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Hi! My name is David and I balance my work life between my passion as a comic book-storyboard-concept artist and my job as a salesman-travel advisor. Ask me anything if you live a double work life as well!

Davide Pozzoni
Dec 15, 2017

As a graduate in both Architecture and Illustration, art has always been my passion.In the past years I worked with many small International Publishers as well as Indie Authors to bring their stories to life, and lately I also enjoyed working for a Movie Production with my concept illustrations and storyboards, thing that I liked so much that working permanently in that field has become my new goal.As any good superhero story, even I live a double life, in fact I also work for an International Company that organize Travel Learning Holidays for kids that want to learn a new language in the own country, and as a former student as well I help the young kids and the parents making probably one of the biggest and most important decision of their young life.

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Hi, I can relate with you about the double life situation...Do you have any tips on how to make it work? 

Dec 19, 7:02AM EST0

What is your the most important tip for those who want to be successful as salesman- travel advisors? 

Dec 17, 5:53AM EST0

Hi Ana, if I knew I'd be a successful one myself I guess ahah No I guess just try to help people, listen to them and put yourself in their shoes when it comes down to giving them advices... Also know and believe in the program/product that you are selling make it so much easier for you to work on it. And in the matter of travelling, I guess it would be know good geography, cultures, paper works, and eventual courses of study there.

Dec 17, 7:05AM EST0

How many languages do you speak yourself?

Dec 16, 12:39PM EST0

Hi Kishore, I think that you and Catherine asked me the same question, so I hope you don't mind if I share the same answer that I've given to her.  I speak Italian, which is my mother tongue, English, thanks to my exchange year in high school, and a little bit of Spanish... I cannot speak it fluidly but I can quite understand it and make me understand if there is the need. I'd love to learn more of it, as of other languages like the nordic ones, even thou they are way more different than mine so they are harder to catch on.

Dec 16, 12:42PM EST0

Why is it important for children to learn new languages? 

Dec 16, 2:31AM EST0

Hi Ana, I think you and ArnoldAntonio asked me the same question, so I hope you don't mind if I share what I've just wrote to him as well :) I believe learning other languages is very important nowadays. In a world connected widely through both tech connections (internet, phones, emails) and geographical ones (highway, trains, planes) You cannot longer live in your own little reality of your home town and stick to one language and one method of thinking. Learning a new language means also learn part of the culture that used it, and seeing that there are indeed other people in the world different from yourself can make you grow both in smartness and in emphaty. You realize there is something else. Not better, not worse. just different. you can travel the world, see and learn new things, not being afraid of revaluate your thoughs on a subject, and then you can eventually come back to your home, grown and ready to improve it as well. Plus the more pragmatic reason is job also job opening... having the skill to communicate with others is what made us grow from primitive beings to where we are now. I think is better untill the mid school, early teenagers, so like before 12, just let the kids be. they are kids, they have other skills to learn and form into themselves (maybe you can already make trips abroad with them or have them meet foreign people that you know) but before that it is better to stick to one language, culture, development. It is in the teenage years (such difficult time...) that on their way to their development as adults they need to open their minds, to new things. I hope I helped you with my answer!

Dec 16, 12:22PM EST0

How many languages do you speak yourself?

Dec 16, 2:01AM EST0

Hi Catherine, I speak Italian, which is my mother tongue, English, thanks to my exchange year in high school, and a little bit of Spanish... I cannot speak it fluidly but I can quite understand it and make me understand if there is the need. I'd love to learn more of it, as of other languages like the nordic ones, even thou they are way more different than mine so they are harder to catch on.

Dec 16, 8:19AM EST0

Working with kids - isn't it hard? What is the toughest thing about it?

Dec 16, 1:58AM EST0

Hi Sama, Well most of the year you spend it talking with the parents (that sometimes are even worse than the kids since they are apprensive) but yeah when you finally have to leave you go with the kids and that is both fun and really hard. My first year I had a group of 42 teenage kids for 3 weeks. I kinda have learnt all their names by the first week, and that is the first hard thing. Not because of their names, but for what it represent to them. They come from being the protagonist of their lives with their parents, there is the first chance they have to realize that they are just individual in a larger world. You want them to learn that, but also, after, make them feel special again by considering them a unique individual, with his/her own personality etc... That is something I've learnt. I'm a sport guy, I've always kind of be with the "cool kids" so I find it easier to approach with the kids that are like I was, and I forget that other kids may be more shy, more reserved, slower etc... I have to remember myself that there is not a unique meter but for as much as it is possible everyone has to be understood. The other hard thing is completely the opposite ahah, you are in charge of a group of teenager. maybe it is their first time they experience independence from their parents, they think they are big, but in fact they are not... so you have to be there for them. like a drill sergent tell them what they can and what they can't do, and make them respect you. you are the adult in charge, so it is all fun and games until someones gets hurt (and it always does) so be sure to be in shape and have a lot of stamina and patience to do everything ahah

Dec 16, 12:53PM EST0

Do you have a pet? The dog in the drawing above, is he real?

