Friday, June 7, 2013

Lorenzo Mattotti

I was late to discover Lorenzo Mattotti, I've seen his work around - graphic novels and illustrations.
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.

1 comment:

  1. If you don't know, you should check the works of Carlos Nine. I think you'll like it.