Born in Pisa, Italy, Gianni Alfonso Pacinotti (Gipi) is a cartoonist, filmmaker, and author. He started his journey into illustration through publishing and advertising. He was almost 30 when he decided to start creating comics. His work appeared in magazines such as Cuore, Il Clandestino, Il Manifesto, Lo Straniero, and La Straniero.
I only discovered the work of Gipi about a year ago, but the time between finding his work, and falling in love with it, is virtually non-existent. His artwork is energetic, with a free-form technique that permits for mistakes. Using hog brushes and watercolour to create backgrounds, and racing around the page with a pen to create characters. Yet, always with clear intentions, which the end result attests to.