interview with illustrator olimpia zagnoli interview with illustrator olimpia zagnoli
mar 05, 2014

interview with illustrator olimpia zagnoli

 

 

 

we recently spoke to the mialn-based illustrator olimpia zagnoli about her work.

 

 

DB: what was the thing that initially made you want to be an illustrator?
OZ: the chance to indulge in daydreaming and ‘graphomania’.

 

 

DB: what has been the biggest singular influence on your work?
OZ: planet earth, the hometown of pablo picasso, the beatles, pizza and a great observation point to the moon.

 

 

 

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DB: how would you describe your style to someone unfamiliar with your work?
OZ: heart-shaped at heart.

 

 

DB: what criteria do you use to judge what you want to explore in a project?
OZ: I trust my instinct but that’s not do say we don’t argue often.

 

 

DB: do you enjoy working with a specific brief from a client or having complete freedom?
OZ: I like both cause they keep different parts of my body in motion. the brain and the heart.

 

 

 

 

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DB: what areas of your work or themes are you hoping to explore in the near future?
OZ: I would like to explore a more three-dimensional direction and play with various materials.

 

 

DB: what do you do to keep your ideas fresh?
OZ: wash my hair.

 

 

DB: what do you know now that you wish you knew when you were a teenager?
OZ: the losers of today are the most interesting people of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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DB: what compulsions do you have?
OZ: sucking my thumb and designing things. they both make me feel good and provide a pass to my own planet.

 

 

DB: do you have any superstitious beliefs or self imposed ‘rules’ that you live by?
OZ: no. I’m a very optimistic person.

 

 

DB: what’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
OZ: (don’t worry) be happy.

 

 

DB: what do you hope to do in 2014 that you have never done before?
OZ: have an exhibition of my work in a place far, far away…

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    gabrost says:
  • Great questions! Also, thank you for featuring her on your website. I’m a new reader and I really appreciated this coverage not only because of her vivid illustrations but also because its extremely rare nowadays to find people who exude their entire being through their work without coming off stuffy.

    Hanagie Rivera says:
  • I love your work and attitude! Keep it up and hopefully you will have an exhibition in London I can visit

    Liam says:
  • Great big Graphics from a great funny heart!

    howard Stein says:

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