I am Sonia Menti, I live in Athens Greece and I am working as an illustrator for several years... I had previously worked with fashion magazines mainly, books and advertising agencies... now I'm interested in print art.
The tools that I use to express my creativity is luxury and pretty little things in everyday life such as a yummi sweet, fashion, beauty, soft colors and things that make me feel relaxed... those are the ones that usually try to express in a piece of paper.
My motivation is my need to express my feelings and the images that I have created in my mind. Though I am a fashion illustrator my inspiration doesn't come necessarily from the fashion world but also from music and movies that I love. Mostly from old movies of the sixties and the seventies such as Sweet Charity, Valley of the Dolls, Cambaret etc. My favorite is Blow Up of Antonioni in which participates the super model of the 60s Veruschka Von Lehndorff with her big tufted hair and Jane Birkin the carefree girl. The style of women of the 60s and 70s is the one that inspires me and that I consider as the apotheosis of style.
After I have created a simple image in my mind I draw it in a piece of paper using ink and I give life by adding bows, sweets or maybe a teapot.... my target is to create a scene of a movie, a snapshot of life. Then I scan it on the computer and color it without any other particular process.
No one can have inspiration everyday... it is not something you can schedule, it comes naturally and unexpectedly. That is why I keep up with fashion and art world. I try to create pictures by watching movies and reading books. This is the best part when you work by yourself without deadlines. You are more relaxed and you create whenever you feel ready for it.
I do not have a specific project that I love most. This usually depends from my mood. I try to enjoy the process of creativity whatever the project is.
I live in a country that struggles with economic crisis for the past few years. Most of the advertising and publishing companies are shut down or try to survive with low budget. That of course is a worldwide phenomenon... As a result of the above I decided to turn to print art and the truth is I like it most.
I admire many artists such as René Gruau and Antonio Lopez. I get inspired by their elegance, which I try to embody to my drawings.
I can not personally remember facing prejudice in my work but definitely as a woman in the world of art you have to try more than a man and this is actually something that applies to all professions.
The things that make me happy are little pleasures of life. A good movie, nice music, good friends... and a nice glass of wine!
The tips that I can give to other illustrators are that they have to love very much what they do and try to find their own personal style. This is the most important for me even more than a good technique. You have to be confident for your signature, without copy anyone.
I have a lot of things in my mind that I want to do in the future beyond print art because I want constantly to improve myself. I want to see my illustrations on a tote and clutch bags, t-shirts and that is what I am working on right now.