?

Mostly, other people's work. I search a lot on the Internet and I watch a lot of art, design and photography books to inspire myself. I love to read too: Chejov, Gorey, Carroll, Cortazar, etc. I found great ideas on the books. Also, nature is a great source of inspiration for me: the forests, trees, animals...

+How did you think up your shop name?

La Maga is my favourite book character ever. She appears on "Rayuela", a book by Cortazar which everybody should read at least once in life (seriously, no exceptions ;))

+What bands do you rather enjoy?

I listen mostly to oldies from the 20's, 30's, 40's... Billie Holiday is my favourite singer ever, I just love her! :) I also love Bessie Smith, Bix beiderbecke, Sonny Boy Williamson II, etc. And about actual music I like Regina Spektor, Beirut, Iron&Wine, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Clem Snide and a lot more!

+If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

I think I would like to fly. Is the eternal dream of the human being. I dreamt so much of flying when I was a little girl! I would fly over the cities and the houses I know, and I even could carry people who like to try my super power. hehe Of course I would wear a beautiful cape and a beautiful super woman costume! :)

Thanks Raquel! You are wonderfully great. Take a look-see at her cute little shop:
LaMaga filled with her amazing work.


Octavine Illustration said...

what a beautiful feature. her art has such a wonderful innocence to it. and we share similar taste in music (i love beirut right now).

your art is so fun and creative. i love the juxtaposition of your figures on newsprint. so glad i found you!~ (oh, and you and i also share similar music interests, i.e. clap your hands say yeah, their music just makes me dance.)

Christopher And Tia said...

such great artowork! I'm headed over to the shop to look at more now :)

xx Tia

Art Kitten said...

Great interview! I love the wolf eating the little person!

Oh and I also LOVE Clap your hands say yeah! They are one of my favorites, they remind me of the Violent Femmes.

Raquel said...

Thank you sooo much Evalynn!! You're such a sweetie! :)


Thanks for finding and sharing, good stuff!

Waterrose said...

Margins..wonderful! Thanks for bringing this lovely artist some attention. I took a peek at her shop and it is awesome!

Hope you are having a fantabulous week!

femputer said...

I'm so drawn to LaMaga's work!