ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MEGAN MARTIN-FOYDecember 1, 2017
Sugary-sweet and bad to the bone, Megan Martin-Foy’s illustrations of girls with a ton of attitude represent everything that’s right in the art world today. Empowered, confident and packed full of pop culture references, her illustrations pack a punch…
Have you always been interested in art?
I have always been interested in art, always gravitating towards anything or anyone creative. I think it has always been my calling, I definitely realise this after failing science and having to re-take my IT exam for the fifth time…
How did you get into illustration?
Illustrating in my spare time was just something I always did. I got really into developing my own style because the group of boys I used to hang with at school had such quirky drawing techniques that I loved! I then designed my first tattoo’s when I was 18, this was definitely where my style begun. Then I started drawing in this style properly during the summer between my first and second year of uni. I think I was quite bored having moved back home and needed to find something I was passionate about to keep me creative whilst I worked my life away in retail.
How would you describe your style?
I like to call all the girls in my illustrations the Bad B*tches, this is why I named my Instagram badb*tchillustrations. I want people to look at them and be like “damn, they’re bad b*tches”. If I had to describe my style in three words it would be Bad…ass….b*tches.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given, about art or otherwise?
I always used to over think my drawings, I didn’t used to think my work was good enough. But then my teacher explained to me that you’ll never fully be happy with a piece you’ve made so just get over it. I don’t really think he was being helpful at the time, but looking back I get I could take what he said and assume he meant, people perceive art in all different ways, your faults could be the thing that makes it a masterpiece to somebody else.
What do you hope people will take away from your work?
I hope people look at my drawings and feel empowered to be their own bad b*tch.