Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Martinez.
Bryan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been drawing all of my life and, in the past ten years or so, found my style. I started out with graphic design doing most of my work on the computer and began to find myself feeling restricted by what I was able to execute through programs like photoshop and illustrator. I also grew to feel less excited with my finished works completed by the software. That is when I decided to ditch the computer and do everything by hand.
Since then, I have been creating detailed geometric pointillism drawings with pen and the finished result to me is much more satisfying. It takes me weeks and even months to complete my drawings and I hang them on the wall knowing that it was created 100% by me without the assistance of a computer. This may sound pretentious, but it is my reality.
Inspired by 80s era simple shapes like triangles, circles and squiggles, I take those elements and overlay textures found in nature, like the patterns on a stingray from the amazon rainforest or craters of the moon, to create a sort of “futuristic” 80s aesthetic.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. For a long time, I struggled with finding my own unique style. I would see artists online and think to myself self “I want to draw like that” and I would mimic their ideas. This was never fulfilling for me and I always felt like I was cheating myself. It took me a few years to finally come up with a concept and style that I have not seen anywhere else, which I think is a struggle for many artists. I have yet to be scrolling on Instagram and see someone creating art which looks like mine.
Finding my own style was a struggle and evolving is a continuous puzzle as well. I don’t want to get stuck doing the same thing over and over again, so when I get bored of what I’m doing, then I will adapt and try something new.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Right now, I am creating art and selling it directly through Instagram (@hotdisco83). This has been great for me because it’s no strings attached and I can do what I want creatively. One day it’s a geometric drawing and the next day its a baseball bat covered in disco ball tiles. Down the line, I hope to do larger gallery shows and get people directly in front of my art, because it’s more impressive to see in person rather than through a compressed Instagram.jpg.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think anywhere you are is a good place to start doing art. If you restrict yourself based off of what city you live in, you probably are not doing much creating in the first place. The best place to start is where you are right now, and let your work bring you to where you are meant to be. Trust the process or something like that.
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- Instagram: @Hotdisco83