Tell us about your work.
What are some of your illustrations that have been published?
Many of my works that was a group project have been published. But the projects I have worked on by myself the list is not as long, but this is my first year that I that I have worked alone. However, you can find my work in three I-phone applications, I have created a CD cover, a book cover, and I have illustrated several others illustrations. I currently working on a series of four children’s books, so, you will see my work out there shortly.
Where can some of your illustration creations be found.
You can view some of my illustrations on my website, http://alessandroveneart.com/ and on the Inky Illustrations Agency’s website at http://www.inkyillustration.com/artists/22-artists/22-alessandro-vene.
The current children’s book project will not be available for viewing until they are released by the publisher.
How do you come up with the visual portrayal of characters in books?
If is a character that I’m inventing, I just mix my experience, with what I have read, people that I meet, or movies and documentaries that I have seen. If it is someone else’s character I just try to blend my vision with my client’s vision.
How is being an illustrator different than other graphic artist?
There is a common base, but a graphic designer will spend most of the time working on the complete image and format. An illustrator’s focus is to bring one small part of the big picture to life.
Why and when did you begin?
Although this was my passion, I was specializing in another field. Then by chance, I began the blog a little more than a year ago, and people started contacting me.
What is your working schedule? Is this your fulltime profession, or do you do other things as well?
My work schedule is flexible, but demanding. It is more than a full-time profession. Creating an illustration takes a lot of time, effort and passion.
Do you usually work directly with authors, or with the publishers?
I usually work with the authors.
Is there something that writers should know about time and cost of having their books illustrated?
Illustrating is a very demanding and time consuming work. It depends on the project and its requirements.
Do you ever design just book covers?
Yes, I have done one, and I hope to do it more in the future.
What things should an author know when they are thinking about working with an illustrator?
They should know that it’s hard to blend the image in their mind with the image in the illustrators mind.
What kind of advice or tips to you have for someone who wants to have their books illustrated?
Like every artist I will never be satisfied, I feel like my work is evolving every day.
If you have any questions you wish to ask me, the easiest way to contact me is with an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (808-238-1696).