Interview of Eleonora Arosio by Sophie Pellegrini
Tell us a little about yourself; where are you from and what do you do?
I’m from a little town in Italy and I’m a freelance illustrator.
Did you study art in school?
I did. Actually, in Italy we have different types of high schools that focus on specific subjects, depending on which one you choose. I went to an art high school and later on I attended a Fine Art course in uni.
Do you think it’s important for young people who want to pursue art professionally to study art formally?
I’m really happy about my journey, but I’ve met amazing creatives who came from completely different backgrounds. So no, I don’t think it’s necessary. But I really believe in practicing a lot and in being curious towards the coolest illustrators around to get inspired.
Tell us a little about your artistic work process. What materials/media do you use?
My sketchbook has always been my best friend, so that’s where it all starts. At the moment I’m working with colored pencils on paper. That’s all I need: layers and layers and layers of colors.
How would you describe your illustrations?
Colorful and calming.
What inspires your artwork and illustrations?
This is gonna be obvious: everyday life and other illustrators.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
In the history of art? I’ve always been obsessed with pre-raphaelites: Rossetti, Millais, Waterhouse… to name a few.
And what about other illustrators? Who are the illustrators that most inspire your artwork?
The first person that comes to my mind is my virtual friend Beatrice Cerocchi; her work is so full of cute little details. It’s peaceful and it reminds me of home. But the list of illustrators that never let me down is soo long: Maria Midttun, Lisk Feng, Olimpia Zagnoli, Elena Xausa, Lauren Humphrey, etc.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
There’s always a different one. When I started, it was my first publication; then it became having people wanting to buy my prints and hang them in their houses; later on it was getting emails from magazines asking to collaborate with them. There’s not a specific one, I’m always growing and my proudest accomplishments keep changing with me.
If you could go back and do one thing differently during your teen years, what might it be?
I’d go on a year abroad during my 4th year of high school, definitely.
Speaking of travel, if you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Tokyo, but I’m waiting to be super rich to go there so I can buy everything and experience the city to the fullest.