The Heroine’s Journey of Ariel Vittori

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
The best thing for me is that sweet moment of perfect flow, when you’re taking a challenge head on (telling a specific story, fulfilling a client commission, etc) and coming out on top by producing something functional and also expressing yourself.
But aside from that moment of grace, the day-to-day quest to better yourself through your creative work, and also the other way around: your creative work becoming richer by bettering yourself.
 
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
I don’t believe there is such a thing, but I don’t think that’s bad. I feel like my emotions and my energy are always moving and evolving, and accepting that completely through highs and lows feels close to happiness for me.
 
What is my greatest fear?
Losing my ability to express myself visually because of physical injury or worse. I want to feel like I could overcome that, but I don’t know whether such a tragedy would be too much.
 
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
My anxiety, which has many different facets to it and almost all of them holding me back. I can be too anxious to be liked, too anxious about decisions I’ve made or decisions I can’t make precisely because of how anxious the possible outcomes make me… I try to breathe deep and move past these intrusive thoughts everyday.
 
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
Rebecca Mock for her ability to go from beautiful linework, to a completely painterly and more realistic style, moving from animation to illustration to comics with ease. On top of that, she is always kind and easygoing.
 
What is my greatest extravagance?
I feel like the bar for something to be extravagant for creatives is so high, I’m not sure any of my quirks qualify. Maybe my childish and undying love of pokémon, but then again many fellow illustrators and comic artist share it.
 
On what occasion would I lie?
I would never! (This is a lie.)
 
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
The parts where the foundations look shaky: when it shows that my anatomy or perspective is not as solid as it should be. I study as much as I can to change that.
 
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
Painting the illustrations for Minimenù (Attaccapanni Press, 2018), hands down. Food and bright colors, a relaxed deadline, a pet project. Doesn’t get better than that!
 
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would give myself a more stable confidence level, and a healthy extra dose of consistency. And maybe longer eyelashes, on a whim.
 
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I think curating and making comics about open, positive sexuality, removing the shame we associate with sex and specific sexual practices or identities. This was possible both in the anthology Melagrana (Attaccapanni Press, 2017) and in my graphic novel Little Waiting (Slowcomix, 2016), but also strongly in my guest comics for the Oh Joy Sex Toy! webcomic.
 
Where would I most like to live?
I love New York, honestly, but Italy’s gorgeous too so I feel right at home where I am. Maybe a bigger house in the center of Rome but near a park, if I can dream.
 
What is my most treasured possession?
I love many objects, I can be quite materialistic. Is it too much to say all of the original art by others, all my prints, all my books?
 
What is my most marked characteristic?
I’m a small, bubbly pink presence in most contexts. I would say maybe my warmth, from what other people tell me.
 
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 
 
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
My parents’ place, because my dad is a Chef – so it really doesn’t get better than that for me, really.
 
What books influenced my life and how?
Watchmen by Alan Moore first showed me in my teenage years just how much comics could DO, and that made me fall in love with the medium completely.
Hadrian’s Memoirs by Marguerite Yourcenar shaped instead my love of expressing intricate, intimate thoughts, with its depth and delicate intensity.
But there’s too many, in many ways, to list.
 
Who are my favorite writers?
Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Italo Calvino.
 
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Musical soundtracks, singing my heart out: no need to care how much I’m out of tune, is there?
 
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
I would say Pearl from Steven Universe, right now. She has so much weakness and anxiety but through love and force of will she comes through, showing real strenght and resolve.
 
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
In this difficult political climate for me it is the people risking their lives and volunteering their time and resources to help immigrants come to a better place, and stay there. Stay here.
 
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The Prince of Egypt, a masterpiece of animation with gorgeous backdrops, direction, character design, and filled with amazing musical pieces.
 
What role plays art in my life and work?
It is the true intent behind them both. I do not think all work ends up having artistic value, but I strive for it to be so as much as I can, and aside from my work I fill up my life with others’ art, trying to experience as much beauty as I can.
 
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
It’s two people! My best friend, Laura Guglielmo, truly the perfect partner in crime and a powerhouse of ideas and skills, a constant presence even when far away, who founded the indie label Attaccapanni Press with me and makes me a better artist everyday.
And my partner in life, Mirko Failoni, also an illustrator and sharing my studio, supporting me through thick and thin, cooking when I’m too busy working, drawing on my stuff when I’m going crazy and can’t figure something out.
 
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
I’d love to work with Oh Joy Sex Toy, and owners Erika and Matthew, again. And, really, more US clients in general!
 
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
I’d love to meet Thomas Campi and Andrea Serio, I absolutely adore their work.
 
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
A still secret book project with Laura Guglielmo, that probably won’t be out ’til next year!
 
Where can you see me or my work?
On my website, www.arielvittori.com, and on social media:
 
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion needs an outlet, it finds a way. You may stop doing comics but maybe you start editing them or writing about them or you move onto another field, or something else entirely. You may stop making it your profession… but you never really stop doing it.
 
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Martina Naldi, Claudia ‘La Nuke’ Razzoli, Sara Menetti.
 
How can you contact me?
Through the email you can find on my website, eryslash[@]gmail.com!
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