7AT1STROKE – that’s seven questions a day for comic artists and illustrators. This time: Thea Tiranti.
Thea Tiranti was born in 1999 and grew up in Bra, a small town in northern Italy.
Why did you start drawing?
Drawing has always been natural for me, a need since when I was a child, so I don’t remember why I started drawing. I know why I kept doing it, though: because I think it’s one of the simplest but most complex ways to communicate.
How would you describe your style?
What a tough question… I think I don’t have a defined style yet, mostly because I like too much to range between different styles and drawing techniques. Anyway, I like having lots of options: it gives me more freedom of choice and means I’m less likely to get bored while working.
Which topics are particularly close to your heart?
I think any illustrator’s work should be deeply connected with the issues affecting the society we live in, but also It’s very important to me that a part of my work explores a more personal and emotional dimension. These are, in my opinion, the best ways to communicate concepts, to reach people and to contribute, in my small way, to make this world a better place.
How do you find inspiration?
It may sound common, but I get a little inspiration from everything around me: art, music, literature, poems, nature, cinema and all those things that make up my personal Cabinet of Curiosities, my Wunderkammer. This collection of ideas, fueled by continuous research, is the starting point for each of my illustrations.
What can comics, cartoons and illustrations accomplish that other media can‘t?
I think all images have a huge power: they can make abstract concepts visible, concrete, and therefore more understandable. Illustrations and drawings can also make the fantasy true, even without connection with reality.
Your most beautiful/worst experience as a comic artist/illustrator?
I can say that my best experience as an illustrator isn’t just one, it’s every time I finish a drawing and I feel proud of what I created. That sense of completeness that suddenly comes when I’m tired, my back hurts, my hands are sore and stained with colors and ink (sometimes virtual), is the best reward I can think about. My worst experience is related to this, because of course it’s a huge disappointment when I reach my goal and someone I admire tells me that it isn’t good enough.
Can you complete the sentence: „It matters to me that…“ for us?
It matters to me that coffee and chocolate never run out, and that sooner or later everyone’s right to have them will be recognized, along with every single right not yet recognized and guaranteed.