by Silvia Dotti
My name is Silvia. I am 30 and live near Milan, Italy. Think of me as the Lady of Shalott.
Since I was a child I have loved art. I have been attending a painter's studio since I was 15, first as a student, now as a partner.
There I have learnt various techniques, i.e. watercolours, pastels, acrylics, oils and also how to paint on ceramic, clothes, wood and glass.
As I am particularly attracted by Oriental motifs, I have also recently taken a course - in Oriental painting with black ink on rice paper - where I have learnt how to sketch various plants and landscapes with ink only, without preparatory drawing, Oriental art being essentially meditation.
My artistic carreer has culminated vith various exhibitions in prestigious art galleries throughout Italy - such as Rome, Milan, Genoa, and Lake Garda - and with the illustration of two self-written children's books which will soon be published by Badiglione Editore - Ferrara and Edigiò - Pavia.
I have illustrated both books, the first with old-fashioned fairy-tale illustrations, the second with simpler and more colorful illustrations for young children.
My illustrations are always kind of realistic (not cartoon-style, though I do enjoy cartooning on request).
I prefer drawing people, but I also paint landscapes. I have been recently developing other tehniques, such as watercoloured background with sea salt (the salt rendering the background somewhat blurred) and the characters drawn on this background with black ink.
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