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Q&A with Loris F. Alessandria

Illustrator and art director from Milan

My name is Loris, I'm 26yo illustrator and art director based in Milan. After a year spent in Cond? Nast Italia, I recently started to work as art director in a new animation studio called Revolution Department. Since 2 years, I'm also happy freelance illustrator and I've been lucky to make some stuff for clients such as ESPN Magazine, TIME, Wired ITA and others.

How did you get started in illustration / design? What is a turning point in your professional career?

I decided to start university a little bit late (I was 23yo) in order to improve my passion for art and graphic design in general. During the second year of course I understood that illustration could be the way to express myself. At the same time, I also had a great chance to make an internship in CN. It's been the start point for my little carrier.

What is your ideal work environment? Do you prefer to work in your art studio all day long or prefer to mix a few activities?

For me, the best work environment is a little studio with some cactus, a coffee machine, good music in background, some happy people and a dog. And my freelance activity, during the night, is spent on my home desk with (of course) a cactus and some books. Plus a cup of tea, if it's cold outside.

Where does your work inspiration come from? (Do you believe in 'inspiration' at all)?

This is a usual question and it's always very hard to answer. I think we have a lot of way to be inspired and internet is the best one, no doubts. But I also love to find inspiration in vintage stuff as magazines, posters or old signages.

Where are your favorite art places in your city or outside?

I don't have a fav art place in Milan. And even if the city is full of them, I can't find the time to spend for. If you want I can tell you some place to eat very well!