I’m Giacomo Bagnara 26 years old, currently based in Verona, Italy. I’m graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Architecture. Parallel with architecture studies I started drawing and experimenting on different styles of illustration. I loves simple geometrical & colourful illustrations. Just in the last year I start collaborated with Italian and international clients.
When did you decide you wanted to be illustrator?
I thought a lot about it, but I don’t know exactly when I decided, probably in the last two years!
Would you recommend studying at art school?
I couldn’t say. I studied before in a kind of science/math high school (in Italy called liceo scientifico) and then I studied architecture, so I don’t know anything about art school.
How long was it before illustration became your primary form of income?
I’ve started to receive paid illustration commissions in the last six months. I produced a lot of work before then, but most of it was for free. While studying architecture, I was experimenting with illustration. I graduated in summer 2012. After graduation I was a little bit confused, architecture or illustration? Now I think I’ve made my decision.
Could you describe your typical day?
I haven’t yet had a typical day. But when I have to work on an illustration job I spend all the day drawing and emailing the client. I prefer to work hard and finish the work in the early days, far away from the deadlines.
What do you wish you’d know when you first started out?
I wish I was more aware on a lot of things. Coming from another area of study I didn’t know anything about the real life of an illustrator, especially in contacting a possible client, financial aspects and estimating costs for work.
What’s the best thing about being an illustrator?
The best is that you do the job you like!
What’s the worst thing about being an illustrator?
Sometimes the loneliness in front of your computer.
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
A marine biologist
Any other tips you could share?
Draw, be curious & be positive.