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Interview with illustrator Virginia Mori

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Virginia Mori is an Italian illustrator from Pesaro. Using BIC pens on paper, she draws melancholic ladies, dreams, nightmares and fears. She studied Animation and Illustration in Urbino.

We caught up with Virginia to discuss more about her style, her collaborations and her free time.

How did you get into illustration and what made you think “that’s what I want to do!”?

I’ve been drawing since I was a child, but I never thought it could be a job ( and no one in Italy told me that, when I was young ). I attended a Scientific High school because I was good at maths, but then, instead of a university, I decided to attend a two years course in Animation and Illustration at the Art Institute in Urbino, at the end of this course I was completely confused  about my destiny, I wanted my economic independence so I started to work in every kind of field (at that time, 2003, is still possible find easy jobs) restaurants, factories, agriculture…but there was nothing that I liked and made me feel good so I knew that drawing is the only thing I can do and I started again, this time with more confidence and now I am here, drawing every day.

When did you start drawing melancholic ladies?

I always draw melancholic ladies, but when I was I child they were often blonde..Senza-titolo-17-1024x683

Your work used to be black and white, but you’ve recently introduced colour into your illustrations – Was there a specific reason for the change?

I change all the time, there’s no reason in it, it is a necessity for me, I like to experiment and evolve in my work.

What do you do when you’re not working on illustration? You’ve done quite a few short films as well!

Yes, when I’m not working on illustrations I do animated short films. that mean thousands and thousands of drawings, too much!  

What’s the best collaboration you’ve done?

One of the best collaboration I’ve done is the one with Virgilio Villoresi and Withstand for the book “Vento” a special animated book.

Do you ever get stuck with your creativity?  

All the time

What does an average day of yours look like?  

I have no average day, it depends from work , but in general I wake up (unfortunately very early in these last few months), I eat, I draw, then I eat, then I draw, then I eat again, then I watch movies or drink some wine or go to a concert, or cook dinner, or go out for a walk, or swim, or stroke cats…

Do you travel a lot?

It depends from the period, I usually travel for work, in March I’ve been in Falmouth in Cornwall, Falmouth University invited me to talk at the Illustration’s Forum, it was an amazing experience, I love Cornwall.

Do you have any exhibitions planned / collaborations?

The next events where my drawings will be exhibited are the Illustri Festival in Vicenza at the end of May, a collective exhibition in Madrid in June, and another collective show in Tokyo in September. I’m also collaborating with the italian poet Domenico Brancale to illustrate a short story for children, which is out at the end of may for Blu Gallery editions and Modo Bologna, and Pelledoca, a new italian publisher that publishes books for children where the fear is the central theme. I’m also working on a romance for young audience written by Beatrice Masini, out in autumn.

What’s your best advice to aspiring young illustrators?

Try to find your own way.