Monica Auriemma
The Small People

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The "big-small" subject has always fascinated me. As a child, I thought the world was oversized for me. As an adult (being 150cm tall) this feeling sometimes remained. My sketches were full of tiny beings who perform great feats. Working on commission, I never had time. Then life, with its difficulties, helped me change my priorities. I found the time, the Small People were born.

How was the illustration used:
These illustrations are part of a book project. It will look like an ‘objet-trouvé’, an old scrapbook with photos, newspaper clippings and notes, that chronicles great feats of the mysterious Small People, tiny beings who came in our world to collaborate with us. The Small People work always in a team, helped by bizarre old fashioned technologies, in harmony and connection with the natural world.

How did you make this work:
After historical research about sets, costumes and characters, I made sketches, then I hand-drawn everything on paper, scanning and editing with Photoshop. Fills are made by scanning paper, fabrics, various materials and hand-painted textures, combined with Photoshop brushes on Wacom Cintiq. Finally, I used blurs and colour adjustments to remind old photos.

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United Kingdom

Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples (Italy), Monica Auriemma starts her career as Set Designer, 15 years later she decides to fulfil her dream, to become an Illustrator. Her first picture book came out in 2005. A new phase started in 2012 when she moves to London. Now she works mostly with UK, US and Italian Publishers including Harper Collins, Fountas & Pinnell, Mondadori Education.