An interview with the winner of our Festival logo competition

Giada's winning logo

Giada’s winning logo

On Monday I was delighted to unveil Giada Giusti’s logo as the winning entry to our competition for a design for the Festival of Children’s Literature we’re holding in Birmingham on November 9 2013.

I’ve since had the opportunity to talk a little with Giada about her work, and today I share that interview with you, and a sample of her portfolio.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
My name is Giada and I work as an illustrator and graphic designer. I’m a graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design. I’ve drawn ever since I was a child, and I particularly enjoy character design. I love illustration, graphic novels, animation and photography – and I always draw to music!

Image: Giada Giusti

Image: Giada Giusti

How would you describe your own style?
I think that my style mixes traditional drawing and digital art. It is a little bit ironic and Gothic too.

What were your favourite books as a child?
When I was a child one of my favourite books was Alice in Wonderland. I also loved Maurice Sendak’s illustrations for Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear, No Kiss for Mother by Tomi Ungerer, and The Wizard of Oz.

Image: Giada Giusti

Image: Giada Giusti

Which children’s illustrators living now do you particularly admire?
There are many artists that I admire, one being Lisbeth Zwerger. Two Italians illustrators I particularly like are Maurizio A. C. Quadrello and Sergio Mara.

Why did you want to become an illustrator?
I decided to became an illustrator because of my passion for drawing and because of my capacity to create and imagine the characters of the stories. Illustration is a way of representing specific moments in a tale, and I find that very interesting.

Image: Giada Giusti

Image: Giada Giusti

Have you already illustrated any children’s books?
I’ve illustrated a short novel for a magazine called “Dall’Italia” and others short stories for children’s books contests.

Is there a classic story e.g. a fairy tale, which you’d particularly like to illustrate? If so, why that particular story?
I don’t have any preference for any particular classic story to illustrate – they all have something a little mysterious, with plenty of fantasy – so all of them are appealing!

Image: Giada Giusti

Image: Giada Giusti

What are you working on right now?
Currently I’m working on a series of illustrations for an exhibition and I’m working as a graphic designer.

Giada’s website: http://www.giadagiusti.it/
Giada on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giada.giusti.9
Giada on Twitter: @ru_giada

Image: Giada Giusti

Image: Giada Giusti

Our thanks go to Giada for creating such a striking logo for our festival, and we wish her every success in her career.

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