The paper sky of illustrator Lucia De Marco

Thanks Lucia aka @lucy_inthe_papersky for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I used to draw since I was a child, I don’t remember a time in my life without colours and pencils in my hands.

What’s your process?

I start looking for pictures that inspire me: mostly photos, paintings, and illustrations. Then I create a lot of sketches with pencils. When I’m satisfied, I jump into painting with watercolors and gouaches. When the picture is done, I usually scan and fix it in photoshop.

Digital vs traditional?

I say traditional. Despite the incredible possibilities of digital painting, it can’t be compared with the warm and the energy of traditional techniques.

How long does it take to create it?

It depends on the complexity of the picture. The work may take an hour or some days
Is it a hobby or your career?At the moment illustration is my job. It’s hard to live of it, so I’m still trying to improve my career.

Why do you draw?

I draw instinctively. It’s a way to survive bad things of life. When I draw I feel secure, comfortable, at home. Art is my safe place.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of inspiration from nature and from the little pleasures of life: a walk in the park, a cup of tea in a nice bistro, old and vintage stuff and everything is cozy and kind.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

I’m still waiting that moment, I’m very critical on myself and my work, so I use to think about what I could have done better, even if I think it’s a good job. Of course I’m feeling proud of myself at this moment mostly because I live on my own thanks to my art and passion!

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

The real obstacle is to explain to other people that you’re doing a real job. You’re still considered “crazy” or “bizzare” if you want to pursue an artistic career.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

Of course all the time with people I love.

How people can get in contact with you?

You can find me on ig as @lucy_inthe_papersky!


You can contact me for commissions, sale prints, collaborations, and custom designs!

Lucia at her desk

Lucia’s workstation

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