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Morning Person of the Day: Cinzia Zenocchini

Meet Cinzia Zenocchini, illustrator, visual designer, and CreativeMornings/Milan attendee!

What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

I remember my first CreativeMornings very well: it was at Teatro Franco Parenti something like 4 or 5 years ago. The speaker was Olimpia Zagnoli, an illustrator I only knew because she was a friend’s friend. At that point she was starting to get recognised as the great artist she is. That morning she was telling her experience from the beginning, it was - and still is - very inspiring. I was recently so lucky to work with her and to get to know her better.

Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

I work as a freelance illustrator, I draw and sketch on a daily bases trying to capture what’s around me, I challenge myself to transfer feelings into the lines I draw. I rather use old school tools like black ink, watercolor, brush and pencils to achieve that.

What’s your daily routine, and how does that connect to your creative work?

Being freelance means that you don’t have to stick to a very strict routine, that’s the beauty of it. Let’s say that before sitting at my desk in the morning I often go for a walk to get fresh air and eventually stop for a coffee, this way I get to interact with people, then go back home and start dealing with my to do list for the day. Occasionally I would choose an alternative location, a café or a co-working space, depending on what my work schedule involves.

If you could open a door and go anywhere, where would you go and why?

That’s hard for me to say, I’d go anywhere I’ve never been to! I’d probably choose to a place I know a very little about and explore it.

How do you recharge after a long week?

I get a lot of those, I’d usually spend the weekend wandering around Milan just enjoying the city, chilling at home watching movies, hanging out with friends… sometimes I’m lucky and I get away for a couple of days.

If you had to carry one book around for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? Why?

I’d carry Le città invisibili by Italo Calvino, I read it during high school and many times later on, each time I felt as I had never read it before.

Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.

I have a thing for dinosaurs, astronomy, and food. I can’t draw horses properly, I really can’t.

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