Discover Ugo Gattoni

Ugo Gattoni is an illustrator and artist.

Ugo Gattoni is an illustrator and artist. Originating from Vitry-Sur-Seine, a southern suburb of Paris, France, he graduated in 2010 from the EPSAA in Graphic Design. He tends to specialize in out-of-scale drawing performances realized with graphite and black fine liner pen. His first major exhibition included one enormous wall-sized drawing of 33 feet long and 6 feet high. He has now gained a reputation for his detailed and surreal black & white cityscape drawings and has been commissioned for many commercial projects ranging from luxury to editorial. He often collaborates with his close friend McBess. BICYCLE_2 LR

His sources of inspiration travel through time and places. Hugely impressed by masterworks by Dali, Bosch or Michael Angelo and very fond of Greek mythology and architecture, he also recognizes the talent of his peers like Santtu Mustonen, Micah Lidberg or Jonathan Zawada.

As a result, his artwork also transcends space and time: "I like to play with scales, working on wall sized drawings, offering several layers of interpretation to the viewer. I like to immerse people in a whole new world both physically and spiritually. This type of artwork is a real performance, needing a great amount of production time and an extreme attention to details –and that’s something I very much enjoy."
"My creative process is very simple – I first work on a graphite pen sketch for approval, once that’s settled I run it over very neatly with my rOtring to create the layout, then comes the filling and the colouring. Overall it’s a very simple 3-step process. I mostly do the colouring by hand and very seldom use digital tools during this stage. Most often I will use digital only to clean the drawings!"

Even though it would be difficult for him to choose from his huge collection of rOtring pens, he would settle on the Rapidograph as his favourite of all.


For 2014, he has many projects. He’s already working on his next book that, will be published by Nobrow Press. He’s also working on a new exhibition, that is to take place in December 2014. Even if cannot slip the secret yet – he confesses this exhibition will showcase one of his biggest artwork using a rOtring technical pen. As a side plan, Ugo Gattoni is also eager to get to know more about motion design – which is a technique he’s getting to love more and more.

     BICYCLE, a 5 meters long drawing about bicycles through the streets of London: