One Direction might be the most talented people we know, but these fans come close. They’ve turned passion, hard work and some pencils into fine works of art. So we’ve curated a Maximum Pop! One Direction Gallery series. Get to know our friend Erika.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi, I’m Erika. I’m 23 and I’m from Italy. I’m studying architecture right now but, in the future, I would like to go to a Comic school.
When did you start drawing? Would you like this passion of yours to be a career or is it just a hobby?
I started drawing when I was 14, because my dream is to create stories, to make people feel something, get emotional, cry and laugh. I would like to do this with my comics in a professional way if it will be possible or, otherwise, I’ll continue to draw as hobby.
How would you describe your style and what techniques do you use?
My style is probably something between cartoons and manga style, I usually draw on the computer with my graphic tablet.
What inspires you and why?
To be honest, in the last months One Direction are my only inspiration. I would like to thank those guys for this because they really changed my life and my way to approach at art.
Maybe it will sound a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. I’ve never drawn as much as I did in the last few months. I got to meet amazing people and artists all around the world and I improved my art skills a lot since I joined this fandom.
How many fan art drawings have you made? Which one is your favourite and why?
I have lots of drawings, I don’t even know how many. My favourites are probably the first sketches I made of Louis and Harry, because they are like the start of this life-changing journey.
What was the hardest to draw and why?
I personally find difficult to draw Liam, I don’t really know why, his features have something I struggle to capture.
Tips for drawing One Direction.
The first and, maybe, the most important thing is to find a good reference picture. There are lots of HQ pictures of One Direction (it’s easy to find good ones on Tumblr and Twitter). My other advice would be to draw a lot, if the first time it doesn’t come out as you wanted to, then draw it another time, never give up. Improving your art skills is something that requires a lot of time, and drawing One Direction is the same.