How did you get started doing what you do?
When I was young I dreamed of becoming a painter, so along the way I tried not to betray my desires! After studying at Rome University of Fine Arts as a production designer, I approached the world of illustration. I have studied and designed by myself and then I followed some courses, trying to find my way to start this beautiful profession.
What’s your inspiration?
Many things. When I start a new job I make a long research of images- I love this time. I learn new things, I understand better if a color palette goes well or not, and try new techniques. Then I look at a lot of the great artists of the history of art, and many many movies. But a new idea can get even just watching the people on the street.
What is art to you?
It is a way of being in the world, and is a preferred way to get in touch with it.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It depends on the complexity of the image. On average, one or two days. I also need a little time to detach from the drawing or painting to see if there is something wrong, and then watch it a second time.
How do you keep motivated?
Think about what you really want from your life, what is important to you and what you love. Then life can also take elsewhere, but it is important to keep in mind who you are and what you can do with your passion.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
It’s simply, I hope to improve every day.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
I would say to myself to be more secure, to have less fear.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Well, a few words: be constant, keep alive the passion and study hard. I constantly repeat it also to myself.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
Sure! I would like to draw not only for publishers, but also for fashion and create a thousand textures for fabrics! I would love to dress people with my designs and always make new jewelry (I created a line of jewelry handmade called Tartina Twist.)
What art supplies do you use?
Pencils and crayons of all kinds, acrylic Liquitex and always smooth paper. When I use digital techniques I work with Photoshop.