The Heroine’s Journey of Arinela Kociko

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I’m a Comic book artist – illustrator, and what I love about my work is that I can be creative every day, which makes me happy.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Balance, you cannot be happy all the time and always do what you desire. The world does not work like this, sometimes you have to let it go. When you learn to accept this then, I think, you can be truly happy.

What is my greatest fear?  To lose someone I love.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? That sometimes I misjudge people, and I expect them to react in the same way I was going to. But we are all different people with complicated minds.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Oh they are so many, but I would like to mention two extremely talented women, Fiona Staples and Sara Pichelli, their work is amazing.

What is my greatest extravagance? That I’m very stubborn and I can’t let it go. I always say what is in my mind and sometimes I don’t think too much about it.

On what occasion would I lie? To protect someone, but even then I will regret it.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That, sometimes, it can isolates you from the world and the people around you.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I was at my first Comic Con event and people start seeing and liking my artwork and also when I hold in my hands the first comic book I published.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My confidence, I will like to be more confident about myself and my art.

What is my greatest achievement in work? The love and support I’m receiving from people.

Where would I most like to live? I love Italy, I will have the chance to live there for the next year and I’m very excited about it.

What is my most treasured possession? My comic book collection.

What is my most marked characteristic? I consider that Im kind, I think is very important to be kind to one another.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? There is small cafe near to Acropolis that gives you the vibe and the inspiration to draw and create beautiful art.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? A new place I have found in Athens, the Kings Theater!

What books influenced my life and how? I like to read book about philosophy and history. Im studying Philosophy and History of Science at National University of Athens. My studies really changed my prospection of the world.

Who are my favorite writers? Dostoyevsky and Shakespeare.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would listen Queen, for sure!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Doctor Who! Yes I’m a Whovian!!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents and every parent who abandon their country in order to chase a better future for their children.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Just one? Pff this is a tough one…I think the “Like Stars on Earth” and “ Howl’s Moving Castle.

What role plays art in my life and work? For me art is a way of living, you can find art everywhere. And to be part of that, creating art and shared it with the world i think is amazing.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  My mother for sure, she always supports me and tries to do the best for me. She gives me advice about my art and encourage me to follow my dreams.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? There are so many, I cant name only one.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? Hayao Miyazaki, he is a legend, I love his work.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I have a new idea about a comic book but I cant really tell more right now. I’m very excited about it.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019? This year for me is going to be more experimenting because I would like to try different styles in my artwork.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That if you have a passion and you love it you can never stop. I think I will draw till the day I cant move my hands.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Catherine Folatre, she is a great French painter.

How can you contact me?

http://www.arinela.com

arinelakociko@gmail.com

@arinelakociko

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