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Beatrice Alemagna, Chiara Carrer. Italian Illustrators.

February 16, 2012

I’m planning a week away from the blog as I’ve a few things to do so feel free to explore older posts and things you might not have read already. In the meantime I’ll leave you with two talented Illustrators.  Catch you soon.  Craig

I constantly discover and marvel at the range and freedom that Childrens’ book illustrators abroad seem to have. Their work ranges from dark and creepy, something that British publishers appear to steer clear of, to weird, wonderful and often even slightly random, in terms of their drawing style or story content.

Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy.  At eight she decided that once grown up she would become a “painter and writer of novels”.  She has a wide range of styles including sewing and felt making her illustrations.  Her ‘Bugs In A Blanket’ book was a great success as people like it’s unusual format by using materials and strands of wool to create the images.

There’s evidence of quite a wild and vivid imagination at work as you can see below.

There’s a refreshing variety in her work, sketchy and often textural, which all helps to keep it fresh and inspiring.

Beatrice also has a keen eye when designing posters too.

Another Italian illustrator is Chiara Carrer who has been creating stories for children for over 20 years.

Born in Venice and graduated at the Academy of fine arts in Rome, she also studied engraving at the school of Ornamental arts of San Giacomo. Since 1990 she has published over one hundred books in Europe and has gained many important prizes and a mention for the Bologna ragazzi award Prima Infanzia at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Chiara’s work reminds me a little of the style of Sara Fanelli and incorporates, sketchy drawings, collage work, lined and graph paper, loose watercolours, inks and goache.

Valeria Petrone began her art education in her native Italy and then moved to London, to pursue further studies.

Valeria zooms around on a motor scooter, dividing her time between the historical center of Rome and the more modern area of Milan. In her wonderfully successful career, Valeria juggles high profile clients like United Airlines while always working on a children’s book. So far she has illustrated over twenty books that have been published in Japan, France, Italy and the U.S. Although Valeria has won many illustration awards, it was a especially exciting to receive a 2008 Gold Medal 3×3 for her book Il Pittoré.  More images from Valeria here.

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