Shaped by Colours: Lorenzo Gritti

We recently discovered a great illustrator from Milan. One thing that caught our eye is how Lorenzo creates seemingly simplistic compositions, but on second looks they often contain a tiny element of surprise, which makes his works so fascinating. Here are few words by the artist:
“I learned to draw from looking at old comics from the 40s and 50s. I know I prefer atmosphere rather than details. I like a sort of cleanliness in my illustrations, with a few bold lines and strong background colours”.


“My work starts with choosing colours and then creating one digital level for each one. I like to overlap the colours and then try to figure out how to eliminate some of them without compromising the concept behind the sketch”.

“When I have the colours I define the borders of the shapes, often working with the eraser rather than the brush. When I’ve done that as much as I can, it’s almost done”.

“I really enjoy playing with them and more often than not it leads me to interesting places where I find new ways to make my images”.

“The big challenge for me is always the idea, the concept has to work with the text and without the text. I’m often a little tense while working on the sketches, especially on a tight deadline. I don’t want either to be too didactic or to be too abstract”.

“I want the client to have as many choices, but I don’t want to give something I’m not 100% happy about. So I’d say balance is the issue when it comes to concepts and ideas”

                                                 ABOUT Lorenzo Gritti