Featured Pro Portfolio: Francisco Martín (Mocaran)

Francisco Martín (Mocaran) is an architecture student living in Spain. While he has no professional training, his breathtaking impressionistic illustrations have caught many eyes here on ArtStation and he was able to use the Pro Website Builder to support his hobby and create a personal portfolio site in under an hour!

Check out Francisco’s ArtStation-powered portfolio website. 

What are you most inspired by in your work?

I get inspiration from many things, in my works i tend to recreate fantastic locations so i look and enjoy a lot nature and the world we live. Other things like music, my daily life or how i feel while painting also tends to affect my work.

What techniques/practices have shaped the way you work today?

 My first paintings attempts have been on digital media, so I’m not a traditional artist turning into digital media. I have no artistic background. I learnt everything I know from the internet, and  got my first graphic tablet 7 years ago the summer before I started my architecture degree. Since then, I have been watching tons of painting tutorials. All I could watch in my free time. If I have to mention what shaped the way I work, I’d have to start with Feng Zhu tutorials. I’ve watched and rewatched them many times. Also, I think Craig Mullins is another real important piece. When I was younger, I was enticed by his fantastic work I would see in games, so his art got me to try digital painting. The last artist I want to mention is Theo Prins. His work has something impressive about it and I try to learn all I can from him.

 What is the best art advice you’ve ever received?

I don’t think I ever got much art advice but I think the best art advice would be something like this: To quote the Bojack Horseman show, “Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.” Although it may not get easier!

What do you think is the most important characteristic of an great portfolio?

 I think the most important characteristic is the content, the quality of your work, and the ability to catch the eye of the viewer. A good portfolio needs to show what you do as fast as possible. In the world we live in, we get used to look at things really fast so our portfolios needs to adapt to it.


See more of  Francisco’s work on his portfolio website. To learn more about ArtStation Pro websites, click here.


About the author

Sierra is the Editor of ArtStation Magazine.