Medusa Dollmaker recently took first place in our 'Tattoos Even A Mother Could Love' design challenge with an entry that featured a cupcake couple and the most adorable cookies we've ever seen. We tracked down Medusa and quizzed her on tattoos, Moms, creative projects, wonky chairs and dreams of inking celebrities. Here's what we discovered.
I am Medusa Dollmaker, self-taught CG and traditional illustrator, designer, art mess, mercenary and part-time gorgon. I’m from Spain. A simple, crazy girl with an absurd life. My work is my way to express myself in colors and shapes.
Yup! Two on my left arm. They mean a lot to me. The first, a snake coiling up my wrist, symbolises for me the long way to achieving wisdom and femininity. The second is an ornamented compass; I’ve lost my north so many times that now I wear it. Destiny is something we build.
I was just listening to my belly! Haha. No. I had an idea a while ago about working on something with a couple of period cupcakes in a vintage environment: Mr and Mrs Cupcake. This challenge gave me the opportunity to delve into that idea.
Well, we are both very busy at the moment, so I didn’t show it to my mom yet. But I can swear she love my tattoos. She always wanted to wear some ink on her skin!
Pencil and paper. Add some music, some tea and release the hours!
I start sketching some very rough ideas in a notebook or on a sheet of paper. When I finally choose a design I copy it on clean, quality paper, finish it in ink, scan it and fix it up in Photoshop. I have a rule for my work: I want to create things I would wear on clothing, skin or walls.
No. I was looking for a curly design that gives the feel of “closed”, increasing the impact in the chest area. All the composition, all the design items, follow an ornamented axis that is a sort of spiral (the tea). I love “closed” designs.
Getting more involved in the T-shirt world, that’s my evil plan. Actually I’m working my next art book, Miracle – it has been delayed far too long. Simultaneously I work on stuff for commissions, some other artsy things to fill my online shops and … from time to time, contests <3
It means a lot. It means evolution. It means some kind of relief in the hard times we are living. My personal situation isn’t better than any other persons, so you can guess how happy and moved I am. It means that I’m getting closer to what I want to be as a professional, even though there are still many things left to improve and learn. It means some results for years of effort.
Spending booty on cute boys and wine! Just kidding. I just want to buy some essential stuff for working and living. I’ll be saving a big part of the bucks. I want to create a cool giveaway for my followers on my FB page and buy a new chair for work. Mine crashed ridiculously, dragging my ass to the floor with a lot of pain, the same day the winners were announced. That is karma, I suppose.
“Please Mr Hiddleston, can I ink some cupcakes on you?” Hahaha.
Let’s play! Create and enjoy the process.