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Lucia Masciullo

Illustrator

Lucia is as a freelance illustrator specialising in children’s books. Since 2008 she has collaborated with Australian and English Publishers and has illustrated fifteen books, among which Come Down Cat! (CBCA Honour Book 2012) and the successful series Our Australian Girl. She likes to create whimsical characters and dynamic compositions and she works with traditional techniques, mixing watercolor, pencil and acrylic.

Where were you born?

I’m born and bred in Livorno, Italy, on the Tuscany coast.

What other jobs have you had?

I have been working as environmental guide (I studied Biology at the University of Pisa), summer camp activity manager and ski surveyor in Europe (yes—I have been paid to go skiing with a GPS in Switzerland, Sweden and Finland!).

What themes are recurring in your work?

If there is something recurring in my work is the fact that I do not like to repeat myself! Every new assignment or project is a new challenge and every time I like to look for the perfect style even if it’s something completely different from the way I have approached a project before. I love to draw whimsical characters and when I am given the opportunity I love to create imaginary worlds around them where they can comfortably exist. I think this really sparks the imagination of the readers and when it happens, it is something I am really proud of.

Where have your works been published?

My print books have been published in Australia and New Zealand, UK, Spain, Korea and Taiwan. My digital books are distributed worldwide on the App Store.

What are you passionate about?

As visual artist I love all the images that can surprise me: unusual artworks, original movies, witty picture books, stunning views … things like these.

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