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THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF JACOPO STARACE: AN ESCAPE FROM REALITY




Mystery, dream and imagination. These are the three elements that Jacopo Starace, Italian illustrator, blends in a cinematic way. He’s the designer of the poster for the 2019 edition of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, but his work goes beyond mere graphic and illustrative competence: he creates a photographic image very close to surrealism. Jacopo begins telling the story, then it's up to us, the public, to imagine how it ends. We met Jacopo and he catapulted us into his utopian world, which he jealously holds on to.


Domenico Santoro : Italian designer studio pastina

I think that where my imagination gets stuck, the others’ imagination begins. Every drawing in my mind is just a trace, a starting note that I whisper to the viewer of my drawings but it's up to the others, with their imagination, to complete the work.

Hi Jacopo, how are you and where are you from?


Hi, I'm Jacopo, I'm 31 years old and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist from Milan. I think all in all I am good at, but I'm never too sure about that. And it doesn't make me feel great.




When did you start drawing?


The obvious answer would be "in kindergarten," but I really started to realize how much I liked drawing during the second year of university (2009) and since the beginning I have studied to understand which was my method and apply it. It's going well, fortunately.


Domenico Santoro : Italian designer studio pastina

Domenico Santoro : Italian designer studio pastina


An imaginary world. That's what your work says. What do you think about that?


I think that where my imagination gets stuck, the others’ imagination begins. Every drawing in my mind is just a trace, a starting note that I whisper to the viewer of my drawings but it's up to the others, with their imagination, to complete the work. I think that the funniest part is understanding that each drawing is always different depending on who is watching.



Tell us about your creative process, does it start from a source of inspiration?


Not really. I studied scenic design and I'm used to think about space in a certain way, with a certain setting and my studies have led me to a working method focused on the creation of the right atmosphere. Usually I look at random figures (depending on what the unconscious suggests me) and I let myself be carried on a flooded river from which I find shelter only when I see an image that matches a particular memory or emotion. From