HOW TO WORK AT A HUGE SCALE
Ugo Gattoni shares four pieces of advice for creating truly immersive illustration
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.”