Amber Vittoria is an illustrator living and working in New York City. Really I should be posting this on a Wednesday – because WOAH can we talk about a serious WOMAN CRUSH? But also just a woman who is CRUSHING it – her illustrations have been featured in It’s Nice That, Man Repeller, and Teen Vogue. Thanks to Amber for sharing your beautiful work with Command Zine and taking the time for this interview!
(AB) Ok so this first question is more of a clarification – these are all digitally rendered, right? They are so painterly! You seem to move effortlessly between fine art and design. Do you see distinctions between the two?
(AV) That is correct! I block the color in a rudimentary way, print on an older laser-jet printer (which yields the beautiful screen-print effect), and add the linework using colored brush pens. In regards to fine art vs. design, I try my damnedest to not categorize myself; at times I’ll catch my mind attempting to organize and define the work I’ve been making, but try to focus predominantly on making.
(AB): Oh I would have never have guessed that! What lead you to this process? Now that I’m looking more closely at #RexythecoachDino I can see a grid forming in the pink background from the printer – It reminds me of one of Agnes Martin’s meticulously worked grid paintings. I could imagine that there’s an element of unpredictability created through the printer – do you find yourself responding to these *accidents* when you add the line work?
(AV): Playing with different paint pens, brush pens, etc. and wanting a flat color lead me to achieve the flat color ideal digitally. Experimenting with different printers allows for these unpredictabilities, which is incredibly fun to field once I apply the line-work.
(AB) Your subjects are simultaneously serious and lighthearted. Who are these women? How does humor play into your work?
(AV) Majority of the inspiration pulls from women I know, women I see on the subway, on the bus, in line for lunch, online, etc. Because of this, the natural balance of humor and pointedness finds its way into my work.
(AB) Can you talk about your color pallet?
(AV) Piggy-backing off my last answer, the color is what brings the lighthearted, whimsical element to my serious-focused pieces. It welcomes the viewer to come closer to the serious subject and not fear staying awhile.
Teen Vogue College Series
(AB) Do you do anything to get you in your groove while in the studio? Snacks? Music? Karaoke?
(AV) I’ve found talking to others while working is incredible; it inhibits me from over-thinking.
(AB): Wow – interacting with people in the studio? Truly breaks the stereotype of the isolated and tortured artist – I’m into it! If you could chat with anyone in your studio (dead or alive) who would it be?
(AV): I would say my grandfather; he passed two years before I was born. I’ve been told I’m similar to him, and it would be lovely to meet.
All New Very Sexy Bra
Check out more of her work at her website and instagram!