Bondovaga is an Italian and English artist currently living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Scotland far away from human contact. Her female centered illustrations depict free spirited modern day witches with a carefree attitude (and usually hairy legs)- all topped with colorful crystals, bongs and black cats.
What magic would you most want to be able to do if you were a witch? Or maybe you ARE a witch?
I wish, but I don’t think I am a witch. Honestly, I would love to be able to fly, unseen, into other people’s houses and just look at the contents of their fridge. I know it sounds weird but I’m oddly curious about what kind of food other people have.
Also, I would immediately clone myself and send my double out to fulfill all my social duties while I just sit in the house and talk to my cats.
Where do you find your inspiration for your art?
I am mostly inspired by my own experiences, moods and the people in my life. My artwork is definitely female centred, so a lot of my inspiration comes from reflecting on my own and my friends’ behaviour. But finding inspiration can be a very random process for me.
I’ll get an idea out of nowhere that gives me a feeling of excitement and then I will develop it from there.
What medium are you most comfortable in?
I like using black pens on smooth bristol paper. Clear black lines are extremely satisfying for me to draw. Then I edit and colour my artwork digitally.
What’s your ultimate dream?
My ultimate dream is to write short comic books about my witchy women from start to finish. I’ve always wanted to expand from illustrating towards a more complete form of visual storytelling, like a graphic novel for instance.
I’m just waiting for the right idea and inspiration to motivate me.
I would also like to open an animal rescue centre one day.
Is there anything you can’t or don’t like to draw?
Not really… I mean, I definitely have a harder time drawing mechanical stuff like cars or spaceships, but once I learn how to draw something, I will twist it to suit my personal style and then I start to enjoy it.
I like to feel free when I draw, and to me that also means overcoming the ‘bad feeling’ I get when I draw something difficult or that I don’t like.
What was the last thing you Googled?
“PIGMENT CHANGE ON UPPER LIP IS IT PERMANENT??!” Ok so, I bought a laser hair removal device but I must have exposed myself to the light too soon and I basically tanned my upper lip which ended up looking worse so I panic googled this mid-crisis.
I’m thinking about pairing it with a sombrero and a poncho to make it seem intentional. That’s a great drawing idea actually.
BONDOVAGA website: bondovaga IG:@bondovaga_ FB: @bondovagaart