Daniela Tieni is a freelance painter and illustrator who works from beautiful Rome, Italy. Her works have been assigned to various publishers and magazines such as Grazia.it, Rouergue & L’atelier du poisson soluble.
- Bologna Children›s Book Fair 2017
- 3X3 International Illustration Awards No.13
- Ilustrarte 2016
- Ilustrarte 2014
- Bologna Children›s Book Fair 2012
- Ilustrarte 2012
- Cj Picture Book 2011
- Ilustrarte 2009
• When did you start to dedicate to the world of illustration?
I started to dedicate myself to the illustration after my studies in Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. This work could be more congenial to use my expressiveness. I understood that I could draw telling something, and returning something with my painting or drawing through a story.
• How do you define your illustrations?
This is hard to say! I certainly do not have a realistic or too abstract style.
• What can you tell me about your publications or books? What are the latest?
The last books I’ve worked on: «À quoi rêve Marco?» Éditions du Rouergue (France); “Ça change tout!” L’atelier du Poisson Soluble (France) and «Il catalogo dei giorni» published by the Italian publishing house Kite Edizioni.
• With what technique are you more comfortable?
Acrylic, pencils and digital.
• Have you published outside your country?
Yes, I do.
• How is children’s publishing industry in your country?
In Italy, where I live, the children’s book market is quite active and lively but they are the small publishing houses to publish the most experimental and brave work.
• Is it very different from what is done in your country from other countries? What are your influences, international illustrators?
No…I always work in the same way. There are many illustrators I love! I mention a couple: Maira Kalman and Kitty Crowther.
• Who are some of the other artists you take inspiration from?
Really many others! Louise Bourgeois, William Kentridge, Felix Vallotton...
• What is your best piece of advice for young artists who are getting started as creators of children`s books?
Work hard, always be focused on what you do. Study and improve.