The Heroine’s Journey of Paola Formica

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The thing I most love of my job is that it is my passion, is the thing I want to do ever

What is my idea of happiness?

My idea of happiness is to enjoy things, even the simplest, and to share them with the people I love

What is my greatest fear?

Violence in all its forms terrifies me

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My laziness

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I admire many illustrator and artist such Aldo Di Gennaro (a great one!), Isabelle Arsenault, Ana Juan, Rebecca Dautremer, Roberto Innocenti, Lizbeth Zwerger and many others…

What is my greatest extravagance?

Having an unconventional thinking

On what occasion would I lie?

Is  very difficult for me to lie, I am not capable of it

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I love everything about my job. A little less the more commercial and less creative Jobs

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I’m really happy when I realize my silent book, where I create both the history and images

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would like to be less lazy

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Making books where I am both author and illustrator with a personal style that distinguished me

Where would I most like to live?

I would like near the sea in southern Italy, even if I really like my city, Milano

What is my most treasured possession?

My most precious possession is my creativity, my eyes and my hands

What is my most marked characteristic?

I am determined and also patient

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The artistic and historical places and especially Castello Sforzesco

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My home, ah, ah ah!

What books influenced my life and how?

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, In a fawn resemble my love by David Grossman, The idiot by Dostoevskij. I was struck by the depth interiority of these authors who draw with words

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Pink Floyd blaring

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I have no special heroes

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My real heroes are those who take care of others, selflessly

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Nuovo cinema Paradiso and Una pura formalità (Tornatore), The lives of the others, Beyond the garden

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art plays an important role as ispiration for my work and makes my life more beautiful and pleasant

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ mean to me?

They say that the choices you make are decisive for the direction you can take, even if it will be chance and unexpected events that will decided you

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My greatest fans are my partner and my parents

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

I’d like to publish picture books with Grimm Press and illustrate book covers for publishing agencies. I’d also like to do a cover for The New Yorker!

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

Each artistic meeting could make a change in my creative career

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

I’m planning two picture books for children, a fiction book and a new silent book

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

Books will be published with Mimebù Editions, Carthusia Editions and more illustration on GBaby and Il Giornalino Sanpaolo Editions

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion is the perpetual motion engine

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 

Chiara Bigatti, Costanza Favero, Patrizia Manfroi, Valentina Biletta

How can you contact me?

You can see my work on                                                                                                                                                 

INSTAGRAM  paolaformica.illustratriceBijlagen

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