Boston-based artist and illustrator Eva Redamonti creates art that gets more mind-blowing the closer you get to it.
Using primarily pen and ink, she makes whimsical detailed drawings that merge reality with fantasy. Her sketches often depict scenes taken from everyday life, but made more exciting with surreal elements inspired by nature, technology, and abstraction.
But the subject matter isn’t the best thing about her style. It’s her composition.
Redamonti’s works are so complex that each one requires you to spend a bit of time to admire the details. From afar, a composition appears as one monochromatic piece, but get closer and you’ll notice it has hundreds of smaller parts that make up the bigger picture.
It’s easy to get lost in her illustrations – and we’re not complaining!
We interviewed Redamonti recently to find more about her and her work.
“Yeah, I do work pretty detailed. I’m trying to shift into working less detailed, actually. I noticed over time I began to think more and more three-dimensionally, even though I’m working in a two-dimensional medium. Such as, ‘I wonder what’ll happen if I wrap this branch behind this window’.
“Even though the work is really detailed, this three-dimensional aspect keeps me on my toes about making sure each line or shadow is completely woven into the entire drawing, making it look very realistic – even if it’s not. Other than that, I rely on symmetry a lot. I listen to a lot of music while drawing.”
“She didn’t really teach me how to draw – I just watched her work a lot as a kid. She definitely taught me a lot about proportion and composition, but always let me do my own thing. She’s an impressionist painter working in watercolor and acrylic. Our styles aren’t too similar, but what I think we share a similar love for movement in our art.
“Other than that, I doodled. A lot. I’d play games with myself: drawing random shapes and turn them into objects, sit on the bus and try to imagine everything I saw passing by to levitate, shine, break, and move in different positions along with the music I was listening to. Daydreaming and doodling are never a waste of time, in my opinion.”
“I grew up playing flute since age 10. I went to Berklee College of Music and studied Music Composition. I think learning about form and composition in music really helped my growth as a visual artist.
“Creating a piece of music was always much harder for me because there’s a lot less control. It felt like pulling something out of thin air. The music I listen to when I’m making art is a lot different, though. I usually like to work with ambient electronic music. It’s relaxing and I can kind of zone out.”
“Art-wise, I think it’s pretty cool. There’s the SOWA galleries in the South End, there’s some pretty cool art fairs that happen annually. But I’m in the midst of transitioning out of Boston since I’ve graduated, to somewhere more suitable for the art I make.”
“Lately, I’ve been really into this illustrator named Patrycja Podkescielny. Her work has a beautiful, eerie quality to it. There’s also James Jean, and Audra Auclair. Music-wise, lately, I’ve been digging Yppah, Lusine, and Disasterpiece.”