I was born in Modena (Italy) in 1985, and since childhood I cannot resist the smell of paper and pencils.
I attended the Institute of Art and subsequently graduated from the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin with a degree in illustration.
As a post-grad, I worked as an Art director in a communication and advertising agency, and also ran a successful design concept store/studio for six years, which made me win the Ascom Confcommercio award “The idea becomes Enterprise” and CNA “Emerging Women” award.
I now live and work in UK as a freelance Illustrator and Creative Designer, accompanied by my beloved pets.

I devote most of the time to my passion for images and words and my research aims to explore and experiment always moving beyond my comfort zone.
I love quietness, the wind, and I feel home when in the wild nature. On my bedside table you’ll find a pile of psychology and philosophy books, and very often one of my cats.
In the future I’d like to work on projects linked to mental health, environment, animal welfare and green lifestyle.

Services:
- Illustration
- Creative Design & Art Direction (Editorial Projects * Cover Design * Advertising * Logo Design * Corporate Identity)

Awards:
• 2021 - “The Highland Falcon Thief” by M.J. Leonard and Sam Sedgman - British Book of the Year - Children's Fiction;
• 2020 -  Longlisted for the Italian Illustration Award Cose Belle Festival - Artwork: “Kizuna” ;
• 2020 - “The Highland Falcon Thief” by M.J. Leonard and Sam Sedgman - Waterstones Book of the Month;
• 2020 - “Exploring Emotions” by Paul Christelis - included in the Reading Well for Children booklist;
• 2019 - “The House with Chicken Legs” by Sophie Anderson - Winner of “Doncaster Book Award” and “Bank Street College Children’s Book of the Year”;
• 2019 - “Moon’s First Friends” by Susanna Leonard Hill - New York Times Bestseller;
• 2019 - “Trouble in New York: The Travels of Ermine” by Jennifer Gray - longlisted for The Alligator’s Mouth Award;
• 2018 - Highlights Magazine “Illustrator of the Month Pewter Plate Award” ;
• 2011 - CNA Emilia-Romagna: Excellent companies “Donne Emergenti”;
• 2010 - Ascom Confcommercio Award “L’idea si fa Impresa”.

Represented in the USA by Astound US.
If you'd like to say HI write me here: infoATelisapaganelli.com