Monet Alyssa’s scintillating illustrations are inspired by mythology, philosophy and our toxic relationship with technology
When making his pieces, Monet begins with sketches and often develops moodboards to organize his thoughts – a key step in deciphering color palettes and subjects. “I have a morning routine,” she explains. “It helps me focus and stay focused on my task as a freelancer, as I often work in my home studio.” Music plays a big part in this, which tends to blare in the background as she draws. “That’s when I’m most effective and in tune with myself,” she shares. Typically, a piece takes around 70 hours, including conceptualization. As a result, she must remain efficient and will often devote around eight to ten hours a day to drawing.
Monet is clearly doing something right, and his latest works are a good example of this. Dumb, for example, is a personal piece originally made for Inktober, an annual event in October that sees artists come together to draw one ink drawing per day during the month. Prompt by the “Mindless” brief, Monet explains that at the time, she was in a period of reflection. “Most of the people around me were so overused with their phones and social media that they weren’t present or aware of their surroundings – myself included at times.” The article then examines the world’s reliance on technology, specifically the palm-sized computer that we strap to our hands during most waking hours. “I’m someone who can’t engage too much online because it drains me and inhibits me as an artist creatively, so I made this piece to show that in this toxic relationship with our phones, we often miss and exude energy on something that won’t make us happy in the long run.
The philosophy of the artist is paramount: she wants to do positive work that adds something good to the world. Whether it’s a critique of modern habits or empowering women to show their strength and resilience; whatever she thinks, it will always be a subject that she will defend.