Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in El Salvador until I was 19, then I moved to New York and the city became my creative playground and it has nurtured my imagination and creative vision. For a few years I worked as the Creative Director for a very important company in the Garment District where I gained experience in the Fashion, Interior Design and Bridal industries. For the last two years I have worked independently, and that allows me to be more selective with the clients and projects I take and gives me more creative freedom and more importantly, time to create art.
Walk us through the process of creating a drawing. Do you have an image that guides you or is is strictly from your imagination? I’m always drawing or making something, its almost like I can’t shut down my hands and brain (that also explains my website/Instagram name “miltytasking”). I doodle all the time but to create a “final” piece I am very selective. I think part of that is that I’m extremely detail oriented and, to a certain degree, a perfectionist. Sometimes I sketch something, and if it works for one of my current series I take a photograph for reference, then modify it according to what the original idea is.
There are times when I would see a photo of someone with an overall beauty that I just simply want to translate into one of my illustrations. That was the case of the first of my wood portraits “Anna”. Anna is a food blogger and I ran across her Instagram account, I saw a picture of her with a big scarf and a bun, and immediately wanted to draw it. I contacted her to tell her I wanted to illustrate something inspired by her and it turned out to be one of my favorite pieces.
What is the meaning behind your “Dream” drawing? “Dream” was the third of my hair studies series. These studies showcase different personalities and emotions that are represented by hair illustrations that can portrait anything from a fantasy flower crown to a shy girl trapped in a nightmare.
When I was planning the third illustration I wanted to represent the “scape from chaos” and just as my “Anna” illustration, I ran across this photo of a big messy bun and thought that it was perfect for it.
NYC is filled with so much fashion inspiration. Tell us how fashion has influenced your art. New York is full of people from many different cultures and so many fashion styles, which make them beautiful in their own way. I love watching people, I love watching the way they dress. You can see three different people wearing the same clothes and it can look completely unique for each of them. New York is flooded with creative individuals, you can see all these people who make their own clothes and accessories and make the streets their runway. Also, walking by all the storefronts can be really inspiring, window displays can be extremely intricate and a work of art on their own. And of course we have the best fashion exhibits such as Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” at the Met and currently “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier” at the Brooklyn Museum which are exciting and inspirational.
Website and Photos: www.miltytasking.com Interview: Kathleen Cerrer