It can become really easy to lose track of what is really happening around us with all this media cover-ups and distraction. But fortunately for us, there are still artists out there who refuse to sugar coat anything and want to express nothing but the truth. Such is the case of Marco Melgrati.
Marco Melgrati is an Italian illustrator based in Mexico. He was born in 1984 in Milan. In 2006 he graduated from the Santa Giulia School of Fine Arts and began working as a freelance illustrator in 2008. With his talent in refining complex, far-reaching issues into a simple, striking image with something to say, Marco Melgrati suits the editorial world. Here: Self Made.
#1 Hang On
“I think it is commonly called conceptual illustration – a style that is basically focused on the idea.”, Marco told Digital Arts. “What I love about illustration is that it’s so connected to real-life – working for newspapers and magazines forces you to think about what’s happening in the world.”
#2 Power, Justice, Propaganda
“That’s why a lot of my work talks about war and social media: war because unfortunately, it is always present in man’s history (and these days are no exception); and social media and the internet because they are one of the greatest changes in the history of human culture.”
“I always start with pencil and paper. There is not tablet that can replace it. Once the work is commissioned, I use the sketches so the art director can choose the best idea for the final.
“It feels freer to start my ideas in that way. After I have done the sketch, I pass it onto the PC, and, with the Wacom using Corel Painter and Photoshop, I make the final.”
#3 One Love
When asked by Digital Art, what contemporary illustrators does he admire, Marco said:
“That’s a really hard question. There are so many awesome illustrators. Also some of my work takes inspiration from painters in the past.
“Like one of my recent illustrations – Social Media Narcissism [shown] – was born from a famous canvas of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. I think the art of the past is a huge reserve of inspiration.
“Anyway, my true love is paint!”
#4 Keep Your Cool, No Matter What
#5 Too Smart?
Marco says that hopefully, this is not his best work yet, and he is already working on new projects.
“I’m working on an illustration for a poetry magazine call Popshot. I love to illustrate literary stuff, as it give me a lot inspiration.
“I’m also working for magazines and journals with Salzman, a Californian Illustration agency.”
#6 It’s A Tough World Out There!
“I’m living in Mexico City – which is awesome. But I want to go and stay for a while in New York as soon as I can.
“I think it’s still the capital (along with Berlin) of contemporary art and illustration. Travel is one of the things that I love the most – and it’s a good inspiration for work too.”