Anna Gusella
Melony – Melody


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Illustration for a NYT review about audio-cookbooks by Jennifer Reese. Especially the author’s description of ›Cook, Eat, Repeat‹ by Nigella Lawson is so juicy and pictorially rich, that you really get a taste of that peculiar format. For the illustration i aimed to visually translate the fresh vivid mood as well as the surprising element.

How was the illustration used:
The editorial illustration was used at the New York Times Book Review section for a column about audio cookbooks.

How did you make this work:
My process always includes many sketches to collect as many different ideas as possible through drawing. I combine, rearrange, scale and transform my drawings again and again – and through the process of making, ideas emerge. Even for an editorial illustration I create 8 to 10 sketches, before I send a selection to the art director. Only at the very end the color comes in.

Commissioner Name :
New York Times, Book Review – AD Matt Dorfman
Commissioner Company :
New York Times
Commissioned for:
New York Times

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Year of Graduation:
Master of Arts 2016, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee

Currently Based:
Berlin, Germany

Anna Gusella is a Berlin based illustrator. In her work she combines observation, playful experimentation, intuition and reflection. She illustrates for magazines, newspapers, agencies, and publishers, including N.Y. Times, FAZ and Amnesty Int. Her last book ‚Papierklavier‘ was nominated for the German Youth Literature Award. 2020 she also co-founded the ceramics studio Kumulus Keramik.