When you ask Italian illustrator Sofia Sita where she might be in five years, her answer might surprise you. "I could be anywhere! On the moon?" Is she a space cadet? No. But chat a little longer with Sofia, and you'll realise that throughout her life she has constantly been on the move.
Having grown up in northern Italy in Ferrara, Sofia travelled extensively with her family throughout her childhood, from Romagna to Veneto to Lombardia and even Switzerland for some time. Currently based in Dundee, Scotland, we're beginning to realise how it might be hard for her to picture where she'll be a little further down the track!
A colourful background has undoubtedly rubbed off on the curious creative who now draws inspirations from all things living, breathing and bubbly. "I like felt markers, colours, bubble soap, books, music and smiling", all wonderful things that take shape somehow or other in her work.
The bright colours and warm characters have a nostalgic quality to them that evoke feelings of yesteryear, drawing you in with their imaginative themes.
But enough from us. Take a look and enjoy for yourself!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an Italian illustrator based in Dundee, Scotland. I’ve studied Fine Arts in Milan and Editorial Illustration in Bologna.
Here I’ve learnt to open my mind and understand that you can do art with everything and with any medium you like, not only canvas and acrylics. Later I realised I was interested in illustration, specifically magazine illustration so I decided to do a master in Editorial Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.
I like felt markers, colours, bubble soap, books, music and smiling.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Ferrara (Emilia Romagna) but I travelled a lot with my family. We lived in Locarno (Swizterland), Ponte Caffaro (Trentino Alto Adige), Mesola (Emilia Romagna), Ca di David (Veneto), Lecco (Lombardia) and now I’m in Dundee (Scotland) with my boyfriend. As you can imagine, I love travel!
Did you always know this was the path you wanted to take?
I knew I wanted to draw but, at the beginning, I didn’t know what I could do. I changed my mind a lot of times!
When I was in the high school I wanted to become a Diddle designer (it was a character made by Thomas Goletz and used for stationery), a Disney cartoonist, an illustrator of “Goosebumps” (a horror book series) and so on...
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Five years is a lot of time! I could be anywhere! On the moon?
If you had all creative freedom, what would you do?
I would like to do a really big project where I can also involve people and travel.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with?
I would like to be involved with the “The monster project”. You can see it here: http://themonsterproject.org
I think is a great way to involve children and illustrator as well. To show them how powerful their imagination is and what they can do with it in future.
Who inspires you?
A lot of illustrators and artists inspire me but also other things.
It’s impossible to list all of them, but some of my favourites are Alan Aldridge, Hanna Barczyk, Lorenzo Gritti, Aad Goudappel, Jean Jullien, Magoz, Alex Katz along many others.
I like colours, design, sixties, bubble soap, psychedelia, pop surrealism, pop art and packaging!
Have those inspirations changed over time?
I wouldn’t say they have changed but they've definitely evolved with my experience. At the beginning I had only a few inspirations but when you grow up, study at university and learn on your own, you start to have a bigger folder with lots of inspirations. These could be other illustrations or paintings but also photographs, books, songs and so on.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Something creative as well, or maybe a dog-sitter!