We would like to introduce Matías, a budding talent from Argentina, also known as Lemon Submarine.
Matías G. Martínez was born in a small town outside the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina called J. J. Paso. At age 7, he and his family moved to Santa Rosa, the Capital of La Pampa, another Argentine Province.
Early on, and all throughout his high school education, he proved to have a certain tendency towards visual arts and graphic design. That is why, at age 17, he chose to major in “Design and Communication of Visual Arts” at La Plata’s National University. A feeling of insatiability overcame Matías at the age of 20 and he decided to branch out and explore the world of illustration, a passion he had not come to know he had until that age, but that he had been exploring since a very young age.
As an artist, he possesses two marked styles: on one hand, he specializes in classic illustrations which are hand-made with graphite, with a tendency of overloaded details and rich textures; and on the other hand, he does digital illustrations mainly oriented towards caricatures of distinguished people.
At age 22, with a head full of ideas, and after creating his new identity as a designer called “Lemonsubmarine”, Matías works from his apartment in La Plata, eagerly awaiting his future.
And here’s the interview. The first question is from the artist Ewen Gur
EG: What’s your secret to keep a cool head in those slack periods that every artist knows?
M.G.M: Usually my head is filled with ideas just waiting to be carried out. Since my projects require an enormous amount of detailing that take up a lot of my time, I tend to accumulate ideas during that process, so as soon as I finish one project, I start working on the one I came up with during the time it took to finish the previous one, and so on and so forth.
GUSMEN: What’s the first thing that you do when you get up in the morning?
M.G.M: The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is to go on-line and check my website and the rest of my social network pages while I have a cup of coffee or “mate”, which is a very common beverage in Argentina.
GUSMEN: What’s the last thing that really surprised you?
M.G.M: I don’t recall, actually. I am not an easily surprised person.
GUSMEN: What are you focusing on at the moment?
M.G.M: I am currently focusing on enjoying my summer vacations with my family and friends, whom I don’t get to see very often during the school period. I am also trying to perfect my art work as much as possible.
GUSMEN: What do you want to achieve in the future?
M.G.M: First and foremost, I want to finish my major in “Design and Communication of Visual Arts” at La Plata’s National University so that I can run my own design and illustration studio someday, and make a living out of it.
GUSMEN: What would you ask the next artist that we interview (without knowing who it will be)?
M.G.M: Which artist influenced you the most?