I’m Valentina. I was born on March 10th 1991, and I grew up in South Tirol, northern Italy.
I almost never heard the word ‘illustrator’, until I started choosing what to study after high school. Since I have memory, I’ve always drawn.
When I was a little fussy chatty child I explained to anyone who would listen, I would have become an artist or a painter.
However, I didn’t know what really did mean ‘being an artist’ or how to turn my passion for drawing into my job.
Studying at the European Institute of Design (IED) of Milan, I learned that nowadays being able to draw, doesn’t mean just paint a good-looking image, but also being able to communicate, spread messages about, convey concepts, tell stories.
I decided so to become an illustrator, and to work for publishing, advertising, comics, animation, etc.
My favorite part of my job is character design. Someone says that’s because I just watched too many cartoons and now I believe myself a Disney-princess, but I love the appeal of the disney characters style, which influences a lot my work.
I aim to create appealing characters, with which people can identify themselves. I love telling their personality through their look and making them appear alive.
Furthermore I combined the development of a personal style with an eclectic sensibility, which allowed me to be a very versatile artist.
I love sketching with the pencil, but I mainly work in digital. Whether I draw with Photoshop or I use Illustrator, I create elegant curves and sinuous lines, which can confer an harmonious balance to the composition.
I collaborate on several projects with different companies in the field of boardgames in Italy and in the USA.
I’m represented in England and in USA by Advocate Art Agency.
I also work on advertising and editorial projects.
The time I don’t spend drawing, I dedicate it to my passions. I love dancing (I practice ballet and tip tap), my motobike…and sweets!
At the moment I live in Milan and I work in Atabaliba studio, a design studio composed by creative freelancers melting-pot (where my main task is to get rid of all the biscuits).