I guess the best way to introduce myself and my work is to show my first monograpy published by Corraini about a couple of months ago.
The title refers to 10 years of work and to 10mq: it was the size of my first room in Milan when I arrived from a small town to attend the illustration school. The book is made by 4sections that depict the steps of a personal/professional career/life and over 20 email quotes from art directors (The NYTimes, The Economist, Le Monde...) people I was lucky to be in touch(Nobel prize Jose Saramago) and friends. I reported the messages as I received(nice emails, mean emails, funny emails...) with no editing to make it as real as possible and toshow how the path could be difficult in our job especially at the biginnig when we have no clear direction to take and no enought experience and self confidence to face the challenges properly.
I paste below the introduction written by the Nicholas Blechman
, the New York Times book review art directors and some additional email messages. I hope you like them.
“Six years ago, I received an e-mail from an illustrator I had never heard
of. It had a few jpegs attached, and a link to his web site. I receive about
4-6 of these every day, and most get deleted. But this one, from an Italian
illustrator named Emiliano Ponzi, caught my eye. His work was smart,
graphic and surprisingly elegant. I commissioned an assignment, then
another and then another. This blossomed into a six year award-winning
Emiliano is particularly adept at finding visual metaphors that resonate
with readers. The figures in his drawings are universal without being
generic. And like all great illustrators he is versatile. He can switch easily
from topic to topic, from drawing the financial meltdown one day, to
drawing the crisis in education the next.
Emiliano Ponzi works hard. He sends clients several ideas more than are
necessary to get the job done, and they are usually all fit for publication.
He is not showing off, nor is he insecure; he is just dedicated to finding
the best possible solution.
Illustrators are an eccentric breed, and Emiliano is no exception.
Meeting him for the first time I was struck by his generosity and humor.
He is the first illustrator to have smuggled a kilo of Pecorino cheese from
Milan to my desk at The New York Times. He is extremely talented and
needs very little art direction, but in a car has terrible sense of direction,
and cannot drive five meters without his GPS. While illustrating, he claims
Art Directors are his GPS, pointing him the right way.
Illustration, good illustration that is, exists at the edge of art and
commerce. It may be commissioned for a publication, but when successful,
it goes beyond the confines of publishing, and moves the reader. According
to Bruno Munari, “The designer is therefore the artist of today, not because
he is a genius but because he works in such a way as to reestablish contact
between art and the public, because he has the humility and ability to
respond to whatever the demand is made of him by the society in which he
lives...”; this could be said of Emiliano Ponzi.”
some other emails:
-“more time helps, huh? “
-“I am really scared now. Can you send me some sketch today?”
-“Sorry, I art directed you very badly Today “
-“That sign works. You probably drive more in America than I do. :) best “
-“It is all money in the bag!”
-“All Approved, you’re the man.”