Freitag, 1. Februar 2019

New works at the horizon

After a terrible and, unfortunately,  unforgettable year 2018, I am back with new ideas and projects.
these are some charachters for a new comic I am preparing...detective stories with humour...coming soon on your screens! :-)
probably a genius...

the one with an headache...

We need some positive vibes then...

the cause of the headache...?!

Samstag, 22. Juli 2017

Resume' Post part 2!

Yo yo, here is the second resume post, with a few things I did in the last two years.

Year of the snake...

Remember him? It took ages to finish it! with my usual perfectionism it took me almost a lifetime to finish this illustration...I experimented with various techniques, in the end I opted for a 3D kind of collage.
I am happy to say it is finished, I like it and that's it!

A total of the canvas...


                      A close up of the head and a few other details...


Random Clollage

I like collages, sometimes I find pieces of paper or other materials and they somehow wait (patiently, I must say) until I am ready to glue them together and make a picture out of it. So it happened with these scraps of gift paper... I added also some glitter glue and other found objects. I like it as it is but I thought it would be nice as a record cover for Radiohead, so I added the letters with photoshop.

Video projects in an elementary school

For four years, together with a colleague, we organised groups of children and helped them making their movies, cartoons and tv series. Kids have great ideas, it was great to help them creating the story, the costumes, the tricks and shooting the video itself, though sometimes they are not so patient in making their ideas come true! Anyway it was a great fun. We didn't have much money and now the project is closed but I learned a lot and loved it. Unfortunately for obvious privacy reasons I can't publish the videos but I thought it might be nice to see a few pages of the photo storyboard we did in the pre production phase.

This is my last resume' post, the next one will be of current projects! I will also change the structure and the look of this blog and open new "brances" on social medias...stay tuned, if you like! :-)

Freitag, 21. Juli 2017

Roberto Saviano at the Akademie der Künste, 22.03.2012

I made these sketches during the talk of the journalist Roberto Saviano, during his last visit in Berlin.
Since the publishing of his book "Gomorrah",  Roberto Saviano lives under the police's protection: the Mafia sentenced him to death.

I thought taking sketches of his speech would have been better than simple photos. I could not help annotating his words around the sketches.(Please click on the pictures to enlarge them).

Freitag, 16. Juni 2017

Back pages...the "resume" post! Part 1

Yeah, as I told you recently I am back in charge of the blog and I would like to show you some of the works I did in the last 2 years (almost three) and then go on with a reface of the blog and publishing new stuff. So, here we go! (Please click on image to enlarge them)

Coffee 60s-Digital Illustration

Yeah, I am now also in digital stuff...I followed a
very good course in Berlin taught by spanish illustrator
Rafael Alvarez and this is one of the images I produced thanks to that...
Well, considering the huge technical problems I encountered on the way
I am pretty happy with what I learned.


Tshirt design for Ciao Pop Up

I have been contacted to design some Tshirt for an italian platform, Ciao Pop Up. The first collection I designed is inspired by french play is a sneak preview of one of them...

Yeah yeah, I know, it doesn't say much BUT...stay tuned for more development...

Trial illustrations for a cooking magazine
Once again I have been contacted to do some trial illustrations 
for the most famous italian eno-gastronomic magazine, the subject was Portugal's typical cooking. 
In this case I used my (new) skills of digital illustration.

Though I am happy with the results I find somehow disturbing tne whole project now, the reason being 
I am VEGETARIAN!! I am not sure I would be able to draw again a mildly happy fish on a plate...

Illustrations for a school book

Oh, I loooove this one! I was asked to produce some ideas for a story in a school book for children agen 10/13, specific for the story of "Tonino  e il nonno", about an italian kid that visit the grandfather in the countryside for the summer. This job gave me the possibility to explore different styles, from my usual.

Here I blended the watercolor drawn charachter 
in a real photo, the photo itself was previously           
color modified.                                                

A sketch of the characters at the initial stage...

I  love this one, it is made with watercolors.
The goose has got particular success...

That's it for now! The second part of this post comes very soon! Stay tuned :-) and thank you for stopping by!

Samstag, 15. April 2017

Back on the tracks

Oh, I didn't publish anything on this blog for nearly two years!! Well, I just lacked the time and strenght.
But now I am back and I want to make a little revolution, posting new stuff at least once a week and going through a gradual makeover of my blog.

I would like to change the look but also organize differently this blog and also start writing about art works (and not only) that I like and I recomend to check out.

The first bit of work that I would like to show here is a serries of sketches and ideas that I developed for the ZAS, a center for language research based in Berlin (I already publish with them a book, you can find the post here).
The brief was to devise and create an animated series to publish on the on line teaching platform "Sofa Tutor". I explored several ideas, like creating the host of the program that introduces the elements of the german language to foreign kids, called the Grammar-Giraffe. (click on images to see them bigger).

A second option was to animate the varios elements of the grammatical phrase as if they had a proper personality and will.          

Finally I thought to involve one of the professors involved in the project using photos of his face and adding a drawn body, making him explore bizarre but effective "grammar-situations".


                                       Unfortunately it seems we are still waiting for foundings...hope you like this ideas anyway and I hope to be working on this project or get the possibility of working on a similar one soon.

Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015

Only you: Orson Welles' 100th birthday

The last months have been very hard for me, I didn't have any time to post in my blog.
Today I want to find the time to write about one of my heroes, the man I will always love:
Orson Welles!

I do not need to tell you what a genius he was: he was director, writer, actor, designer, he could anything from filming to puppetry.

When he left this planet he was not enough recognized like he should have been. He was immense.
Though I have been watching and reading his work for years now, there is always something new to discover about it and about him.

Happy birthday Orson!

Truly yours

Cristina :-)

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

Personal project: CD cover for Band of Holy Joy

Everybody has some project that goes on over the years: mine is a series of CD covers I illustrate for (already existing) music albums.
I actually started this project in the days of music cassettes!!
My latest "creature" is a collage cover for the album "More tale from the city" by indie UK group Band of Holy Joy. The album is from the late 80's and is an hymn (both negative and positive) to the life in the big city. Poetry, weirdness, violence melt in this album, between violins, hypnotic keyboards, the rough whispers and sweet howling of the singer. In my younger days this album, like any other album from Band of Holy Joy, was an "insider view" of one of my favorite cities, London.

So, here is my CD cover for "New tales from the city" by Band of Holy Joy and a few pics of the work-in-progress. Hope you like it! :-)

please click on the picture to see it bigger
The inspiration came from the "Fall of the rebel angels" by Pieter Brugel, where creatures from hell and heaven battle. The good mixed with the bad. I "selected" a central figure, an angel wielding a sword: beautiful and awful at the same time.

Brugel's "Fall of rebel angels"

I took away the colors from the picture and got it black and white. I then drew an abstract colored shape and added it to the picture, to put something slightly out of context that would stand out in the composition.

mysterious shape

The writing is hand written in black ink and then colored and mounted on the cover with photoshop.  


Elaboration in photoshop

For more of my CD covers personal project have a look at the illustration-portfolio section of the blog and for learning more about the music of Band Of Holy Joy check out their website:

PS I also made a psychedelic version of it...

Psychedelic...or maybe too much coffee...