The illustrations of Mattias Adolfsson aka MattiasA hum with imagination — the characters emerge from the page like they’re prancing out of a fully formed make believe world. This Fresh Shops brings original watercolors on paper to the Etsy Art Category. Below, you can see a work in progress:
Mattias gets inspiration from the landscape of his father’s birthplace: a small island on the west coast of Sweden called Stora Kornö. Nature seems to be his imagination’s elixir, as he “and my wife start the day with an hour long walk in the woods with our dog. It’s a great start to the day and starts the brain thinking on new pieces. I also find that running is a great way of getting new ideas, there is something to the fact that you are moving that gets the creative juices going.”
Mattias has also been a fan of Tove Janson (of Moomin fame) and Herge (the Belgian creator of Tintin) since he was young. “As a child my parents used to take me and my twin sisters to a lot of exhibitions and museums that played a big part as well in influencing me.”
Mattias has been making art his whole life, but only in the past two years has he been doing his own work fulltime. Spending time with his family — his wife, two daughters and a terrier too — is a great part of his life.
When I asked him what he likes about selling on Etsy, he told me he likes “the fact that you get feedback directly and that you can see who hearts our shop.”
You can find out more about Mattias’ creative process on his blog: http://mattiasa.blogspot.com
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