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”.


“It has always amazed me how you can put an entire universe in a tiny rectangle, creating atmosphere in black and white, separating the spaces by shadows”

“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

He was an educator for more than 10 years. “I always loved to draw and to read comics, but I’ve never thought I could make a living out of it” explains Lorenzo, and one day he entered a couple of illustrations in a contest pushed by a friend, and he won the 3rd prize.
From then on he started to explore the world of professional illustrators, especially the ones working with magazines.
Later, he won a scholarship for the Mi Master in Editorial Illustration, and after that he was noticed by Ella Lupo with Purple Rain Illustrators, who contacted him to represent his works in the U.S. Not much after, he started to work for U.S.A. magazines, the first one was Business Week, and he never stopped.