An image is worth a thousand words.
Is this the reason why in the world of publishing, journalism, media, illustration is used so often? Be it the cover of a book, or the fact it matches an article, or that it allows to make an infographic or commercial, illustration, still or animated, it has become the key to success and awareness of a variety of newspapers and magazines.
But who lies behind the image? An illustrator, naturally.
The work of a freelance illustrator is a “new” job, especially in Europe, also if from some perspectives it could be considered as ancient as printing. Nowadays illustrators are recognized at an international level, they earn a lot, and travel to find new sources of inspiration.
How do you become an illustrator? How does an image come to life? How much time does it take to create a personal and recognizable style? What steps do you have to take to become famous and work for magazines, websites and international newspapers?
ILLUSTRATORS is a documentary that asks these questions to four Italian artists, who are wide world famous and have been awarded many prizes and recognitions: Alessandro “Shout” Gottardo, Emiliano Ponzi, Olimpia Zagnoli and Francesco Poroli. Four people who, through talent and technology, have managed to pursue their dream.
The list of newspapers they work for is boundless: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Time, Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The Washington Post , Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, The Guardian, London Telegraph, Rolling Stone as well as many advertising and media agencies.
ILLUSTRATORS unveils their personal and intimate side and tells how, by starting with a pencil sketch, you may conquer the world without having to write a word. Because, indeed, an image is worth than a thousand words.