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Portrait of popular artist and illustrator Camilla d'Errico

With her use of vibrant colors, and her ability to create visually arresting female characters, Canadian artist and illustrator, Camilla d'Errico, is definitely a young artist to watch.

She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon, but Camilla credits Sailor Moon, and comics like Fathom and Witchblade, as being the catalyst for her decision to pursue a career as a professional artist.

Last year, she created a memorable piece entitled, "Hello My Kitty Land" for the "Three Apples 35th Anniversary Exhibition" at Royal/T art space in Culver City.

"It took me a long time to come up with the concept actually, because I didn’t know how to do something original with the Hello Kitty character and still keep it intact."

She often brainstorms with her sisters and friends, and the final concept for the piece ended up coming out of one of those sessions.

"One of them said to me, quite nonchalantly and maybe jokingly – 'Why don’t you put Hello Kitty on her head?'  So I did!"

Blending elements of her own style, Camilla introduced the Sanrio characters as plush hair ornaments for one of her signature "anime-style" heroines, creating a dreamy pink confection that looked good enough to eat.

In addition to working with large publishers like TOKYOPOP and Dark Horse, Camilla is currently self-publishing Tanpopo, a comic inspired by Faust, about an emotionless girl who sells her soul to the devil in order to experience emotions.

"Tanpopo never started out as something meant to be mainstream.  It was -- and is -- my passion project, so I create the books by no set schedule.  I have to manage my own time, motivate myself, set my own schedule, talk to the printer, get the books, and promote them."

She is motivated by the feedback of her fans and says that the best part about creating Tanpopo, "is that I can create something so unique, so far away from the normal comics you see out there."

When it comes to influences, Camilla lists Italian Renaissance masters, Raphael and Da Vinci in the same breath as contemporary artists and illustrators: Terada Katsuya, Ashley Wood, and Range Murata.

Los Angeles residents will be able to see Camilla's work in person at the Thinkspace fifth anniversary show and the Sanrio 50th anniversary celebration coming up in November.

She is currently working on a graphic novel for a French publisher, and she is looking forward to the debut of a line of toys based on her characters from Tanpopo and Helmetgirls in 2011.

For more information, or to check out Camilla d'Errico's work, please visit her official website.

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