She was so young when she began to draw, that she can’t even remember the first time that she picked up a pencil. The sensations that she felt when drawing, however, she remembers very well: happiness mixed with the awareness that it wasn’t just a game.
Ilaria Palleschi is now 29 and has managed to make drawing her career.
After a first start in concept art and in the cinematographic technique of storyboard art, she gained a specialization in illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design, finally finding the right path: graphic novels and illustration. She works freelance for advertising studios and fashion houses, architects and associations, also entering the realm of comic strips and children’s illustrations where the ones who draw for a career are often confined.
As well as the work on commission, she continues to work on personal projects; the latest of which, “Chill Out”, is not (yet) a graphic novel, but it could become one. It is a series of female drawings where Ilaria brings to life herself and other women during short breaks, whence the title “Chill Out”, almost “a hymn to idleness”. Idleness that is not laziness however, and is not boredom, but a meditative state of mind. Rest becomes the source of creative inspiration, a moment for gathering one’s thoughts, that is necessary for recharging one’s batteries before starting again.
In her pantheon of reference artists, she includes the painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Giorgia O' Keeffe together with the Pole Balthus and the modern-day Manuele Fior, Monica Garwood and Mattotti, without forgetting young emerging artists, latest issues and self-productions. A search that ranges from the past to the future to merge into a style that is continuously evolving.
«I believe that most illustrators spend their lives with the sword of Damocles over their heads – she confesses – wondering if they have a style and if it works».
The story has been written by Chiara Sfregola, writer.
Delicate female drawings on the short breaks that stimulate thoughts and help creativity.