Luigi Olivadoti (CHE)
BOOK GOLD MEDAL iJUNGLE ILLUSTRATIONS AWARDS 2021
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, where you studied, and where you are at now?
I grew up in the Principality of Liechtenstein, but my parents are italians. I studied visual communication at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. And I live and work with my family in Zurich.
2. Why did you become an illustrator?
I just wanted to do something with drawing and I honestly didn’t know what an illustrator was before I found out you can study it.
3. What artists/things do you most admire and how did they influence your work?
The works of my friends, old paintings, comics, series, films, actually, everything that is somehow original, funny and beautiful.
4. How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started? It has changed a lot I think. I have perhaps become a little freer and don’t overthink too much.
5. Can you briefly describe your creative process?
I make a very quick sketch and send it to the client, he gives me the okay, and I’ll just draw it as quickly as possible. But if it is for a book or a story, the process is much longer and can take months, or years.
6. Best and worst part of your job:
Best: that I earn my living by drawing. Worst: office work
7. Quick answers: Favorite movies: Amarcord, Godfellas, Gremlins Favorite musics to work:
New Wave, Salvatore Ganacci, Mr. Oizo, Lucio Dalla and other italian music Favorite Hobbies: to bake Magic wish: more time
8. What is the best piece advice you’ve had, in regards to illustration or otherwise?
Don’t follow a trend, be nice and show perseverance.
I was invited by Büchergilde Gutenberg to illustrate «Andrea Delfin» a crime novella by Paul Heyse. Set in Venice in the year 1762, the man with the alias Andrea Delfin lost his siblings to the unjust system of the republic of Venice - and vows retribution.