Francesca Elettra Cudignotto is an artist from Vicenza, Italy. She has joined us here at SUSU to create some edgy and mind-opening designs. Here’s our interview Q&A with Elettra:
What was your journey to becoming an artist?
I’m always been a little messy artist since I was child . I spent lot of time just with crayons and then I chose art school and university . Now that I’m here , I don’t know if I really am an artist, but I draw all day long every day of the week!
Do you have any other jobs?
What inspires your art?
Mostly my feelings and the nature.
Do you have any trademarks/recurring themes in your art?
Yes, I love the use of texture and wild colour and when I have to draw just for me . I usually draw a ginger girl… I think these are my themes.
What mediums do you usually work in?
Nowadays I work in digital, scanning lot of different papers to use as base.
Where can our customers find you or your work online?
What was your inspiration/can you describe the design that you did for SUSU?
Carousel of life: This design shows all the main emotion you feel during your life . So I tried to make little stories in one picture . I always start from a piece of paper and then I go ahead sketching till I find what I want . During this process I found someone scared , someone enjoying its moment smelling the breeze, someone excited and someone jelous about the couple . I took them all together, making the final copy using my PC and then I started the colours, which I wanted psychedelic and vivid as the emotions are on ours life.
Red dress: The main starting point was the red dress hanging on the trees . I found them so poetic and powerful. Then I started thinking about how to show a body that is no longer there, and I started sketching until I found another powerful element: the shadow. That was exact what I needed- a dress without a woman but with a shadow as to show something is still there and nobody can forget. To get a more dramatic feeling, I used acid colours as greenish and reddish. At the end, I added the red wake of the cars because to show the “guilty ” of that kind of streets where murders happen.
Other than your own, what is your favorite SUSU product?
Indigenous women- the one with the red dress on the tree (design pictured to the right)
PROUD- When people I follow say that my work is good
ANGRY- The tragedies made by crazy people to nonsense and the non-respect for the earth
EXCITED- Playing with my black dog and staying in nature
LUCKY- When I wake up and I know that I can draw all day long
HOPEFUL- The beauty of life
SAD- When I can’t help people as I want to
STRONG- When I know how to solve a problem by myself
Freeway or Scenic Route? Freeway
Night out with friends or a quiet night in? Night with friends no matter if in or out
Adventure trip or relaxing vacation? Adventure trip
Great job with long hours or Okay job with lots of time off? Okay job with time off
The 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s? 70s!
Are your real life (people you know) role models?
A little ginger messy illustrator
Would you like to work with/for in the future?
For me , for people who love my work
Inspired you most as a child?
Ariet the spy ( movie I loved)
Pushes you the hardest?
SUSU is all about Defining Your Normal. So, let’s find out more about what makes you You!
What is your definition of normal?
Probably normal is me , because normal is what you know, and I know me well!
We are all about celebrating people’s awesomeness, so what makes you awesome?
My trademark style and my hard work
What is a challenge that you face often in your life?
What is the best compliment that you have ever received?
Good job, keep doing!
What was the best criticism you ever received?
I don’t remember , I don’t really care. It probably was something about my messiness, which is too messy.
What makes your life easier?
My dog with his eyes
What makes your life more difficult?
What is your definition of success?
Having a good life doing what you love with people who love you
We are all changing and evolving all the time. How are you in the process of changing?
In the middle of it. I’m trying to rise up my work . I want reach another level… I hope to. We will see.
If you could interview anyone, whom would you choose?
I always say that If I could have a magic I would use it to know what are the thoughts of my dog . I would interview my dog !
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