Although trained as an architect, Giacomo Bagnara’s talent for editorial illustration seems natural-born. When we last checked in with the Italian illustrator he was turning out work for The New York Times, and GQ, and things have only picked up since. Recently he has started working with Mr Porter, illustrating a new column for their Journal called Young Man in a Hurry, self-deprecatingly written by Chris Elvidge.
“I really like it because it’s a hilarious report of the everyday happenings of their new columnist, who’s in the last year of his twenties,” says Giacomo. “Every month my job is try to follow him through his life experiences.” So far the column has pondered questions like bad haircuts and anxiety in the barber’s seat, why some men are destined to be old souls or stay forever young (examples of the latter include Pharrell Williams, and yes that’s him high-fiving pro-skater Tony Hawk) or whether it’s okay to take a “headhunting” approach to romance. Whatever the topic, Giacomo illustrates it with equal parts humour and skill.