Featured Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Serena Gianoli

May 2019

Illustrator and Graphic Designer Serena Gianoli talks us through a typical workday for her in Milan, gives us some of the best advice she has received over the years and explains how finding her style is a continuing journey of fine-tuning.

Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?

I’ve attended “Scuola del Fumetto” (“Comics School”) and CFP Bauer Graphic Course in Milan, during this period I’had discovered and fell in love with the illustration field, that’s why I joined an Editorial Illustration Course at CFP Bauer and Mimaster Illustration course. My first job in this field was as a colourist and inker for Geronimo Stilton Series for Mondadori, and my first important illustration work was for La Repubblica - Italian daily newspaper.

Talk us through a typical working day include for you right now.

I wake up, do my yoga and eat breakfast before checking emails, I work at home and I organize my day according to the projects I have to follow, always trying to take time out to keep my hand drawing practice.

What are some of the best and worse parts of your job, day-to-day.

Best parts are that you organize the work yourself and that It’s a satisfying job as you produce visible artworks that didn’t exist before. The worst part is that if you work alone at home as I do you miss people and the possibility to have a confrontation on creative issues.

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My tip would have fun, be curious, draw a lot and wherever.

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Whats the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Never search for ideas on the internet but look for inspiration in the real world.

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

It took me time, at the beginning, the comic style influenced me a lot, discovering then a more minimalistic approach through graphic design I followed the right path, developing a style It’s a journey of tuning and perfecting and I’m still on the way.

My tip would have fun, be curious, draw a lot and wherever.

2019 for you in a sentence.

Confidence, improvement and cup of tea, please.

Website: serenagianoli.com

Instagram: @serenagianoli.sg

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