The work of Katia Grifols is full of life. Her colorful character designs and conceptual pieces are visually dynamic and full of personality – just like the artist herself. From visual development art to character designs and comics, there’s lots to see and love on her various social media channels. We were excited when she agreed to contribute a piece to PixArt. Check out her wonderful tribute to Merida from Brave. Read on for more about Katia in her own words and find out why she picked this fiery heroine as the subject of her painting!
Name: Katia Grifols
I currently live in… Burbank, CA
I consider my hometown to be… Barcelona, Spain
My Favorite Pixar Movie is … Finding Nemo
My Favorite Pixar character is… Merida.
Tell us about your piece:
My piece is about my favorite character from a Pixar film – Merida. She is my favorite because I was a bit of a Merida myself when I was growing up. Not only the crazy curly hair, but also how stubborn she is. I grew up with a lot of Celtic cultural influences (we have lots of that in Spain), so I read a lot of books on fairies. I always dressed in green as a little kid (being this is my favorite color). I loved horses and I really wanted to learn archery! So, when I saw the movie I thought I would love to do a piece on her as a little kid. This was my opportunity! I chose this moment because I like the magical aspect of Brave. I added some magic on the painting. I like the moment when she finds the little will-o’-the-wisps and what it will mean to her future. I had a lot of fun planning that part of the painting. I wanted to accentuate her iconic hair, a hidden bear and some magic on the fairies. The piece is done in Acrylic with some iridescent and glittery touches for effect. I had a lot of fun!
Who/What inspires you?
I find myself always going back to books I love, memories of my childhood and people around me. I think my biggest inspiration is daily life. I am also addicted to Pinterest!
Recommend something, anything to our readers:
I really recommend to think outside of the box and to look at some art not related to animation, or maybe some photography. Ludwig Bemelmans and his work on Madeline is a favorite, some comic book artists like Enrique Fernandez have wonderful characters and environments that I really admire, or sometimes traditional paintings of Vincent Van Gogh have very inspiring colors for me. But most of all… just reading books, because it invites us to imagine everything and to create our own worlds.
This is my blog that has been open since the dinosaur period and where I will eventually sell original art, like this Merida piece. Lately, I’ve found myself exploring social networks. I am trying everything.
I also have an online store where I update the art every so often. The products are always changing and feature unique pieces available for a limited amount of time to guarantee a unique image for those that purchase them. Please take a look if you’re interested.
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