Dec 16, 12:13AM EST0

Hello MVGPROXY, no I don't have a dog but drawing a pet is an easy clickbait  on the social. Ahah no it is my dog =) She is a 2 years old Boxer puppy named Brooklyn and she is more of a kangaroo than a dog, since jumps constantly towards people, making even bad embarassing scenes. Before her I had another Boxer named Madi Jo, but sadly 3 years ago at the age of almost 11 she passed away. Dogs are wonderful creatures, they will give you anything if you do the same for them, and they will keep you busy, social and maybe even happy through their unconditional love.

Dec 16, 8:15AM EST0

Lol. I'm sure he's a big part of your life since you took the time to draw him into the illustration.

Dec 17, 2:29AM EST1

Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

Dec 15, 11:30PM EST0

Hi Rhoda, that is the kind of question for which you don't think of an answer until someone asks you ahah 10 years from now... So I'll be 37... A grown ass man... I don't know if what I'm gonna say is the real representation of what I will be, but I surely hope so... I'd like to be doing a stable job that both sustain me alone (hopefully also pretty good) and that I even love doing (in some art department for videogames or movies hopefully, with new projects constantly changing every couple of years to keep it interesting), with all the problems about my finances solved and so no stress about it, just going to work, love doing it, pay the bills, and having no mental breakdown because I finally made it. I'm already tired of random dating or get to know new uninteresting girls, so I hope I'll have found a good one to keep. maybe we will have been together for a while by the time I'm 37, maybe we could live already together, wondering about the very near next step of getting married or have a kid together. I could lose myself into the idea of the girl that i'd love to have with me, but i guess it will be too long and expliciting will probably not make it come true so i'll live to God/universe/fate/randomness/whatever to make us come together. I don't know where would I be thou... I love Italy, I believe is the most beautiful country in the world after all my trips abroad, but is a dead end for young people with ambition in doing something better, so maybe I'll be in California, Or Canada where there are entertainment productions, or north Europe where there also are some (and is full of blonde girls that i love from which chose one ahah) I don't want to think about my dog since I know how Nature works, but I hope that both of my parents will still be here to see the man i've become and at least the beginning of my family to be...  I guess that's it... no big money or success... just simple happiness... and to not break down in tears right now I'll tell you that none of this is going to happen since with all the Artificial Intelligence and digital and robotic tech development Skynet will have kill us all by then! So enjoy your life at the fullest while you still can :) By the way, thank you for your question. I'm gonna save this text in a word file and hopefully my future me will be able to read it and make his own thoughts on the matter... wether it will have become all true or not...

Dec 16, 1:13PM EST0

Why do you think it is important for kids to learn more languages? Is there an age "too young" for that?

Dec 15, 11:12PM EST0

Hi Arnold, I believe learning other languages is very important nowadays. In a world connected widely through both tech connections (internet, phones, emails) and geographical ones (highway, trains, planes) You cannot longer live in your own little reality of your home town and stick to one language and one method of thinking. Learning a new language means also learn part of the culture that used it, and seeing that there are indeed other people in the world different from yourself can make you grow both in smartness and in emphaty. You realize there is something else. Not better, not worse. just different. you can travel the world, see and learn new things, not being afraid of revaluate your thoughs on a subject, and then you can eventually come back to your home, grown and ready to improve it as well. Plus the more pragmatic reason is job also job opening... having the skill to communicate with others is what made us grow from primitive beings to where we are now. I think is better untill the mid school, early teenagers, so like before 12, just let the kids be. they are kids, they have other skills to learn and form into themselves (maybe you can already make trips abroad with them or have them meet foreign people that you know) but before that it is better to stick to one language, culture, development. It is in the teenage years (such difficult time...) that on their way to their development as adults they need to open their minds, to new things. I hope I helped you with my answer!

Dec 16, 9:07AM EST0

PS: I don't know if you asked me since you have kids, but travel abroad is expensive so you can skip the first 10 years in which the the child can grow and save, so that by the time he/she hits teenage age you parents have a good budget to make them study ahah

Dec 16, 9:09AM EST0

What is your superpower? When did you discover it?

Dec 15, 10:40PM EST0

Hello Baoit, I think my superpower/superburden is being able of appear like a total asshole while indeed I'm the good guy that always tries to help you if you are in need AhahaNo I'm just kidding! I don't have superpowers. I compare my art to better artists and I see that I suck compare to them, so is not talent. I have to practice everytime I can and I have the will to to actually get better. I'm good at talking with people, but sometimes I rather stay by myself. Probably a superpower/superburden that I've learn is "it is better to shut up and appear like an idiot, than talk and leaving no doubt about being one" is a superpower because you get to hear all the situation and then when others no longer know what they should say you can step in for the extra mile. And is a burden because in a world where content and culture constantly count less the loud stupid people overcome the smart reserved ones. Other than that I consider myself pretty normal I guess... Sorry ahah

Dec 16, 12:40PM EST0

Do you go to comic conferences? What is your take on that?

