HOW TO WORK AT A HUGE SCALE

Ugo Gattoni shares four pieces of ad­vice for creating truly im­mer­sive il­lus­tra­tion

Computer Arts - - In Conversation -

01 BUILD IT UP IN LAY­ERS

Ac­cord­ing to Gattoni, the big­gest perk of work­ing at a large scale is the im­mer­sive na­ture of the art­work – but com­plex pieces also re­ward closer in­spec­tion for view­ers. “I in­clude sev­eral lay­ers of read­ing – a main topic, then other sto­ries and de­tails with other points of view,” he says.

02 SUR­ROUND YOUR VIEW­ERS...

Many of Gattoni’s can­vases are curved, to en­hance that feel­ing of im­mer­sion. “I like to en­velop peo­ple; sur­round them,” he ex­plains. “When you get close, you can’t see the frame any­more. You are oneto-one with the draw­ing, and can re­ally get close to it.”

03 ...BUT STEP BACK YOUR­SELF

While that fi­nal ef­fect is ef­fec­tive for a viewer, as the artist it’s cru­cial to see the big­ger pic­ture while creating the piece. “Don’t have your nose glued to the pa­per – have the whole draw­ing in mind,” is Gattoni’s ad­vice.

04 GO BIG AND BOLD TO ADD CON­TRAST

“Don’t hes­i­tate to in­clude big, bold el­e­ments – mas­sive ar­eas of black, for ex­am­ple,” says Gattoni. “I used to be afraid of do­ing it, but it makes your art­work stronger.”

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