An Interview with Luca Giorgi

Luca Giorgi is an Italian comic artist who first came to the attention of the broader Phantom community as the cover colourist of Frew #1800, that memorable 2017 Christmas-themed cover by Massimo Gamberi.

Luca has since worked closely with Massimo on Phantom projects on several occasions, including colouring the cover of the well known Fumetto #106 [right] as well as Fumo di China #280. Luca also coloured Massimo's carton card from the 2019 The Phantom Gallery: Series 2 trading cards, among several other cards in that set.

We have also seen Luca's work as an inker of stories, collaborating again with Massimo on Planetman (Frew Giantsize #5) and Legacy of the Reef (Frew #1820).

His most recent Frew cover work was for the War-themed 2019 Annual cover by Wendell Cavalcanti (Frew #1830).

In this ChronicleChamber exclusive interview, we are lucky enough to hear directly from Luca about his history, his process, and his association with The Phantom.

Luca and some of his recent Phantom work.

Chronicle Chamber: When and where were you born?

Luca Giorgi: I was born in Rimini, in the north east of italy, in 1986. It’s a city by the Adriatic sea and it was founded by the Romans. I've always lived in this city.

CC: May I assume that drawing preceded inking and colouring? How old were you when you first developed an interest in art and what influenced you to draw?

LG: My passion for art started when I was a child. I used to draw cartoons and the comics characters that my dad bought me. At the age of 15 I took part in the first comics course, then I attended art school and in the end, I graduated from the University of Urbino.

CC: Who encouraged your interest in drawing? Who now encourages your interest in inking and colouring?

LG: My great-grandmother wanted me to always draw. Furthermore, the good teachers who I met in my first course at 15 years old encouraged me.

Massimo, Luca and their 2017 collaboration for Frew.

CC: Do you have any formal art training / art school / design course? If, so, what?

LG: Yes, I have my degree. My first course in Rimini gave me the basics of the comic, then I took a specialised coloring course in Jesi when I was 23. These are the two most important courses of my education.

CC: What motivated you to move to inking and colouring? Do you see yourself primarily as an inker or primarily as a colourist?

LG: At the beginning, I only studied the black and white comics. I found my first job like as inker on Facebook when an artist asked me to ink one of his comics for the French market. Then, I attended a coloring course and in the end, I began to have the first collaborations.

CC: Has any artist influenced your style? Who? How?

LG: A lot of artists inspired me like Wally Wood, Jack Davies. In the Disney world, I admire Giorgio Cavazzano, Sandro Zemolin, Romano Scarpa and Massimo de Vita.

CC: Do you ink "old school"? If so, what type of ink? Type of brush or type of pen?

LG: I like them both equally. I can ink digitally or in the traditional manner. Regarding the old school inking, I prefer to use Windsor & Newton inks, Marten Bushes and different pens with Japanese felt tips.

CC: Do you you colour digitally or "old school"? If digitally, what program do you use?

LG: I prefer to color digitally, given the fastest creating times. I mostly use Photoshop. I like to use acrylics and airbrushes but they take much time and I stopped using those.

CC: For those not familiar with Italian and European comics, what work have you had published and in what comics or magazines?

LG: I work mostly for the Mickey Mouse’s newspaper in Italy and I colored a Nathan Never volume recently, a character of the Sergio Bonelli editor.

CC: How long does it take you to ink a Frew sized comic page?

LG: I ink a page a day, if I'm lucky two.