Dec 15, 8:16PM EST0

Hi Tatiana, Yes I try to go to the big ones and the ones closest from where I live.  I think they are absolutely central for the industry development and advertising. The people working lonely in it have the chance to meet the fans, and that is absolutely a boost of self esteem! Plus you can make even money if you are a good artist in the artist alley, People will meet or discover you and buy your books or ask you for commissions etc... For beginners it is necessary to go and introduce yourself to the people already working in it, if they don't even know you exist how can they want to work with you? Sadly thou most of the Comicon are no longer a chance to meet new people and discuss future projects, but is just selling selling selling to the public for the whole weekend, and if you are lucky they will just eventually tell the artist send me your portfolio via email. Other than that even thou it is good the all merchandising of stuff from comics it is super cool, but sometimes there is more of that than actually comics so i think is weirdly wrong... give more space to indie authors maybe, you never know what you may discover there. The big comicons in the US plus there is even too much focus on movies, videogames, and actors... while the original subject of comics tends to be forgotten... So i guess it could improve!

Dec 16, 8:42AM EST0
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Would you like to share one of the most exciting experiences you had regarding working for a movie production?

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Dec 15, 4:50PM EST0

Hi Ana, the most exciting thing is probably not being anymore a lonely author or artist, working alone in your space, but being part of a team. You develop a part of the project and others do that as well for other parts. Your job is based on someone else's and your job again will be the base from which someone else will start his/her own part of the job. It really makes you feel part of something like an engine, were you get constant gratification and pushes from the other members of the squad. That I think is the best part of the job!

Dec 16, 12:31PM EST0

How do you spread the word about your comics, artwork?

Dec 15, 10:31AM EST0

Ah! Hi Elizabeth, if you find an answer to that please hit me up! No just kidding, I use social media like my Facebook, my Facebook Page, Instagram, Linkedin, Artstation, Deviantart, etc... If you are a small artist sometimes it works and sometimes (even thou you thought you were going to break the Internet) you just pass unnoticed. it is kind of sad and disappointing when it happens, but you always get back at it for another try and in the meantime you get better, and convince maybe one person at the time to become your supporter by showing what you can do. Is different instead when you do a work for a company or a publisher, since it is their responsability in that matter to advertise the project for which they invested in you to develop.I hope I helped you with my poor answer!!

Dec 15, 10:38AM EST0

Who is your favorite Comic writer? What did you learn from them?

Dec 15, 9:29AM EST0

Hi Skrayne, I think you and Maricar_royo just asked me the exact same question. I hope you don't mind if I tell you what I've told him.I never really thought about it! I usually pick a comic because of the artist illustrating the story, or because of the main character(s) in it. I think Geoff Johns did an amazing job renovating the DC world. the whole new 52 storyline is both amazing in the art and interesting at storytelling. It is probably due to him that I like DC characters more than Marvel, and even if he did not invent anything, he found a way to present this world to new readers, that were since then capable of starting from there and go on.Another Good one is Bryan Michael Bendis for the Marvel this time. I once red for the original Secret War storyline that he based it on a story that a military family member of his once told him. The capacity to take something that really happened and make it inspirational to transform it into an amazing story is something that I believe astonishing.

Dec 15, 9:42AM EST0

Has anyone or anything in particular help boost your creativity passion?

Dec 14, 6:32PM EST0

Hi Sofia! It's a long list!!I could start from the familiar ones... My uncle, with his lost dream of come back to study architecture kinda Inceptioned me in my childhood. My mother has always been my number 1 supporter, and editor of quality in both art and writing. My brother accidentally always telling me that I was suppose to be the smart and creative one in the family always charged me with that burden. Some professors in High School, that you don't realize how good are the values that they are teaching you untill you are older (yes I was a dick). Some people I've worked with/for, "condemned" to a life of boring jobs they used to tell me that I had the responsability to follow my dream and passion since I had one and the talent to do it. Plus the creativity passion was always in me I guess... The people, the books, the circumstances made me take it out, and other people, books and circumstances made me push it forward to the next step (and there is always one more step further). Probably now that I think about, during the first true Comicon that I've attended in 2014 I had the chance, thank to a wonderful friendly person called Felix (ex collegue of my mother) to have me introduce to Gabriele Dell'Otto. He is an Italian world famous artist, that has worked on several comics, covers, and paintings for many projects and publishers among which there are Marvel and DC. He is from Rome, so despite being extremely talented he is an absolute humble person that loves to chat while he is working. I was still in the Comic Book School at the time, at the beginning of my path (aka. I sucked) and he made me a sketch of Nick Fury while we were talking about art. He truly believes in the power of doing something beautiful, not just something "worth to sell", he is a true artist that inspires people with his use of light and shadow on superheroes like Caravaggio used to to do with Bibble's characters. He then saw my early portfolio and didn't beat me up for my ugly drawings, but instead just told me "There are a lot of things unripe, but there are also some potentials. Keep working on it" He could have destroyed the will to continue doing art in me, but he didn't. He could have concentrate on the ugly things, but instead he gave me a shine of light (as in his and Caravaggio's paintings) to grab onto and continue my path in getting better. Good people/leaders/heroes pull people up along with them, they don't push them down to rise above"I hope I've answered your question right!

