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
We mention the Treviso based cultural center and creative hub Fabrica.
Book recs: Seymour Chwast and Steven Heller’s The Left Handed Designer, Françoise Mouly’s Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See, Bob Gill’s Forget All the Rules You Ever Learned About Graphic Design: Including the Ones in This Book, Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing.
Tool rec: Pentel Sign Pen (felt).
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