The Hero’s Journey of Paolo Iarossi

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Surely the thing that I love most is taking care of the development of my ideas.the possibility of taking care of an idea and carrying it on paper has always fascinated me, because it gives me the opportunity to explore the worlds that I imagine

What is my idea of happiness? We are accustomed to believe that happiness comes from having so much money and so many useless objects.Happiness for me is being free to do the work that I love, looking for new challenges to improve, and make happy thepeople I love, stay by their side and make them proud of me.

What is my greatest fear? The fear of failing and disappointing people who believe in me. This is what I fight for not to be overwhelmed, but until now, it was also the reason not to give up.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Excessive perfectionism, I am ruthlessly self-critical, and this is often the cause of my suffering.It’s something I’m working on, because i think that you always have to question yourself to become better people, but you have to understand that there is a limit beyond which, there is only self-destruction.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The people I draw inspiration from are: Anthony Jons, Mike Azzvedo, Raphael Lacoste,ian Mcque, Alex Constad. But The people I admire the most are the ones who taught me everything: Andrea Scoppetta, Barbara Ciardo, MarioTeodosio; Marco Castiello. In addition to the professional side, I feel very close to them as people.

What is my greatest extravagance? I can’t whistle and I’d like to learn it, so I try to get others to explain to me how they do it, and I stay in public or at home while I work trying out, but I only emit strange sounds, very different from the whistle of swallows … If I could whistle, I’d whistle all the time!

On what occasion would I lie? When I know the truth would unnecessarily hurt someone I love

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The rush. Sometimes I must finish a commission early and often a little more time would lead to a better job.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Surely my first commission for a videogames, it isn’t an important thing, I realized the illustration for the “start” screen. But i’ve always loved videogames and I remember that first job with love.

If I could, what would I change about myself? If I could, I would like a more carefree approach to my life. I’m working for it. I think that it takes a lot of courage to stay face to face with your demons, but it’s part of a personal journey that I’ve taken, and I can’t put it off any longer.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Certainly the selection at the A design awards, I am waiting for the final results, to know what position I have placed in. I started work less than two years ago. It was only two weeks that I finished my studies, although in the meantime I was already running commissions, when I started working . I can’t complain about it

Where would I most like to live? I have always lived in the city, in recent years has been born the desire to live in a house surrounded by nature, maybe in Tuscany.

What is my most treasured possession? My work tools: my mac, my cintiq are part of my whole

What is my most marked characteristic? Resilience. I am convinced that the limits are temporary and every effort must be made to overcome them, We must not let adversity overthrow us. Many people say that i simply have a hard head.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The “cappella di San Severo”. I go there often, I can almost hear the call. in every cm there is the expression of human power. It’s a place full of energy for me, I go there to recharge.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The old town city centre of Naples, I often go there to walk in alleys and in the squares. It’s the perfect place to eat fast with my friends and my partner and go for a beer all together

What books influenced my life and how? Osho “Starting over by yourself”, my partner lent me this book in a very difficult moment of my life. the fact that it cames from an important person made the message even stronger. it helped me understand that the soul is our best part and we must learn to take care of it. Now I see reality with new eyes

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? AC/DC is long the way to the top if you wanna rock’n roll!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Absolutely Iron man

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My girlfriend. She’s a teacher and I admire her very much when I see how she tries to give the best of herself, and with passion she try to convey what he knows to his pupils. I think that teaching to young people is the best thing in this moment and it is a mission for her.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Recommend people to see and see again “Matrix” with new eyes to appreciate the message that try to convey. It’s an amazing film!

What role plays art in my life and work? Art plays a fundamental role in my life. I’m lucky enough to work as an illustrator and concept artist,I’m also lucky because I can visiting place where works of art are preserved, This is something that excites me because this passion is part of me, I carry it inside me both in everyday life and in work and it is a means that helps me to always find new stimuli.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? It’s a sentence that contains what I’ve learned recently. What we are and how we are it depend on how you tell yourself stories. Being good to ourselves allows us to love and love others, and this allows us to be happy.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My girlfriend for sure, We’ve been engaged a long time, she has always pushed me to follow my dreams and everything that makes me happy. Despite the hard times we remain two crazy.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020?

Blizzard entertainement
Mana project studio
Ankama games
Wyrd edizioni
Gate on games
Mondadori edizioni
Acchiappasogni edizioni
​Storm in teacup
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020?
Antony Jones
Ian Mcque
Peter Mohracher
Laure Daustin
Stephan Wootha Richard
Mike Arevedo
Tooth Wu
Antonio De Luca
Raphael Lacoste
What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? I became my freelance’s life for to months. I’m building a team to make an independent videogame, maybe thanks to kick starter. In the meantime I work with some clients as an illustrator, maybe expand the circle with publishers and video games productions
Where can you see me or my work in 2020? I will definitely be in Bologna for the “Bologna children Boon fair and animation fair of annecy” but you can see my work on my online portfolio on behance.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means to listen your interior fire that pushes you not to give up and drives you to give the best of you. I think that Passion keeps us alive, and drawing is my passion.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Andrea Scoppetta, Mario teodosio, Davide Maimone
How can you contact me?

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