Chiara: Well, when I start working on a new book I usually look for real pictures in internet or copy scenes from real life -animals, people and landscapes- I make a folder in my PC and then I start sketching.
Chiara: I think you should 'feel' what you are illustrating. Sometimes when you have commissions it is not always easy to, as you have deadlines and not so much time to 'enter' in the book. And sometimes you may not like the subject too much. So you have to find a way to love what you are illustrating anyway. More books you make, more fluid becomes the process. And when I draw animals -like in this book- it comes really easy to me!
Chiara: I have a blog (chiarapasqualotto.blogspot.com) and each time a new book comes out I create a page for it in my Facebook. I like to promote my books with interviews (blogs and radios, but not TV!) if it happens, and also with presentations in bookshops and libraries. When I present the book the librarians or bookshop vendors sometimes organize workshops for children where I teach them how to draw animals. I love book-signing and children questions!
Chiara: I love the fact that in making illustrations you create a new reality, where a bear can plant his flowers in his garden and a raccoon can sadly find that her fridge is empty. And after that you have drawn it, it becomes real.
Chiara: I am going to start a very nice project with a French publisher, but it is really at the beginning and I cannot say much yet (I just have the text and some sketches done).
&nsp; &bnsp; In the future I would really love to make a book with etchings; I have been attending a two-year intaglio school and I really love the whole process, so I'd love to find a publisher who appreciates the quality of hand-made work and doesn't make me rush, but this is very rare: some sometimes are even complaining that I do everything by hand!