Samstag, 17. September 2011

Walls of Berlin

Berlin is famous for its alternative culture and it's street art. It is really an incredibly rich scene: paintings, stickers, trio-dimensional collages and sculptures are everywhere and if you are interested in this kind of art you must always have a camera with you. I think it is incredibly inspiring walking through the city and looking at these masterpieces. Everybody has his/her own technique, style, subjects. They are also somehow fragile because any other graffiti artist can after a while modify or cover them.
Here is a small selection of the photos that I took in the last months. Click on the pictures to see them bigger.

These pictures were taken in Friedrichshain: there is a building that is particularly loved by graffiti artists and it is worth passing by every week to see the latest pieces of work.

Prost is the nickname of the artist that draws smiling faces all around Berlin. He normally works with felt pen but he makes also posters and Stickers. His humorous figures and his sardonic glance at things are simple but really effective.

Prost opened a personal exibition in Wedding a few weeks ago,at the East Berlin Gallery (a Gallery specialized in Street art artists) and tough I like his style and there were some interesting pieces, I must admit that I like better his "real" street pieces of work .

The following pieces were found all over Berlin

This last sticker is particularly funny and provocative: it suggests that also Turkish men wear a "Veil for machos!".

Prost, again...

And now a small masterpiece: the artist carved in a thick layer of posters a crifixion scene. Unfortunately the third image has been teared away the day before I took this pictures but I hope you can get an idea of how it has been made.

Donnerstag, 8. September 2011

LOOOOOST! in translation...

Some days ago I sent a job application as illustrator to a Berlin agency. The answer was utterly unexpected and I was surprised for what I interpreted as unnecessary rudeness.
I felt rather down and the picture I made myself of the woman to the other side of the Internet was actually that of a she-ogre. So here she is, the ogre of the illustration agency...! (click on the picture to see it bigger).

Luckily I was later explained from my German friends, that actually the tone of the email was not rude but just direct, one of those things that I will get when my German knowledge will be more advanced.
Anyway, drawing this picture helped me to laugh about the delusion. And to draw the picture I used blue ink and pen, a technique I didn't use for a long time.