With each new issue of our magazine we feature three artists in our banner space gallery. Our third and last featured artist for the Kawaii issue is the funloving, talented illustrator and artist Emmanuelle Ponty-Julia from Barcelona aka Pintatelotu. Emmanuelle made us our first animated banner ever - and we are loving it! Very kawaii, playful and fun!
Emmanuelle Ponty-Julia. Illustrator, captain and ship's boy at Pintatelotu. Lives with her mainsqueeze and two kids, (5 and 11 years old) in Barcelona, Spain.
According to Emma, Pintatelotu is the funny sounding Spanish childrens expression for "Colour-it-yourself", which is what her blog, shop and web is all about. Her work is very well summed up in these three words: Play, Make, Share, which is what she does everyday, while trying to make a living of her talents.
I’ve enjoyed being a graphic designer for many years, and then it started not to be funny anymore... By that time my first daughter was 3, and as I was thinking of a very special present for her, the idea of a t-shirt with a black and white illustration that she would colour in came up. I started drawing funny characters with basic shapes and thick lines, in order to help her stay in the lines... and she loved it! And I loved it too! I drew one, then two, then dozens! A whole family (and growing)!
The best part of this job is seeing children enjoying my stuff (the objects for colouring in I edit, the workshops, or the illustrations ands crafts I share in the pintatelotu blog) so sometimes when there is no feedback it’s a little sad and frustrating.
WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY HAPPY?
When my whole family starts singing along out loud while driving in the car...
Whatever I’ll be doing in the future, I just want to keep on MAKING things.
I’ve loved taking part of the kawaii issue because for me the main thing about kawaii is PLAYING... and to enjoy playing is the keyword to happiness. (We couldn't agree more!)
FAVORITE TOY GROWING UP?
A big chest full of disguises.
Emma shared with us these three works that capture the essence of her work: