The Heroine’s Journey of Stefania Russo

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Besides it is my passion (which is the best thing, in a job), I may express myself without thoughts. And… Because I’m managing it, alone with myself. I’ve some issues to work in a team, because I feel stressed working with too many people and social, especially when there is a problem to deal with, I feel really stressed with others. Here, I know who’s wrong and who I can insult!

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I admit, I don’t trust in false hope, and do not trust in the search of happyness. For me, the perfection is simply to listen music through my iPod, during the night: it’s the only moment of pure isolation from the rest of the world.

What is my greatest fear? Is feeling empty with my own passion, that is art. And I’m at the border of it, and fight to not be lost, for this reason. This last year was full of personal problems, in health and physical way, and I stopped to paint, due to it. It’s different to feeling angry, sad, happy; they’re emotions, and gives you help to live. Emptyness is a silent demon who consumes yourself.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The first thing I’ve in mind is: “I hate myself”. And that hate to hate, because sometimes I’m able to find the light in all this. I dislike my perception of life, and I know I need to fix this thought. This consciousness of stubborness is annoying.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Every single artist who struggles with own work with themselves. Art is such an hard path, and who fight and reach the goal with own power, has all my admiration. I had no around, near me, people who gave me way to admiration; but on the web, I’ve found so many wonderful artistic souls.

What is my greatest extravagance? I love dying my hair in weird colours, I love tattoes, just for make me happy to wear colours. But, my wardrobe is total black. It’s the only way to express myself, because I’ve passed my life hearing people around me who try too forced to be “normal” and be fine for society. What society asks, it doesn’t know itself, after all. It’s a silly thing, but I do especially for myself, counting I rare go out from my home.

On what occasion would I lie? When people ask me if I’m fine.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  The constant struggle against the doubting my art and what I am doing. And the constant reception of negative responses from projects and galleries, I’m blunt. But it’s the usual quotidianity of this work.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Besides, to painting in my own room, of course… It seems a contradiction, but I’m truly happy when I’m doing Comic events and cons. I have social fear, but to share own passion with people who has same passion is really amazing. I can talk of what I love in free way, because in quotidianity, I’m not able to do.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Need to love myself. Don’t listen what world wants, and be free from own prison.

What is my greatest achievement in work? To had won from the fight of the shy and social fear, and start to exposure in comic events. And to receive the call from 78 Tarot to participate in their project, because I always admire artist’s works and dedition.

Where would I most like to live? Far away to everything (but not Wifi!), in a lovely chalet on the mountains. That’s a dream!

What is my most treasured possession? My fantastic creepy strange world, my media tools, my computer and my iPod. Without them, I’m not able to living, ahah!

What is my most marked characteristic? It seems, people appreciate my solarity and smile, despite there are not a part of my behavior. But, if will response in positive way, to other, it’s realy ok!

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I’m such a sort of hikikomori (in japanese “pulling inward, being confined”, i.e., “acute social withdrawal”. Are reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. Hikikomori refers to both the phenomenon in general and the recluses themselves) from being I was an adolescent, I admit… And basically, I don’t know too much my place (I live in the country, in a town of 1500 annoying old inhabitants). So, when I get occasion, I love make various trips far away from my place, and find every hystorical and artistic angle of the cities I visit, especially, cemetery and gardens.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? There is no place like this, in my city, ahah! And I eat alone in my room, far away from people. I rare eat in pubblic way, if not for some rare special event.

What books influenced my life and how? Elric of Melniboné, because character it’s so similar to myself and my behavious. And, because, it’s inspired my a lot artistically and from it, was born my Original Character and personal story (never pubblished, and never think to pubblish, I admit).

Who are my favorite writers? Michael Moorckock, Clive Barker, Andrzej Sapkowski, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. Time ago, I was a devourer of books, now, I stop to read them, I admit.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Apocalyptica, especially the “Cult” album, because inspired me a lot.  I’m a metal lover, but for that occasion, I think would appreciated most Cell Rock.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Besides my original character Fanhir… In “real” fiction my favourite are Raziel and Kain from Legacy of Kain saga. I love those controversial characters, because they’re not the definition of “good or evil” with a big charisma. They’re immortal vampires, but they act like the dark side of humanity.
After all, I’m very linked to this game because it was a door of my art, comic, game and fictional’s love!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? As the reason before described, I don’t know personally those genre of people. And I admit, I feel empty mind and lack of ideas. I can admire a singer or some vip person, but, is always do not linked to real life, after all. I’m an empty person, in reality world speaking!

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? There are a long list of movies I love! I’m a big fan of horror movies, and the one who caught my attention and I can repeatedly saw without annoying is Mama. I everytime crying, looking that movie, because it’s represent the emotive side of the darkness, what I most love presesent in my art.

What role plays art in my life and work? It’s the only thing I’ve in my life. It like breathing, for me.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I literally don’t know! I mean, I know to have a pair of my art’s super collectors (they know who they are!), but despite I see so many supporters, I don’t know who is exactly the greatest. For me, everyone of the is rock, because they’re take own time and dedition to follow a little artist and soul, like me! Thank you!

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  I have sincerely no idea. I wish to do a solo show, but I image, it’s just a dream. for now, I’m concetrate on working to some personal paintings and preparing stuff for next cons.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? There are a lot of artists would love to know and already know, luckly… But, for now, I wish to meet some art friends like Sandra Hultsved, Giovy Loca, Eva Boehm, Lilith Hicks and Catherine, which I admire so much. And the directors of 78 Tarot. Two years, ago, I had the pleasure to meet Luis Royo, for few time, but it always was my dream. Such an emotion to meet the master who take lot of inspiration!

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’m lately focussing on personal artworks and painting what I definitely love, without searching the glory. I admit, due to constant negative response from galleries, I was feel really upset, so, after this bad moment, it’s time to wake up!

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? In Italy, I continue to do comic events (the first 2018 date, will be Cartoomics, at Milan). About shows, for now, I admit, I have no planning anything. You can see my calendar on my website.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means that I have to nail them in my mind, because Art would be the only one reason…

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I suggest Sandra Hultsved, a wonderful traditional dark artist. Horror Party Dolls, a fantastic horror dollmaker. Cristiana Leone, wonderful comic and fantasy artist. Medusa Dollmaker and her extraordinary art.

How can you contact me
You can find me evetytime on Facebook: – Feel free to add me or follow my also on my personal art profile:
Instagram: @stefaniarussoart
Or direct e-mail to:

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

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We’re sometimes not too sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously: we talk of somewhat randomly ‘clicking’ with people. Trying to plan for it sounds like cheating. But in a busy world, the desire to socialise authentically, with interesting, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.

That’s why we created The Heroine’s Journey Friends scheme. Membership gives you the right to invite creative professionals to publish their story for free on The Heroine’sJourney online. Each story made possible by you is anchored around the big idea that when we our quest let’s us travel from a person who interests us to another person who interest them and exchange stories we learn more about ourselves, meet people who can make a difference for you and have more impact in the world with telling our story.  Every month, in your own city or somewhere in the world you can invite creative professionals you like to tell their story for the Heroine’s Journey website.

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  • The right to offer 50 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity.  The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
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Price is :  Euro 449 for one year 

The programmes last for 365 days, after which you will be asked if you’d like to renew your subscription.

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