Instagram: @isabellabersellini


1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hello 🙂 I’m Isabella an freelance illustrator based in Parma, Italy. I started painting during my “heavy-metal” teenage years, i used to listening to Deftones and painting in my room and at some point i realized that this was what i wanted to do in life. 🙂


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I take inspiration from Pop Surrealism with its hidden meanings, irony and elements out of context. I love to create a sense of estrangement across the spectator by using oddities and try to force him to think about the meaning of what he’s lookin at.
Usually i work with colorfull palettes but always wit a bit of black 🙂

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I like working with my graphic tablet, because illustrations become more concrete, directs and clean. Sometimes i love get my hands dirty using acrylics by painting a murales 😊

4. What is your artistic process like?

It’s not always the same. It can begin from an idea, or something i saw or about something that someone told me. A constant? The music! the right soundtrack can help me a lot! Sometimes when i got stuck, i change playlist and the illustration become a new one!

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I take inspiration from many different things, music, movies, stories and what i see around me. I love many contemporary illustrators, like Andrea Wan, Marina Muun, ( too many to mention!). One of my favorites is always Mark Ryden 😊

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I can’t live without it, i know it sounds overdo but it’s true 🙂 I feel bad when i can’t draw and i get more nervous. It’s my exhaust valve. People needs to sing or run, i need to draw. It’s therapeutic!


7. Where did you study?

I studied illustration and comics in Bologna. I miss those days when i was with my mates and we decided to start a self-printed fanzine Lok (Now LokZine )

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

I hope i’ll keep doing what i love! Freelance or also in a Agency, i’ll be happy. I love team work!

9. What about in ten?

Haha that’s so difficult to see.. Always as a freelance, maybe with lots of workshop. I’m sure i’ll have much more wrinkles. 😦

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

A chance to send a message to people. That’s what art is for.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favorite food?

Chocolate, focaccia and vegetables!

12. Favourite book?

Many… i choose Holderlin’s collection of poems.

13. Favourite genre of music?

From metal to folk, classic.. it depends.. i’m so moody 🙂

14. What are your hobbies?

I love playing with my cats, going at concerts and shows and hanging out with friends.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I don’t know… i love animals but i’m scared of blood.. so i’d love to be a zoologist