Dec 15, 10:06AM EST0

As an architect, have you been part of any construction projects?

Dec 14, 6:30PM EST0

Hi Syed, unfortunately no. After I finished University I didn't want to continue my path in Architecture, but I instead turned into Art because of my liberty in the process of development. While I was studying I couldn't stand all those rules (of reality) and laws (of state) that were limiting my fantasy. I still enjoy a lot the actual construction process. My host dad in USA in my exchange year was a carpenter, he made me help him in many occasions and that was also one of the reason why I fell in love with the idea of building. You get dirt, you get tired, but you get to actually build something yourself. I love wood and bricks buildings even thou I understand that cement and iron is the present and future. I hope one day to eventually have the chance to build something again, maybe a beautiful wood house, maybe mine...

Dec 15, 9:40AM EST0

Who is your favorite Comic writer? What did you learn from them?

Dec 14, 6:24PM EST0

Hi Maricar, never really thought about it! I usually pick a comic because of the artist illustrating the story, or because of the main character(s) in it. I think Geoff Johns did an amazing job renovating the DC world. the whole new 52 storyline is both amazing in the art and interesting at storytelling. It is probably due to him that I like DC characters more than Marvel, and even if he did not invent anything, he found a way to present this world to new readers, that were since then capable of starting from there and go on.Another Good one is Bryan Michael Bendis for the Marvel this time. I once red for the original Secret War storyline that he based it on a story that a military family member of his once told him. The capacity to take something that really happened and make it inspirational to transform it into an amazing story is something that I believe astonishing.

Dec 15, 3:31AM EST0

What best advice have you ever heard given to a promising new designer?

Dec 14, 6:09PM EST0

"DON'T DO IT"Ahah no just kidding Jesa.People already in the industry and working always seems a bit sad about their job and how hard is it. I say to myself that they probably are just frustrasted... It is a lonely job being a creative person, you constantly have that little voice in mind that tells you "you are no good enough" (and this independently from how good you actually are), there are deadlines, empty moment of creativeness, and so much more... But at the end of the day you are doing what you love the most. How lucky are you? You are not breaking stones or folding metals in a fabric, you are a privileged person. Either if you made it yourself or if fate put you there. So probably the best advice that I could tell you is not something technical (that would expire real quick) but something more theoretically poetic "Find what you love/fall in love with the things in life that give you chills despite the heat, and let them kill you".I hope I answered you question! Good Luck!

Dec 15, 3:41AM EST0

Do you work online as a freelancer too?

Dec 14, 2:36PM EST0

Hi Hanah, Yes I guess most of my work is for people that I never actually met in person. Thanks to the Internet and Social Media everyone in the world is connected with any other person on the other side of the planet in an instant, and that is a blessing probably for remote job hunters. So yes, many private people, or Indie Authors or companies that only wanted a one time job, have come to me in the years to ask me to collaborate with them and realize what they were looking for. And if you asked me in order to know if I was up to it, you can even eventually visit my Facebook Page or Instagram or Linkedin or even others, so that you can send me a message there and then we can have a chat about what you need. 

Dec 14, 5:31PM EST0
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Do you have special tools for creating comics? What makes them special?

Dec 14, 5:31AM EST0

Hi! No I guess I don't have any special tool to create comics or illustrations... I mean there are a bunch of pencils, markers, rulers, compass, whitey, inks, brushes, etc... but none of them really do the trick if you don't know how to use them yourself.I believe that is the driver that makes the car go fast, not the car itself (into certain limits of course)Even with all the digital development, programs and techniques and tricks there is nothing that beats the experience and the education of a well trained hand, eyes and brain to create art.A good artist will be able to draw you a nice picture even on a napkin with coffee as ink ahahI don't know if you asked me this since you are a creator as well and you wanted to know some tricks in the materials, but the truth is that there are not tricks. Only hard work and keeping studying everything. It will be a longer road, but it will absolutely be more safe in the long run.

Dec 14, 5:25PM EST0
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