Olimpia Zagnoli’s graphic illustrations are slowly, but surely, taking over the world. With features in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Apartamento Magazine, and collaborations with Fendi and the Guggenheim Museum, she’s becoming something of a household name.
“My path is probably very similar to that of many illustrators,” she said in an interview with Freelance Wisdom.“You love to draw, you graduate from some sort of art school, you’re out and terrified, you’re desperate to find your own language, you sorta find it, you begin to work, your first works are terrible, you get better, you work more, one day you’re like ‘this is not too bad’ and you feel kind of happy for what you’ve done, then you’re lost again, two days later you’re happy again, you struggle to get paid, you finally get paid and you buy a nice pair of shoes.”
“One of the hardest parts was looking for a visual language,” she admitted. “I wasn’t looking for anything COOL back then but I was looking for something ‘me.’ A set of subjects, shapes, and colors that reflected who I was on the inside and made me feel comfortable. It wasn’t automatic but as soon as that started to take shape, more clients started to connect with my world and understand it.”
Follow her Instagram page for a pop of color in your feed.