The Heroine’s Journey of Chiara Luzi

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

As an Illustrator one of the things I love the most about my work is the moment when people relate to my draws and tell me that, in someway, I’ve touched their soul with them. It’s something precious being able to move people, it means that I’ m doing a good job.

But there’s another thing I love. It’s the instant in which I find the right way to make a draw. In that precise moment everything became clear so I can focus on the simple act of drawing. It’s like a sort of meditation.

What is my idea of happiness?

The words ‘Happiness is in little things’ are totally true and the more I’m getting older the more they fit me.

What is my greatest fear?

Well, a lot of things scare me, but I think that to loose my physical and mental health is the greatest one. Also talk in public and grasshoppers scare me a lot.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Inconstancy and insecurity, but I’m learning to manage them.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Simone Prades – Illustrator

Elena Guidolin – Illustrator

Chelsea Gibson – Painter

Andrea Serio – Illustrator

What is my greatest extravagance?

Probably is talking out loud with myself when I’m driving in my car.

On what occasion would I lie?

To protect my beloved ones or to save a life.

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

Well is the ‘monetary side’. Sometimes is difficult to get paid fairly and this lack of security is still tricky to handle.

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

I’ m happy every time I close a work and I’m proud of what I did. Recently it was when two books I worked in have been published.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I find myself constantly improving. I’m not perfect, like every human being on Hearth, but I work every day on me to get better. And it seems is working because I became more indulgent with myself (I definitely wasn’t in the past). I still have a lot of work to do but I think I’m on the right way to reach a sort of inner balance.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I had a lot of achievements, specially in the last three years, but I like to think that the greatest one has to come. It’s a spur to always do my best.

Where would I most like to live?

In Lisbona

What is my most treasured possession?


What is my most marked characteristic?

I think Empathy

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The woods, I live in the countryside so nature is my first inspiration. The quiet, the leaves, the trees and the open fields help me to refocus my thoughts and ideas.

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

It’s MAT, a place in a nearby city. It’s a kind of bohemian place located in the medieval part of Viterbo, with vintage furniture and good drinks and food. I go there with my friends to spend lovely moments with them.

What books influenced my life and how?

Well, I think one of the most importanti book of my life is Catcher in Rye. I read it for the first time when I was 17 or 18 and I found a lot in common with Holden. Reading about a teenager looking for a place in a world he feels he doesn’t belong to, it made me feel less lonely and weird for the first time.

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

This is really, really difficult. Probably all the music I could listen in a single day.

I will surely listen to this songs:

All I need – Air

Didn’t cha know – Erykah Badu

Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead

Ladies and gentleman we are floating in space – Spiritualized

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

My heroine is definitely Evelyn Couch while screaming ‘Towanda’ in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

All people who work with passion and loyalty to achieve their goals.

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

In the mood for love

What role play stories in my life and work?

I narrate stories through my draws, they are fundamental for my work.

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

Well this words are the greatest truth of life.

We ourselves are the masters of our own lives, it depends on us.

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

My friends and curator Togaci and my dearest friends Sara and Milena.

When I need an advice or when I’m stuck in my work and I need to clarify something, they are always there to help me and support me.

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

The list is long, but I would like to work with Womankind mag, Futura Corriere, just to name few, but there are many many more.

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

All the people who can improve my knowledge, skills, inspirations. I’d like to work with writers and publisher with whom I can create a synergy.

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

I’m working on a project about tooth, I’ve just started it, it’s a work in progress.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

In bookshops

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

This is the second truth of life. Until I have passion for what I do I will never stop doing it.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Arianna Milesi

How can you contact me?


instagram: chiaralu_illustration


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