The Heroine’s Journey of Giulia Valentini

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

There are many things I love about making art, the constant search for new things, the way it brings you to experience the world. But I think that what I love most is making other people feel things, you know? When someone tells me that a piece of work I did made them feel happy, or melancholic, or broke their heart (and that’s the most fun), that‘s when I truly feel accomplished, and when I tell myself “wow I love my job”.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t really think such thing exists? Happiness in an on itself is a fleeting and short-lived feeling. But if I had to describe a happy life, it would be a one without worries, anxieties, and loneliness.

What is my greatest fear?

I fear many things, but I think my greatest one is the fear of being forgotten. In every way it can be interpreted.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My insecurity and anxiety. I’m extremely self conscious of my shortcomings, of what I do that can be done better. I wish I could just be less critical ahah.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Oh well, there are many people I admire, both for their skills and for their character. I have a great deal of admiration for my former teacher Antonio de Luca, he’s both an amazing artist and a great person. I’m proud of having been his student.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I’m an artist! Isn’t that an extravagance itself? But really, maybe it’s the way I manage to fall head first into an obsession for something and not being able to dig myself out of it before an age has passed. At the moment is roleplaying and the characters I create for it (and growing dice collection)

On what occasion would I lie?

I never lie! (she said, lying)

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Mhh I guess it’s the uncertainty of it. I am a very anxious person, with a little bit of control issues, so not being able to know how things will turn out in a year from now, or even not knowing how well a project or illustration will do, that’s stressful.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I guess here and now!

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I wish I could stop relying on other’s opinion for my self esteem. Also a smaller nose would be nice ahah.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Exceeding my client’s expectations and…. Making 4k people on the internet cry and scream at me because of  sad art I guess?

Where would I most like to live?

Possibly near a pretty body of water and close to the people dear to me.

What is my most treasured possession?

My laptop. Sounds materialistic but honestly, my whole life is in it.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My resilience, I guess. I doubt myself and my abilities constantly, but backing down is not an option for me. Although my pride has a hand in that as well.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
The riverbank at the mouth of the river near where I live! It’s so pretty and dream-like, especially at sunset.

What books influenced my life and how?

All of the books I read influence me in some way to be honest, be it by showing me new things or just inspiring my imagination. I could not pinpoint a single one.

Who are my favorite writers?

Maggie Stiefvater!

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Probably something epic to lift myself up, like Two Steps from Hell, or Disney songs to sing along to.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Well, when I was a kid I wanted to be like Hermione ahah. Now I don’t know. Maybe it’s pretentious, but I put many of the qualities I would like to have into the characters I create for rpgs I play, so I guess they are my heroes.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

All of the people who go out of their way to make the world a little bit better. The volunteers, the teenagers fighting for a better future, the people who stay kind and helpful even in this unforgiving world.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The Prince of Egypt and its companion movie Joseph King of Dreams. Not only they are incredible from an artistic standpoint, but they hold important life lessons as well, regardless of your personal religious faith.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I’m at a point where it’s difficult for me to separate myself from my artist self, so I guess art is my life,

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My mom, who never stopped encouraging me to pursue art despite many difficulties, and who made me understand that I could never abandon my dreams. And my dear friend Martina, who’s always cheering for me and beating my self-doubt into submission. I thank the universe for that everyday.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

I would love to meet my artist friends, in person instead of just through internet.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I  can’t tell you much as they’re project from the studio I work at, but I am so excited to work on a new videogame!

Where can you see me or my work?

I have my portfolio at https://www.artstation.com/giuliavalentini
and I have a patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/kurocyou
I also post my art on
• https://twitter.com/kurocyouART
• https://instagram.com/kuro.cyou/
• http://kurocyou.tumblr.com/
• https://facebook.com/kurocyou

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

To me, it means that the drive that pushes me to learn, grow as an artist and as a person, and to create doesn’t really stop with work. It’s something that’s always there 24/7, shaping my life completely. It’s not something that will go away anytime soon.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 
Suzanne Helmigh, Martina “Rum is for Drinking” Luciani, Nipuni.

How can you contact me?
you can send me a mail at giul.valentini@gmail.com!
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