The Heroine’s Journey of Fiammetta De Innocentis

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Sounds ordinary and even overrated, but the best thing I love about my work is that it is my passion too. I couldn’t imagine doing anything not art-related.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being content and fullfilled with what you have, not feeling guilty about something you haven’t reached yet.

What is my greatest fear? Losing the love and support of my dearest ones. Also, getting lost in an unknown place and/or losing my belongings, and last but no least, insects. And sleep paralysis: I experimented it once, and never again.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Both my stubborness and crippling self doubt. These traits equally keep me from succeeding. Also, I can’t take criticism.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Those who are strong enough to rise from their ashes, and – quoting Carrie Fisher – to take their broken heart and make it into art.

What is my greatest extravagance? All the drawers must be closed. They must.

On what occasion would I lie? When a lie is for the greater good, or when I have no interest in giving away my true thoughts and beliefs.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Being stuck, having to choose between opportunities, learning the hard truth that sometimes passion isn’t enough. Also, feeling like you owe something to your art, and being left so consumed by the “artistic flame”, you wish you never had any artistic talent at all.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I obtained my first comic artist job at Filthy Figments last summer, and the two times I sang into a big music festival in my city, called “Settembre al Borgo”. Also, does graduation count?

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’d like myself skinnier, but I’m working on that. And I’d also like to be more independent.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Self-publishing three artbooks, being noticed with my sole forces, and publishing a comic with the American online editor Filthy Figments. In general, I feel really proud anytime strangers show interest in my work, ask me things, and even pay for it. That’s really satisfying.

Where would I most like to live? I’d like to live in London. Or somewhere else in Northern Europe.

What is my most treasured possession? Well, it’s not really mine, but my father’s been gifted with a suit wore by Segovia. That is my family’s most treasured possession, I guess – well, at least it’s one of the most treasured possessions we own.

What is my most marked characteristic? I get really passionate and talk a lot about things I like at the point of becoming annoying.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Here in Caserta we have a few, but very remarkable and historically valuable locations: the Reggia Vanvitelliana palace, San Leucio, and Casertavecchia’s medieval village.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Everywhere I can eat a good pizza is fine. But there’s a nice place literally a few steps from my home which does the best pizza and is also aesthetic: it’s called Morsi&Rimorsi.

What books influenced my life and how? Ugh, too many. But I guess I’ll have to pick just a few: a biography on Elizabeth I by Dara Kotnik, Egar Allan Poe’s stories, The picture of Dorian Gray, and lately I’ve been really obsessed with Shirley Jackson and Daphe du Maurier.

Who are my favorite writers? Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier and many others.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Another hard question. I guess I’d like Panic!At the Disco’s “This is gospel”/”Emperor’s new clothes” to accompany my descent to Hell. 😀

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I always had a thing for tragic figures, tortured souls (LOL), and mental cases, and Tony Stark/Iron Man is one of them, even if not in the classical meaning. Either way, I’ll protect him with my life. And now I’ll brag a little, and I’ll say that my characters are also my heroes/heroines in fiction!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Many artists and historical figures, like Elizabeth I, Oscar Wilde, Alfons Mucha, and Robert Downey JR.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I can’t be brief on this, sorry! Singing in the Rain, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Some like it Hot, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, La Ciociara, Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, The way we were, Yentl, Amadeus, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Titanic, Moulin Rouge!, Elizabeth, The Hours, Iron Man, A Single Man, The Judge. And most of the Disney’s Golden and Renaissance eras. Do yourself a favor.

What role plays art in my life and work? It plays a main role in my life. In my family we are (or we’ve been) all artists, so I guess I was somehow destined.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? NikeMV (https://nikemv.deviantart.com/) is definitely my partner in crime! We often share opinions about art, books, music and whatnot, and plan artsy things together.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I’d like to work with some other big editors, both from my country and not.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? I’d like to meet other self-publishers artsy friends, but right now I’m more into enjoyng my filled-with-work solitude.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Aside from my comic Sex Therapy, which is an erotic spinoff of a bigger story I’m trying to put into a novel, or a three chapters comic, I’d really like to work on another sketchbook or tutorial book, and push my limits to provide more and diverse portfolios.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

Hopefully you will see my webcomic Sex Therapy on Filthy Figments (http://filthyfigments.com/) in April. In the meantime you can follow me on my artistic socials and hear me sing on YT, just typing my name (Fiammetta De Innocentis):

https://fidisart.deviantart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/fidisart/

http://fidisart.tumblr.com/https://www.facebook.com/FidisArt/https://twitter.com/FidisARThttps://www.artstation.com/fidisarthttps://www.behance.net/fidisart

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When you’re down, there’s still something left. You can still rely on your art. Art saved me in many ways, even when I struggled with it.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I’ll suggest Martina Lieto (web designer) and Marianovella Sinicropi (illustrator).

How can you contact me?

Follow me on my artistic socials or email me at fiammetta.deinnocentis@gmail.com.

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