Lucia has a BA in Media Design, which she followed up with courses at the London College of Fashion.
Sometimes, Lucia will bring together lots of photographic references and create a preliminary collage before beginning an artwork as well as doing some sketches. Her actual illustrations are created on paper using ink, watercolour, pastels, pens or acrylic – though not necessarily all together. The hand painting stage is very free and instinctive. For Lucia, there are so many variables about working by hand that a computer just can’t replicate. However she does use Photoshop to tweak and perfect a piece.
Strong black ink marks, elegant lines and splashes of colour all characterise Lucia’s style. And you’ll also notice leggy girls feature in many of her images! She specialises in fashion and beauty work for editorial, advertising and textile clients. Lucia also does live fashion illustration at events using either natural media or a graphics tablet. Other areas she works in include architecture, hand-rendered type and packaging.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Lucia: I have always been naturally talented and when I was a child I loved drawing Walt Disney characters. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Lucia: My background includes a Bachelor of Media Arts Degree, where I explored different graphic arts and majored in Moving Image. Question: Where are you originally from? Lucia: I am born in Senigallia, a small city situated by the sea and surrounded by the hills in the centre of Italy. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Lucia: Now I live in East london, nothing particularly drew me here beside the culture and design environment of a city like London. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Lucia: It is a really messy desk full of pastels, inks, mags and books. However I spread myself out on every surface available around me. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Lucia: Contemporary pop and fashion culture, photographers such as Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Sarah Moon; the Viennese Expressionism, Hokusai, visionary films and fairy tales. Question: How do you get your ideas? Lucia: Researching some beautiful pics, making a virtual collage, studying the lines that better describes the subject. Question: Do you collect anything? Lucia: Fashion magazines, the ones I love most are French Vogue, Lula, Numero, etc; I would love to collect more ancient memorabilia such as music boxes and postcards, but it's a bit difficult as I keep moving flats; I will when I finally settle down.
Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Lucia: Experimental and author Cinema, this is really what I am into. I used to watch films every day and I also used to work in video making. In my free time I love visiting exhibitions and discovering new places where I can taste good food and wine. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Lucia: I've designed a beauty fragrance feature in Instyle magazine for April. The brief was really fun and full of creative freedom as I had to illustrate bad and good girls, choose how to dress them and add some key details to associate with the fragrance's characteristics. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Lucia: Design a wallpaper, concept film and fashion patterns for Miuccia Prada. Question: Who are your design heroes? Lucia: Fashion wise Viktor and Rolf; they started their amazing career dressing up dolls rather than models, following their dream to create their experimental, fantastic collections full of cultural references. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Lucia: Be unique don't just copy other illustrator's styles, draw inspiration from the endless history of arts. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Lucia: New York for it's magic vibe but at the end I will probably spend my mature age back in Italy. Question: What's your favourite scene or line from a film? Lucia: It's the final of Dogville by genius Lars Von Trier: one of the most powerful metaphoric films of the last 20 years. Question: Why do fools fall in love? Lucia: According to Luigi Pirandello the fools are the ones who take their exterior mask off.