As we head into autumn washed out blue skies and red and brown leaves replace the vivid colours of summer. And, of course, we have a new comic series. Luigi Olivadoti's illustrations tell colourful stories about people, places and himself so i asked him about his favourite colour, his sources of inspiration and his childhood in a large family.
Would you like to briefly introduce yourself and your career? After studying illustration nonfiction in Lucerne, I started my own business and now draw pictures for magazines, illustrate children's books and comics - mostly analogue, i.e. with coloured pencils or gouache on paper. Current major projects include working on a documentary film about Amine Conde, illustrating the underground car park of my old primary school and an exhibition about Mitholz for the Alpine Museum in Bern. I'm also drawing for my own picture book.
And can you tell me a bit about the pictures in this month's newsletter? Most of the pictures belong to a story I drew for the Strapazin Comic Magazine on the subject of «strolling». It's actually a declaration of love to my former neighbourhood of Zurich-Wiedikon. I get all nostalgic when I look at it.
Do you have a favourite picture from it and if so, why? The picture of the Stadtgärtnerei, because it's one of my favourite places in Zurich.
What did you want to be when you were a child? A palaeontologist. I thought digging up dinosaurs would be really cool. That was mainly because of the film «Jurassic Park». At some point the VHS tape and my dream job disappeared. When and why did you start drawing? My first drawing that I can remember was a Viking ship. I was a big fan of «Wicky and the Strong Men». After that I somehow never stopped.
How would you describe your style? Maybe loose? Childlike, naive? I just always try to have fun with it, then it usually turns out well.
Do you have a favourite colour? Black, even if you don't notice it in my pictures. Sorry Eva Rust, I copied your answer.
Which themes are particularly close to your heart? Origins, homeland and sense of belonging. The history of children of immigrants like myself and many others runs through my work.
Where did you grow up and did that have an influence on the course of your life? Or also on your drawings? I grew up in the Principality of Liechtenstein and lived with my parents, grandparents, uncles, my aunt and a cousin of my mother in a run-down house with a huge garden. We had chickens, geese, pigs, rabbits and even a donkey. There was always something going on and we were together every day. A beautiful childhood is certainly not a bad start for a good life and maybe that is reflected in my paintings.
What brings you joy at the moment? Right now my little daughter, my new studio and the latest season of the series «Cobra Kai».
What is the most challenging thing in your life right now? Balancing my projects and my private life. Our daughter is going to kindergarten now. I have to get up earlier, I'm in the studio earlier and yet I don't have more time. I'm still doing something wrong.
List a few of your favourite things (or moments or experiences) in a nutshell. My new studio, even though I miss my old studio mates, films and series, positive feedback on my paintings and making pancakes for my daughter.
What do many people not know about you? That I'm actually a qualified fashion designer.
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