We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Vicenza, Italy based illustrator Michele Bruttomesso.
What are you working on at the moment?
I've recently made a 1950s fashion-inspired editorial illustration: I'm not used to drawing people in costume, but I had fun trying. I've done a lot of research but the main challenge was to synthesize that peculiar style in my personal way.
What is your work process like? Do you approach client work differently than personal work? The approach is almost the same for both cases: first, I make a series of small and semi-incomprehensible drawings, just with the pencil, trying to fix all the ideas. Then I take the ones that seem to work better and re-design them, thinking about composition, weights, etc. The second part, the execution, is a little more different: I tend to be more cautious with client work. In my personal work I use a lot of mixed media (indian ink, collage, a bit of handwriting), but I use them for commissions only when I'm 100% confident about the result.
Favorite work snack? I'm addicted to biscuits! Any kind of biscuit. Sometimes I even bake them myself.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? Short comics. A couple of months ago some friends asked me to join their comic collective, Super SqualoTerrore. I did an eight-pages story for the second issue of their fanzine, and it has been extremely inspiring. I've decided that I will dedicate some extra time this year for experimenting with comics, or at least for doing more narrative experiments. I don't know what will come out of it, but for now I'm enjoying the process.
Follow Michele on Instagram and check out his portfolio at http://michelebruttomesso.blogspot.com