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 Adv 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 the 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 and I feel at home when in the wild nature. On my bedside table you’ll find a pile of psychology books, and very often one of my cats.
In the future, I’d like to work on projects linked to mental health/mindfulness, environment, animal welfare and green lifestyle.

Services:
• Illustration
• Creative Design and Art Direction

Areas of Expertise:
• Children's book illustration (picture books, Middle-Grade, non-fiction, activity books)
• Cover Design
• Greeting Cards
• Visual design
• Logo Design
• Corporate Identity
• Branding
• Adv

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 award “Donne Emergenti”;
• 2010 - Ascom Confcommercio Award “L’idea si fa Impresa”.

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