year 1
number 1
March 2016

ISSN: 2499-2348
pages: 128
size: 165 x 220 mm
circulation: 2000

- Martoz
- Gianluca Folì
- Mauro Pietro Gandini
- Chiara Fedele
- Lucio Schiavon
- Simone Massoni
- Marina Marcolin
- Alessandro Alghisi
- Angelo Bussacchini

Sketchbooks, homelands, nursery rhymes from Milan, taxi drivers in New York. Illustratore Italiano’s spring on the cosmoroute of drawings

The first issue of Illustratore Italiano has been released on Monday the 21st of March. It’s the first national independent magazine entirely dedicated to drawing and people who draw. 128 pages, published by the new publishing house from Brescia MOM, compose the visual journey of this very first issue. The sign is the only language through which you can explain the relationship between illustration and paper, digital media, walls and canvases. Therefore, analysing twenty different pencils, Illustratore Italiano feels the need, in its debut, to examine the nature of these bonds and the several uses of drawing: publishing industry, street art, typography, architecture, design, fashion. 



The story of a story, that turns into image and then substance, opens the issue: Gianluca Folì and Mauro Pietro Gandini explain us in a dialogue how the cover of the book The prodigious life of Isidoro Sifflotin, which won a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators in New York, was turned into a sculpture. The Milan of trams, canals and blocks of flats with shared balconies is a nursery rhyme in dialect for adults and children illustrated by Chiara Fedele; Lucio Schiavon, instead, flies across the ocean with his guide on how to become a taxi driver in New York. Simone Massoni proposes an illustrated analysis of the typographic characters in the section “Chicks&Types”; it comes before the reportage, assigned to Marina Marcolin, Angelo Bussacchini and Alessandro Alghisi.

Roberta Loda scrutinises the archive on Gae Aulenti, an architect and designer from Milan, and finds some sketches that the great Italian architect realised for Kartell and Olivetti. On the streets of Naples and Taranto, Carmen Albergo looked for the beat of Quore Spinato in the structure of lines and colours made by cyop&kaf. Also the professors and alumni of Mimaster in Milan took part in this issue: the director Ivan Canu explains to young illustrators how to organise an efficient portfolio. The idea of an image as an “island” is the landing place of Tommaso Ariemma’s essay on aesthetics, which is followed by the last article on Veronica Salvini’s paper patterns.