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Celebrating Children's Books - Meet Monica Rondino

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Today my guest illustrator is the talented illustrator, Monica Rondino.

 

monica rondino

 

I asked Monica to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

I live in Rome, Italy, with my boyfriend and collaborator Andrea Pucci. Even though I've always loved to draw, I studied languages but when I couldn't find a job after finishing high school, I decided  to follow my heart and take an illustrating comics course and then a Master in 2D animation. It was while working in a studio when I was on this course that I met Andrea.

We worked in 2D animation field for almost 10 years and at the same time we worked in illustration, comics and graphic design.

When we'd finished our 2D animation experience we moved more to the illustration field, doing comics and book covers and comics inking. Some years ago I decided to try to do illustrations for children’s books because it was something I'd dreamt of doing since I was a child. I was so lucky to met Jennifer Poulter a great Australian author, who gave us  the opportunity to illustrate one. This book, titled “TOOFS” was published for the first time in 2013 by an indy Australian publishing house. It will be soon republished with a new cover and new editing by Lulu.

Here's the cover

 

toofs cover

BLURB

The Wolf Family have famously BIG teeth, but when Baby Wolf BITES, they ALL take fright! 

A humorous story to help older children, families & carers cope with teething babies and toddlers who bite! A picture book with a rhyming element for 3 to 6 year olds.  A picture book highlighting the problems in sibling relationships when an older child suffers whilst a younger sibling is teething.

It sounds fun, Monica. And just what parents with toddlers need!

What sort of illustrations do you like to draw?

Mostly I love to draw cute animals,a lot of mice, or I try to draw them cute but lately I begun to add children. I use my imagination but often illustrations comes from something that I saw or heard. Mostly I work with  digital but I love watercolors too.

Look at these cute mice!

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What was your favourite children’s book when you were a child?

When I was I child I loved Beatrix Potter books and Winnie the Pooh. And I still love them

What’s your top tip for new illustrators?

Draw, draw and draw. You never finish learning. I didn’t love drawing children very much but continued to draw them, often just doodles, but I've discovered that the more I practice more I like it. But, in the end, you must feel happy when you draw.

What do you like most about illustrating children’s books?

I feel happy. I like the process when you need to create a character from nowhere and the fact that if the author give you the opportunity you can use your imagination with almost no limitation, something that in a lot of artistc work you can’t do.

What illustration are you most proud of?

An old illustration with a mouse on a hot-air balloon.I love the character but I love the perspective  the most. I don’t like drawing perspective very much.

 

monica_rondino_hot-air balloon

 

Here are some more of Monica's wonderful illustrations

 

monica_rondino_doodle                monica_rondino_circus

You can find out more about Monica here:

Website:  http://www.theartofpuro.com

Blog:  http://theartofpuro.blogspot.it

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartof.puro

TOOFS facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TOOFSchildrenbook

Author website : http://jenniferrpoulter.weebly.com

 

Thanks for dropping by, Monica. :)

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  1. Jennifer

    Great interview with Monica! Thanks so much Karen!:) Monica is a joy to collaborate with, she has such wonderful playfulness and whimsy in her creations! I love her work!:)

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