But it wasn't until I was given the great Edgar Allan Poe art book that I realized the full genius of the man.
Then, when I was in Stuttgart, I was able to see the Italian version of "Pinocchio" with designs and backgrounds by Mr. Mattotti. Wow, were they fantastic!
Each shot had a brilliant, delicious colored-pencil background by Lorenzo - I was hooked!
Luckily, he was in town last week for the big New York Book Fair, and he made a rare appearance at the Society of Illustrators to show off his new black and white book, talk about his career and do a slide show of his favorite art.
A number of illustration celebs were there - Peter Kuper, Artie Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, art director for the New Yorker.
I got to buy his epic book, Pastels, and I tell you, it was expensive - but I'm now obsessed with his work. Don't be surprised is you start seeing his influence in some of my films.
Definitely, check out Lorenzo Mattotti.