Who or what made you want to become an illustrator?
I’ve always loved to draw, when I was a child I spent whole afternoons painting and looking at picture books! Growing up I thought that becoming an architect would give me the chance to draw a lot, but after few years I realized that it wasn’t my path because I didn’t feel happy. So, I completely changed my goals and I started working to become an illustrator… and I’m so glad I did!
What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
I love to draw with gouaches and colored pencils, but when the deadlines are tight I usually do backgrounds with gouache and I digitally finish my illustrations. Initially working digitally was a drama, but now I love it because it allows me to optimize my schedule without compromising the result!
Do you keep a sketch book?
I’ve never been consistent with sketchbooks, I never got over the stressful thought of ruining them with a bad drawing, haha! I prefer to sketch on single sheets and keep them all in a pink folder!
How many times do you tend to draw a character until you are happy with it?
I see that there’s no firm rule for this, sometimes a character convinces me immediately and sometimes not because it doesn’t reflect what I have clear in mind. Usually, after having made the first sketches, I wait until the next day to have a fresh mind to fix them!
What do you do in your spare time?
On gloomy days I like to stay at home baking and reading books, but often during the springtime I relax with gardening. When I have some time I love to spend a few hours in my favorite bookshop and take long walks! My husband and I try to visit a city we’ve never seen before at least once a year, I think these trips are a great source of inspiration and when we come back I always feel regenerated and full of new ideas!
Do you have a favourite soundtrack you listen to when you’re working?
I listen to a lot of french house, but a year ago I discovered a beautiful site, noisli, where you can set background sounds to improve focus. I tried to recreate the sound of the forest and it remains one of my favorites to work with!
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be doing?
Definitely a baker or a pastry chef!
What are some of your favourite subjects to draw?
Animals, plants and flowers, kitchenware and dessert!