Troy from ZiaComics interviewed artist, Camilla d’Errico at Phoenix Comicon (PHXCC).
Camilla d’Errico’s career as a painter began in 2006 when she participated in shows at Vancouver’s Ayden Gallery in Gastown. Since early 2007 she began showing her work in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Vancouver.
With her work on Helmetgirls d’Errico expanded upon the concept of headgear to include animals of all kinds. She intertwines and juxtaposes her stylized, fantasy girls with lifelike animals. Her girls are unusually stunning, doe-eyed, and magnificently colorful female characters. Based on her experience in comics she focuses on the expressions of figures to give more sense of storytelling.
Camilla d’Errico uses Holbein Aqua Duo paints, which are water-soluble oil paints. She uses these on wooden panels for her color pieces and acrylics and inking pens when working on canvas. In some cases, d’Errico will draw a piece by hand and then color it digitally on her computer.
In parallel to comics and manga d’Errico has done illustration and design work for The Walt Disney Company, Ride Snowboards, Hasbro Toys, Wizkids, Microsoft Zune for the Zune Hut at Whistler’s Telus World Ski & Snowboard Championship, OSO Design House, and Ginch Gonch. She started making illustrated merchandise as partnering companies like Nuvango, Modify Watches, Haut Totes, Wallpaper Republic By Milton & King, Eyes on Walls, iCanvas, Gold Bubble, and coastal.com.
Dark Horse Comics has licensed her art for a Journal and Stationery Set. Punchbrand has used her as their flagship artist for their artists’ series Crazyhats and Panda Hoodies. Her work is licensed onto various merchandise including a line of handbags and accessories, stationery, clothing, computer and phone ‘skins’, cushions, postcard sets and sketchbooks. She has a collection of tshirts at Hot Topic in addition to producing her own clothing. She collaborated on a print with Neil Gaiman based on Gaiman’s short story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
d’Errico has worked in vinyl toys having customized blanks for Ad Funture, Osaka Popstar, the DCTO Jibun Project, Mindstyle & Disney’s Stitch Experiment, and Hasbro’s Mighty Mugg for Lucasfilm’s “The Empire Muggs Back” series. She was one of the artists chosen to customize and create a toy for the first Canadian vinyl toy series called Bax Bear. d’Errico has also released her own designer toy. It is a plush based on the devil character, “Kuro” from her series, Tanpopo.