This month we caught up with Italian artist Fiammetta Dogi to ask her how she creates her intricate nature inspired illustrations.
Please tell us about how you create your artwork. What is the process and what tools do you use?
My work is created entirely traditionally. My multi-layered artwork is executed in mixed water based media. I start using an airbrush, then I paint on top using a small brush adding more and more detail.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
Nature has been always a strong source of inspiration for me. The beauty of the natural world is in the details and I try to capture some of the wonder that exists in nature. There is a “Publisher Weekly” review about my work that says “Dogi paints with an eye toward detail, be it the ragged edges of a decaying autumn leaf or the nubbly skin of a toad”. These words make me happy.
How did you get into illustration?
When I was a little girl I was attracted to all beautiful illustrations and I collected wrapping paper, greeting cards, stickers, books…everything with pretty pictures on. My love of painting began at an early age so once I grew up and learned that those images were actually created by professional artists I immediately realised what to do in life. I entered into professional illustration when I was still a student creating artwork for magazines for publishers from my city, Florence (Italy).
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a board book titled “Wild Backyard” for an American publisher, The Creative Company.
What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?
Love what you do. Steve Jobs said “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” , I totally agree. Also, my personal three “P” formula is: passion, patience, and perseverance.
See Fiammetta’s full portfolio here.