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Home Journal Kindred Tales | Giada Maestra | Illustrator

Tell us about your work and how you became an illustrator?

Thanks to my family, I’ve been immersed in a creative environment since I was a kid, learning about photography, painting and sculpture.
The most challenging time for me was definitely those in which I studied fashion in Venice; I will always remember the wonderful feeling I felt when I discovered life drawing, I couldn’t stop! Since then I just kept experimenting with different subjects and techniques, looking for my own ‘style’. I felt the need to move on from fashion illustration and to explore different and more personal topics, together with finding better tools to represent them. In 2019 I started digitally drawing with Procreate. In 2020, in full pandemic, I started an MA in illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

I work both on private commissions and for independent magazines, brands and non-profit organisations.

What inspires your work?

The everyday really. I’m fascinated by the ordinary and the unnoticed, especially people and places observed during my long walks in my neighbourhood. A lot of my drawings come from personal experiences, especially when I talk about women.

What’s your first memory of dogs being in your life?

When I was a little girl, my uncle had this beautiful dog, his name was Matley.
He was so jealous of me getting everyone’s attentions that he used to nibble my shoes every time I got close to the adults! I remember myself trying to do anything to make him love me and to give him a cuddle, failing miserably all the time. Just one of my many unrequited loves.
Later on, when I was at primary school, my parents got me a small-size mutt; I loved him from the first time I saw him with his brothers. We grew up together and we were inseparable, after school he was always sitting there, waiting for me with my dad. He sadly left me years ago, at the age of 11 and I still miss him a lot.
One day, not too far away, there will definitely be another dog in my life!

Where’s your favourite place to go for a walk?

Oh, I have thousands of marvellous places in mind! I love discovering new places, especially here in London, where every corner reveals a new world, and everything changes so fast. You’ll never walk the same path twice! In general North/North East London is my favourite area for my everyday exploration, but when I need a proper break, you’ll surely find me somewhere in Hampstead Heath. 

If you could be a breed of dog for the day which breed would you be and why?

That’s a difficult question to answer, maybe a Dalmatian? When I was a kid, I used to have a stuffed Dalmatian because I was obsessed with the 101 and I really wanted a spotted puppy! They’re so beautiful, intelligent and attentive with they loved ones.
I can already see myself living in New York, sleeping all day on a leather couch and waking up just to eat and to go for a long walk with my owner in Central Park, extraordinary!

You can follow Giada Maestra on her adventures on Instagram and check out her work here

Kindred Tales | Giada Maestra | Illustrator