The Heroine’s Journey of Martina Rossi

What is the best thing that I love about my work? While drawing, it’s just me and the world I’m trying to create on paper. It is a unique and sincere moment in which I show myself for what I am. It’s nice to know that when it’s finished, other people will
have the chance to see it and maybe try the same things that I felt while I was doing it.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being able to live thanks to this work, in my house, with my partner and not to neglect the people I love. I would like to finally find a balance as a person and have the opportunity to meet many other people who allow me to open my head more, perhaps by writing new stories about them.

What is my greatest fear? That my projects fail. Waking up in a few years and realizing that what I did was not enough and that I could have lost the people I care about and the chance to do this work again. Or that while doing it, I do not succeed with my stories, to communicate what I would like to the reader.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The continuous self-criticism, which leads me to ask more and more of myself, making me discouraged by the things I do not understand, without appreciating the great steps I have taken.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Alan Lee. He is the main illustrator of the “Lord of the Rings”. With his art he managed to create something that has indelibly influenced millions of people in the world. His work is what convinced me
to start drawing.

What is my greatest extravagance? I am an ambitious person. Sometimes too much. I would immediately like to obtain important results and this makes me impatient when I realize that to achieve them I will have to spend a lot of time.

On what occasion would I lie? Not always telling the truth is the best thing. Sometimes people come to me because they need to let off steam and talk: but it’s just a period, they already know they’re doing things wrong but they just need understanding. In these moments we often already know what is the best thing to do, but we are tired. In these cases, I believe that being too honest does not work, you just have to help this person to let go of this feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? In my work I spend most of my time alone, this can increase my melancholy and my insecurities. I would like to have more often direct communication with the people I work with.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In Rome in 2016, when I signed my first contract as an illustrator for the publishing house “Lo Scarabeo” as a tarot designer.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Anxiety, fear and insecurity, which always try to stop me, especially when faced with new situations.

What is my greatest achievement in work? At my greatest success I am working right now. It’s a comic book that I’m writing with a friend, it’s the best job I’ve ever done and even the most challenging. I cannot wait for it to finish.

Where would I most like to live? In the mountains, close to nature. I love the cold and I have a very strong relationship with the mountains since I was a child. I grew up reading fairy tales and stories inspired by these landscapes, so I’m very interested.

What is my most treasured possession? A letter that the fantasy writer Terry Brooks wrote to me when I was a child. In this letter he encouraged me not to abandon my studies, hoping to become a great illustrator. I cried when I received it.

What is my most marked characteristic? Total intolerance towards all attitudes that undermine the thinking and preferences of others. I can not justify people like homophobes, racists, blasphemers, etc …

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I do not have a specific place. When I feel tired and I need to take a break, I begin to wander aimlessly along the oldest streets of Rome. They make me feel a little better and relax with their intimacy and

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The “Four green fields”, a historic Irish pub in Rome. I’ve been going there for years.

What books influenced my life and how? “Everything is illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.J R. Tolkien, and “Into the wild” by Jon Krakauer. They are very different books but they brought three very important questions in my life: the first taught me respect for the history of my family, the curiosity for the past and
the way it influences my way of being today. The second one saved me from a bad adolescence and brought me closer to drawing, I can say that it literally built me as a person. The third one taught me that one must always be master of oneself and one’s own life and that thinking outside the box can enrich us, it must not scare us. There is no obligation to live in a conventional way, if you do not want it.

Who are my favorite writers? Safran Foer, Tolkien and Krakauer, the reasons are the same as above I wrote that their books formed me as a person.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Bob Dylan’s “Song to Woody”. It speaks of a journey, of the path that we all carry out to grow and become who we want to be, but above all it is a thanksgiving to the people who have inspired us to be
better human beings.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Anyone who is able not to live only for himself, and who has the intelligence to understand that a life lived in respect of others and mutual help, is able to create a better world for those who live with us and
will come later.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “Everything is illuminated”

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is everything in my life, it’s my job, it’s what allows me to create and express my identity, giving life to a connection with others.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partner Lorenzo.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? There is not one person in particular. With colleagues who have the same desire to create something new and meaningful, without always thinking about the economic result of our trade.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Alan Lee. Without him, I would never have understood how important it was for me to draw.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’m already working on it. It’s my first project written and designed by me. It is very intimate and there is so much of my life in this project. I cannot wait for it to be finished.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I do not know, I do not want to create too many expectations and then feel disappointed. I prefer things to flow by following their path, with all the time they need. Only in this way can doors open that I still can
not imagine.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That I will never stop loving what I do. There will be times when I will not know how to proceed, in which
I will not have evidence and I will be sad, in which I will think to give up. But inside me there will always be something that will tell me to clench and move on. That will not allow me to give up.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
I would be very curious to read the story of Anna Cercignano.

How can you contact me?
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