The Hero’s Journey of Massimiliano Aurelio

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Drawing. I would draw 24 hours a day If I could .
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
That one day may last 48 hours. 24 to devote to my work and the other 24 to my family.
What is my greatest fear?
Well, as a father, my greatest fear is that something bad may happen to my son.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I can be very lazy.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
First of all Will Eisner and Jean Jacques Sempé.What is my greatest extravagance?
I have a big passion for useless things. For example, in 2018 I still love to buy CDs
On what occasion would I lie?
I read that there are two types of lies, normal lies and white lies. A white lie is a lie that you say in order to please and don’t hurt somebody. Well, sometimes, I am a white liar.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Definitely tight deadlines and delayed payments.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I was quite satisfied when I worked for an advertising agency. But I am thousand times happier since I work as a freelance illustrator.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I’d like to be more systematic and organized.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Creating illustrations for clients with whom I have always dreamt to work with. For example five years ago I had succeeded with Rolling Stone and lately I managed to work with The Guardian.
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?
Creating without any anxiety or stress.
Where would I most like to live?
I love Milan but, having been born and raised in a seaside town, I would gladly move my desk on the seashore.
What is my most treasured possession?
My Curiosity and Creativity
What is my most marked characteristic?
Despite is fifteen years that I live in Milan, when I speak my Pugliese cadence is always unchanged
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
The walking path from my house to my studio. Even better with headphones and music blaring
What is my favourite place to eat and drink in my city?
The place that I preferred in these years is Elita, near the Navigli.
I do not have a preference for restaurants but I love to frequent Maido, a Japanese streetfood.
What books influenced my life and how?
I can not list them all but I’ll tell you the first I read: “Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo” (that I read when I was 16 years old) and the last one, “Barbarian days” by William Finnegan
Chi sono i miei scrittori preferiti? I love Niccolo Ammaniti, Nick Hornby and Joe R. Lansdale
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
This is a nice question and definitely the choice is hard. However, that day (hoping it will be as far as possible). I would listen “A day in the life” by the Beatles
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Spiderman and especially his human ego, Peter Parker.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Marco Van Basten, Paolo Maldini, Michael Jordan.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Many movies but, if I should choose three of them, I would say: “Once Upon a Time in America”, “The shining”, “Il secondo tragico fantozzi”.
What role plays art in my life and work?
So much. Too much.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
All my best friends, my relatives and my wife Eliana.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
By the end of the year I’m going to publish a book with Brian Freschi, a young and very brilliant writer.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
I have already had the opportunity to meet and work with many people I appreciate very much. But I have always admired Roberto Recchioni and meeting him and talking to him would make me very happy.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
It’s a secret at the moment but I can tell you I’m workin on different projects
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? everyday on Instagram
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?
Nicola Iannibello.
How can you contact me?
On instagram or by email:

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