Episode 18: Elena Xausa

On drawing symbols and the universal language of illustration


In this episode, I talk with illustrator Elena Xausa about her experience drawing for publications like the New Yorker and the ebbs and flows of freelance life.

Elena Xausa is an Italian illustrator who has worked with clients like the NYT, the New Yorker, Apple and Monocle on editorial and commercial projects of all kinds. Elena’s witty approach and her colorful and bold style has helped her to build a reputation as a smart interpreter of culture.

We chat about:

  • how Elena got started in illustration

  • how to handle criticism as you're starting out

  • the universality of illustration as a means of communication

  • how Elena navigates a real world assignment with a publication

  • the role of editorial illustration and the importance of symbols

  • the pros and cons of freelance life

  • the role of humor in Elena's work


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