Dylan

Martorell

My name is Dylan Martorell. I’m most known for finely-detailed and fanciful imagery.

I make intricate and fantastical illustrations for all sorts of applications: everything from kids’ books and pillow cases, to ad campaigns and carpets.

I think of myself as a multidisciplinary artist and musician who was put on this planet to commune with nature, create temporal zones of ecstatic contemplation, and demystify the art-making process through communal interactivity. I’m a strong advocate for community engagement and I fully believe in the use of art as an integral tool of education, which can promote issues such as sustainability and mental health (among others) in a way that is non-didactic and performative.

The key to keeping excited is to be part of a community that is larger than yourself, outside of an endless stream of deadlines, and to take regular escapes to ‘defrag’.

My work is all about a meeting of the natural world and the world of the imagination. I grew up in Scotland, where I lived by a large park that was backed by the village dump! It was here that I developed a love of garbage and nature that has followed me to this day.

The highlight of my week is escaping to my off-grid bush block: kangaroos, platypus, frogs, insects, no wi-fi, and it’s so quiet!

My studio is currently in Brunswick East, close to home. It’s always in flux: sometimes it’s a recording studio, sometimes it’s a drawing studio. Lately in my personal work I’ve been using robotics to play percussion. I’ve also recently been playing around with turning plant structures into music scores, to see how this methodology changes my approach to music making.

I’ve always wanted to do the soundtrack to a film or create a kids' book with my son's stories.

While I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me making music, cooking or working in the garden.

Most of my work starts with a series of brainstorming exercises and sketches. Often the first ideas I have end up in the finished work. I try to incorporate my current obsessions, whatever they may be (fungi, Bamboo construction, and more). The final work is almost always a black fine-line drawing on paper which I often have to blow up and enhance, due to the detailed nature of the drawing.

The three things currently inspiring me the most are music, nature, and community. What interests me most about working in a variety of mediums (sound, drawing, weaving, et cetera) is how they all feed and influence one another. A plant becomes a music score becomes an architectural model becomes a building on a child’s pillowcase ...

I really loved working with Vitra on content for two of their catalogues. I’ll always remember that this was the job where I knew that I had become a professional illustrator.

Not long ago I did a series of large-scale wall drawings for Light Warrior in Cremorne. These involved quite a lot of improvisation, which is a great freedom to have when you have trusting clients. I also loved that it got me out of my studio and into the place where the drawing was going to live.

One of my favourite projects recently was creating an illustrative interpretation of a piece of classical music for the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. I have a body of work which has focused on the creation of graphic music scores, so this project was really exciting. I love the idea of combining sound and vision.

One of my all-time favourite projects was a wall-sized dymaxion map of the earth that I created for Domestic in France. This was one of the more ambitious drawings I’ve done and was made up of several separate drawings that were scanned and pieced together digitally.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.