MALIKA FAVRE

ILLUSTRATOR + FRENCH FEMINIST

Three words that describe you?

Bubbly, Colorful, Intense.

You've mentioned you've been drawing since you were a child. What's your first artistic memory?

Drawing alongside my mum in the living room when I was 4. She was such a great painter and I remember the admiration I felt when I saw her draw.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?

My family were my biggest influence. They were very unique in their own way: my grandmother and her blue miniskirts; my grandpa driving to the bakery in pajamas; my eccentric uncles and aunties and their old 2CV, taking my brother and I to watch old Cary Grant films. They taught me to believe in myself, to follow my own path and to break the rules when needed.

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

I never really wanted to become an artist but I kept drawing nevertheless, thinking of it as a hobby rather than a career path. In my early 20s, after taking some painful science studies, I realized it was time to give Art a shot and decided to go to art school. My family would tell you that they always knew I would end up becoming an artist. The only skeptic was me.

Why do you create? What's your message?

Creating is something that I have to do to feel happy, fulfilled and at peace. I would be miserable without it. I am not sure why I do it and what I want to say. All I know is that art is an extension of the way I see the world and look at objects, situations and colors. I love seeing beauty in the everyday and try to convey that in my work.

What would you be if you weren't an artist?

An accountant? A tax adviser? An agent maybe? I like playing with numbers and filing in tax returns (weird, I know...)

Why digital art as your medium?

It just happened. Before touching a computer I was of course drawing on paper for years. But vectors and Bezier curves allowed me to approach illustration in a totally different way, a cleaner, more perfect way, allowing me to reduce lines and colors to their bare minimum. I started my career with that specific style and spent years perfecting it. It is not set in stone though and digital is only a tool in the end.

What's the first step in your creative process?

Looking at images and doing research, whether I am exploring a real place or going online, I need to feed off images before drawing anything. It is a way to nurture my brain and get in the mood.

What's your favorite pice you've made?

The "Orb" from the Kama Sutra series. It is a stand alone piece and feels so balanced and pure, soft but strong and reminds me of a seal. It is the only letter I framed for myself. 

How do you get inspired?

I travel, I live, meet people and see places. For me this is the only way.

Do you listen to music when you work? What kind?

I work in silence. I know it might seem off but it distracts me too much when drawing. I love music outside of work though... All sorts of genres as long as it's good and of course some guilty pleasures that I will keep to myself!

Your dream project?

The New Yorker cover was my dream project and I can now cross it off my bucket list. It was my ultimate goal so I am running out of ideas now :) I need to write a new list for the next couple years.

Are there any causes you are passionate about?

Women. Equal pay, equal consideration. I kept my head in the sand for years about these issues as I never suffered from gender discrimination but it is something that now makes me scream inside.

What is success for you?

Being free to do what you want when you want it without guilt or outside pressure. That applies to traveling, saying no to projects you don't want to do, going to a great restaurant or buying a beautiful piece of art.

Your fantasized collaboration (anyone dead or alive)?

Doing a silk carre with Hermes.

This artist is based in London, UK.For more info: malikafavre.com

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