I’ve recently got in contact with my art school classmates. We hadn’t talked since 1995! Time flies and some things change, but not all.
It’s sort of enlightening to talk to people I haven’t seen in over a decade, especially people we shared similar dreams with.
For all these years some of them pursued the passion for art and illustration despite the numerous difficulties (I left Italy just to have the chance of working full-time as an illustrator); some decided to take a new direction and focus on family or other activities.
I’m a bit saddened to see that some of these talented artists had to struggle so much. Things aren’t easy in our profession, but I can assure you that in Italy they are worse. They deserve a lot better, especially with the great artistic tradition they have.
I hope we’ll at least collaborate on some competitions for fun, posting in art communities and such. It’s something that has proven to be very motivational for me, because I’m rather anti-social and I tend to isolate myself pretty easily.
At least the internet has become my window to the world.
Talking to them again sort of encouraged me to look at where I am now to judge myself objectively.
While I still have dreams to pursue and things to accomplish I can say I’m pretty happy on a personal level when it comes to my approach with illustration. I found a way to work the way I like, walking a strange line between the path of the traditional artist (craftsmanship and formal research) with that of the illustrator (narrative and pop culture). I like this strange route, for now it’s my own and I’m curious to see where it will lead me.
It’s something I had no idea of 10 years ago. Even just 5! It’s a little light in the darkness, a hint of a direction at least. It makes the journey even more thrilling.
Anyway, I want to post a few links, to introduce some of my ex-classmates.
Cinzia Di Felice‘s main expertise are comics. She published a few comic books (samples are in her website), she’s been the assistant of the popular comic artist Massimiliano Frezzato (who’s been our teacher as well) and now teaches in the same art school we all attended. She’s funny too. 😉
Andrea Gatti is a freelancer who does a bit of everything (traditional and digital). He drew an amusing series of historical caricatures, but what struck me the most is the collection Sunk World that I linked here. Check it, it’s really cool.
Sauro Quaglia has a very confident comic and animation style he used to impress us with during our school days. He was already good back then. He now works for Leo Burnett in Italy, but check his blog, there’s plenty of stuff he enjoys doing in his spare time.
Simona Traina currently enjoys painting. Her style is a very lovely mixture of children-book and cubism. I really like her work, she can’t believe it, she’s too modest.
There might be more, so as soon as I get more links from the rest of the ex-class I’ll post them here.