Interview with illustrator Eleonora Arosio

Eleonora Arosio is an italian illustrator with a love for eye candy. She studied Fine Arts in Milan and is currently based in Amsterdam.
Eleonora’s watercolour and pencil illustrations remind us of a dreamy and happy world without any kind of problems or fears. We got in touch with her to know more about her personal world!

How did you get into illustration and what made you think “This is what I want to do!”?

I was studying Fine Arts in Milan, and after many years of trying to make work that was more contemporary art oriented, I realised I just wanted to grab a piece of paper and draw something beautiful, something that I liked, without too many why’s and how’s: that was the moment I realised that was my path, and it was actually something I had begun doing when I was in high school and was then put in a corner when I started going to university

What do you do when you’re not working on illustration?

In two words: tv series. As corny as it sounds, I love tv series. I also love going to the movies, listening to podcasts, music, going to exhibitions, etc. I guess I just like what everyone likes to do on their time off!

Your work is really naive, pastel colours. How long did it take you to find your personal style?

Very long. I see my whole life as a rollercoaster of different drawing styles, as I started being passionate about everything creative from an early age. I remember coming up with my own characters for a comic when I was in primary school and from then on it’s always been about trying different techniques and styles: even when I look back at my drawings from a couple of years ago I realise I’ve changed a lot.

What inspires you as an artist?

As I said, I love all the above and I really feel like we’re all inspired by everything that’s around us, everything we see. I take inspiration from my fellow illustrators, from a water-zumba class or from a movie, they’re all equally important to me.

What’s the best collaboration you’ve done?

So far I think it was with Anorak magazine. I’ve always been a huge fan and I see it as a well thought-out collection of some of the best illustrators out there right now – other than being the best thing to get in the mail, whether you’re a kid or an adult.

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What do you want to communicate with your work?

My idea of illustration is that it has to be eye candy, it has to make you feel good, and if that’s working, it’s already a good start. I like to think I’m part of this new feminism that’s trying to teach us girls that we’re beautiful, that we’re not necessarily someone’s halves and that we can do it. If I can do my little part in this, then I’m happy.

Do you travel a lot?

I do. I’m still not sure I’ve found the right place for me, so right now I’m always traveling and trying out different countries to figure out which one is the best fit for me.
I just got back from a year in Australia – which has been incredible and I still feel nostalgic talking about it – and right now I’m living in Amsterdam and loving my daily ride bikes! We’ll see what’s next.

Do you have any exhibitions planned / collaborations?

Lately I’ve been in touch with O’ Galeria in Portugal: some limited edition prints of mine are gonna be sold in their shop in Lisbon very soon and we’ve been talking about an having an exhibition in the future, so fingers crossed!

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Any artists you’d recommend us to check / keep an eye open?

I love the work of my friend Beatrice Cerocchi, there’s not one thing she makes that I wouldn’t wanna buy. But there are so many more names: Ana Albero, Noa Snir, Lisk Feng, Angie Garland, Maria Midttun, Lauren Humphrey, Jeannie Phan, to name a few. The more I think about it the more names come to mind.

What’s your advice to aspiring young illustrators?

Send emails. It’s stressful and you don’t always get an answer straight away, but I always say it’s about planting seeds and putting yourself out there and hope something will come out of it!