Amanda Mocci is a graphic designer and artist based in Montreal, specialising in book and magazine design, branding, typography, editorial illustration, and portraiture.

We asked Amanda to share some of her ideas and influences, as well as some of her beautiful artwork.

 Why do your clients/customers choose you?

I really try and bring out the emotion of every single portrait I draw or paint. The eyes need to be alive, which is the first thing I start with when working on a piece.

Who or what is your biggest influence and why?

I’m heavily influenced by the neo-classical movement and the emotion that is portrayed in every piece. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ attention to detail has taught me a lot about portraits and the importance of the subject’s regard.

What's the first thing you do when you start a project?

I like to write down words and/or phrases that come to mind. I’m not a big sketcher, I tend to see my idea in words over small thumbnails.

What are your favourite creative tools/software and what do they bring to your work?

I like to mix traditional mediums like pencils and oil with flat applications of gouache. My graphic design background has influenced me to add these sort of treatments to my work.

What's the one thing you couldn't live without as an artist?

My pencils and tea.

What music do you like to work to (and why)?

Classical music or Radiohead. Lately I’ve been listening to the Skyrim soundtrack while painting, which is pretty beautiful (like the game). If classical music is playing it usually needs to be sad because that’s the only way I’ll be inspired to paint or draw. Happy music will show in my work and it’s never really a good thing. Radiohead has been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and they just seem to get everything right. Their music and lyrics are one of the biggest reasons why I began drawing.

Where would you like to take your style in the future?

I’m trying to be more loose in my work and atmospheric. I think leaving some pieces undone is my next challenge, or maybe throwing some paint or charcoal on an almost finished piece.

Where can we see your work ?

The best places to keep up with my work are on my website and Behance. I also post a lot of process on my blog every week or so.

Hiding Place

30”x40”

Oil on canvas