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DA Starters 280 - DanieleMattei

Journal Entry: Sat May 18, 2019, 6:00 AM

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Donna 02 by DanieleMattei

Hi! Please introduce yourself?

Hi, I am Daniele Mattei, an artist from Italy.
I love art very much, I love drawing in pencil and other media like ink, biro, coloured pencils, felt tip pens, and I love painting, mainly with watercolors.
I started out enjoying comics; European comics, some superhero ones like Marvel comics and more so that's what led me to draw a lot in my spare time.
Later, I also studied some fine art in Fine art academy here in Italy. There I took some more interest in painting although I am mostly a graphic focused artist.
Now, I mainly produce dark and horror art, but I also do other kinds of art: drawings and paintings involving abstractism, surreal things and comic book style art done with ink and/or felt tip pens.
I do art in various styles and this may be confusing, but I don't like doing the same thing and style over and over and over again because I find this boring.

What are your interests?

My interests are art, creating art, comics and I also enjoy movies very much. Enjoy life too !

How did you find Deviantart and how did you decide on your username?

I saw some post in Facebook from an artist talking about deviant art so I went and looked at what DA is all about.
I found it interesting as a place to share my art and get in contact with fellow artists. My username is my real name for now.

Child by DanieleMattei

How would you describe your art style?

My art style goes into different directions, actually: one is dark art with horror creatures or quite surreal works and the other main direction I have now is abstract art. Sometimes, I try to mix both in the same art piece!! Hope it works !

Could you tell us a bit about how you got involved with art and if you have any goals as an artist?

As I said earlier it all started with comics, and also watching some anime on TV at a very young age. Then I kept on drawing in my spare time. Originally, I wanted to become an accomplished comic book artist in European style and also made some for italian fanzines. But afterwards my interest for traditional art got bigger so I became more interested in doing some art pieces with single characters or scenes and some paintings too especially with watercolor.
My goals are to keep improving as an artist and sell some more of my art one day !

Abstract concept by DanieleMattei

Please introduce one or more source(s) of inspiration and motivation (artists, works…) for you.

I like a lot of comic book artists such as Jean Giraud Moebius, Druillet, Geoff Darrow, Francois Boucq, Go Nagai, Nihei Tsutomu, Eleuteri Serpieri, and I like painters like: Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Rembrandt, Picasso, H.R.Giger, Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti, Egon Schiele, Giorgio De Chirico, Juan Mirò, Kandinskij, Paul Klee. Antonello Da Messina, Jan Van Eyck...

We love Fun Facts. Do you have any for us?

Fun fact : I live in Italy, a place with the overall shape of a giant boot !!
I always found this funny ahaha

Fukushima by DanieleMattei

What is your least favorite thing to draw and why?

Least favorite thing for me to draw is architectural stuff ! You do have to do a lot of perspective, deal with rulers most times and it can be really boring ! It's boring even if you do it using software like photoshop or other. Hahaha, I like  drawing figures more, be it surreal or realistic...

Do you have any skills you are famous/popular for?

I am not popular, butI  think my main skill is being creative and having some kind of (maybe weird) imagination !

Double demon by DanieleMattei

Are there any skills you would kill for?

The skill I would kill for...would be to always draw perfectly when I want to, whatever the subject, so there is no need to fix any errors ! So, more free time for me, ahah!

Does your direct environment (family, friends etc.) know about your artistic side?

Yeah, of course ! Family and friends know about my art.
It's not a secret !

What inspires you usualy?

Inspirations for me come from everywhere... I could watch TV to get inspired or I could walk outside by the sea, see some pics on the web and have an idea, I could think about a character or creature, or about a theme I want to communicate to people and sometimes this produces images... I try not to think too much about something specific when doing art because art for me is freedom ! Sometimes while drawing or painting surprises come as well !

Catman by DanieleMattei

Would you like to introduce us to one or two idols you have meet on DA?

Since I am new to DA I have yet to explore DA extensively to find an idol ! Surely there are huge artists even here, so once I know better, I'll be able to reply.

What do you enjoy drawing the most and why?

I enjoy drawing people, characters; I like the human figure, basically. When I go surreal and create monsters or surreal figures in a bit it all is based on the human form...

Thank you very much for the interview! Is there anything you’d like to say as we close up?

I don't know what to say ! I hope people can enjoy some of my art and comment or critique. I can also learn from others and enjoy creating !
Also, ciao from sunny boot shaped Italy !

Donna 03 by DanieleMattei

Thank you for your time!
I hope you have a lot of fun here!


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