Scifipulse recently had the privilege of interviewing comics colourist Enrica Eren Angiolini. Indeed, Angiolini has worked on a variety of projects throughout her career. From DC Comics’ Harley Quinn Black + White + Red to Warhammer 40,000 and the Thirteenth Doctor series. During this interview Angiolini talks her influences, her comic Temerity and what her dream project would be.
SFP: What got you into drawing?
Eren Angiolini: I’ve always loved drawing, since I was a kid. I don’t think anything specifically made me start drawing, I always found it fun and it’s been a favourite hobby of mine throughout my entire life. But I can definitely say I’ve been lucky to have been brought up by very creative parents that have always supported and fueled my creativity. And that surely helped and motivated me!
SFP: What artists and styles would you say you’re most influenced by?
Eren Angiolini: As I mentioned, I’ve grown up in a family of art lovers: both my parents love illustration and comics, especially iconic European artists like Gipi, Moebius and Bilal, or the dreamy stories of American cartoonist Winsor McCay. Those were all very present in my childhood, together with Mickey Mouse (“Topolino” in Italy) which I bought and read every week. In my teens I fell in love with the comic W.I.T.C.H., by Barbucci&Canepa, which inspired me a lot and had a huge influence on me.
Later on, the same artistic duo released “Sky-Doll”, which, with its darker setting and heavy thematics, and still wonderfully drawn and coloured, completely enraptured me. To this day, it is the comic series that influenced me the most. Between High School and University I delved more into the world of American superhero comics and manga/anime, two very different worlds, but both very important to me as well. In High School I also discovered DeviantART and the international online art community, which played a huge part in my art growth and started paving the way to what is my career.
SFP: Do you have any advice for those wanting to break into illustration?
Eren Angiolini: I’m not really a full time illustrator, I’m a full time colourist who also does illustration, so I’m not fully immersed in the world of professional illustration, but I know many people who are, and I know that the comics and illustration fields are quite similar. It’s a tough job and you have to work hard. There’s no shortcuts: just lots of work and the need to put yourself out there and always strive for improvement. One thing I would say is: social media popularity doesn’t bring work. Lots of young artists fall into the trap that to be a successful illustrator or comic artist you need to have a big following, or that a big following means money or stability. That’s not true. Art Directors or companies will hire you for your skills, so work on those and don’t waste time worrying about numbers online.
SFP: Following on from that question, do you think that studying illustration at university is necessary to becoming a professional illustrator?
Eren Angiolini: Absolutely not. I didn’t go to art school, nor did I attend any art classes at any stage of my career. I studied languages from High School to University (I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Culture and Language). Some Art Schools and Art Degrees are great and can be very helpful, but they are not necessary, if you can’t afford them or if you simply want to study something else, or if you’re in a different line of work. You can find so many online resources, or online course providers like Schoolism and Skillshare, that can help you along your path, without having to attend a very expensive University. One thing that going to Art School gives you though, is the fact that you’re surrounded by people who probably have very similar interests and that can create a beautiful sense of community. I found that community online, but many people thrive when they can immerse in that type of atmosphere in person.
SFP: Please can you tell us about your comic Temerity?
Eren Angiolini: “Temerity” is one of the many comic projects I work on as a colourist. It’s a collaboration with writer Jemma M. Young and penciler Chad Hardin. Jemma and Chad offered me to work with them on this gorgeous sci-fi comic project a couple of years ago, and we recently published the second issue of the comic. It’s a story of space adventures, with two main characters that have nothing in common, but end up being on the same “team” and need to make it work.
SFP: Who is your favourite character to colour and why?
Eren Angiolini: In “Temerity”, my favourite character to colour is probably Naia, the purple skinned alien! She’s always so energetic, expressive and colourful, so she’s lots of fun to colour. If I had to say which among all the characters I’ve coloured so far is my favourite, it’d have to be Batman, from my “Justice League: Last Ride” series, published by DC (script by Chip Zdarsky and pencils by Miguel Mendonça). Batman has been a favourite of mine since I was kid, so it means a lot for me to officially work on Batman comics.
SFP: What would be your dream project to illustrate?
Eren Angiolini: I’d love to draw something official for the Dungeons and Dragons show Critical Role. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years, and already made several fanart pieces, so working with them would be a dream come true.
SFP: And finally, who would win in a battle royale between the 13th Doctor, Missy, Black Widow and Captain Marvel?
Eren Angiolini: I’d say probably Captain Marvel! Her powers and strength of will are hard to beat!
Scifipulse would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes to Eren Angiolini for so graciously taking the time to answer our questions.
Her Twitter: @ErenAngiolini
Eren’s Facebook page is Eren – Enrica Angiolini Art | Facebook
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