Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Fonzy Nils, I am 24 years old and I love drawing dreams. I’m an Italian illustrator and designer, I graduated with a degree in architecture and I try to express myself with my personal language and my characters. I work on my own personal projects, and for every customers that has a good project in line with my style.
How did you get started doing what you do?
I draw every days of my life. Since 2008 I have found a creative language that I like and recently it has became work. Maybe drawing is my destiny.
How would you describe your style?
Colorful, funny and always positive.
What’s your inspiration?
I’m inspired by music, cinema, and by everything that surrounds me. I watch a lot of what’s going on around me. My best influence is derived by Jacovitti and Roger Hargreaves, principally.
What is art to you?
Art is everything that has feelings and emotions. It doesn’t need to be described, it must be heard.
What does your typical day look like?
I wake up, turn on the PC, and take an espresso to drink it while checking the mail box. During the day I am constantly drawing and working. I’d rather draw for myself in the evening, while watching a TV series.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It depends on the project and complexity. I can finish a piece in one day, or in weeks.
How do you keep motivated?
You have to believe in yourself and believe in what you do. Never give up, you have to fight for your dreams and for what you want.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I hope to be appreciated by people and make them feel emotion.
How have others reacted to your work?
With the time, the people have known me, they have supported me and it’s nice because the communication is important for my work.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
I’m happy when someone looks at my work and they feel happy. I want them to have fun.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Be happy when you’re drawing and continue to work hard!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I’ve received is to follow my heart and do what makes me happy.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
I’m still learning, maybe I can not give advice, but I just say, love this job if you want to do it. Believe in it and don’t give up.
What are your thoughts on art school?
School is important and can be a good base, but not required, you need to study hard and continue to improve yourself.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I want to establish my personal studio and my design brand.
What’s your dream project?
Designing a vinyl toy and publishing a book with my illustrations.
What art supplies do you use?
I work principally with digital technique, I make a sketch of the idea with a pencil, then I finish the work in digital with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
The role of art has changed a lot, in regards to illustration and it merging more and more with other fields, such as design or communication. I think it’s very important for our job, and I love the concept that art can be more than a beautiful image.