I am a twenty-year-old student, currently reading a bachelor’s degree in Digital Arts, at the University of Malta. Art has always been an integral part of my life, even from a young age. Having a background in traditional art all throughout my youth, I opted to further my studies in the digital sector. My sources of inspiration include anything human, varying from the expressionistic human face to the subconscious mind. As someone who is still new to the art world, the notion of identity has been my on-going focus throughout my work, as a mean of establishing my own identity, both as an artist and as an individual.
This digital illustration is my take on re-creating the ambiance of the annual Summer Carnival, with a touch of nostalgia. My prime focus was to capture the essence of a typical Maltese summer night in relation to the vibrant colourful celebration that takes place during this event. Inspired from my experiences as a child attending these festivities, I decided to create an illustration that alludes around the main target audience, the children, which essentially are the heart and soul of this celebration. The girl pointing to the on-going celebration is a key representation of families, escaping the summer heat for a memorable night. Distinct icons from the Maltese culture, were composed together in creating my version of the infamous King Carnival float, the main protagonist of the illustration. Dressing the King in summer attire, surrounded by characteristics of a Maltese summer, such as the obligatory ice cream after a swim and the hope of spotting dolphins on your occasional boat ride around the Maltese islands. The picturesque sunset and seafront, are influenced from the three locations where the carnival will take place, enhancing the summer night flare. The font adapted to the festival details, is influenced from traditional Maltese painted shop signs, further contributing to the depiction of the Maltese identity.