Biography: I've started drawing when I was very young, I'm not sure exactly what age I was. I remember my mother teached me how to draw small flowers... Drawing has always been my favorite thing to do thanks also to the wonderful artbooks, illustrated children books and comics my parents presented me since I was a little girl. I found a marvelous world inside these publications and I've always wanted to become good enough to create similar illustrations myself! I'm basically a self-taught artist, I just taken public schools art classes and then...observation, patience, and practice, mostly. I've also learned a lot of things from art books and comics ( I have a huge collection of both of them!). Observing how things look, how light falls on them, what shapes and forms they take, and then practicing drawing all of that has been the best school. Also, I like very much travelling (my second, great passion!): I think the abroad experiences gives you a lot of opportunities to grow up both as a person and artist. I spent two years of my life in Tokyo and that's probably the reason the oriental influence is so clear in my work, much of which has strong overtones of anime. But I also find inspiration from classical fantasy themes, fairytales, miths from my country, Italy. My style is heavily influenced by that of Art Nouveau, and European comics with a penchant for gothic imagery. I mainly use Pantone Tria markers by Letraset, Copic markers by Too.Japan, and water soluble pencils by Caran D'Ache, and I prefer paper being Fabriano Tecnico or Artistico. I sometimes use watercolours to accentuate certain aspects of the piece. I work part time as a commissioned artist from late 2002, when I started showing my images on the net and I also started running a personal website nati-art.com. The web is a wonderful place to meet other artists, exchange ideas and skills and to promote your artwork all around the world! . Published Works . . Commissioned faery illustrations for Christinamay.com products. 2002 . T-shirt logo for Sen, an American rock band. 2002 . 'The Annual American Student Graphic Novel Contest' promotional poster. Event organized by Prophecy Magazine. June 2003 . 'The Art of Faery' from Paper Tiger/Chrysalis Publishing, October 2003. . 'The New Masters of Fantasy 2003'. 50 fantasy artists CDrom from Epilogue.net. October 2003 . 'Le Calepin Jaune', France. Cover of September 2004 issue. April 2004 . 'Creative Minds'. ArtWanted.com artbook. December 2004 . 'The World of Fairy' from Paper Tiger/Chrysalis Publishing, UK. September 2005 . '500 Fairy Motifs' from Collins and Brown Publishing, UK. September 2005 . 'Linda Ravenscroft. How to draw faeries' from Quarto Group Publishing, UK. Featured image » 'Sheer water in her eyes' . September 2005 . 'Le Calepin Jaune', France. Cover of Autumn 2005 issue. . 'RE-fresh' magazine, UK. Collaboration with the photographer Robert Jr. Mendolia. Autumn 2005
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