Samstag, 15. Dezember 2012

ESDIP Hibernation Market on Sunday the 16th of December!

I am taking part to the Hibernation indoor Market this Sunday, I will be there with my hand printed t-shirts, made off course with my drawings!
Many great artisans, illustrators and artists will take part to the Market and we want it to be a great party. Come along!
Hibernation is in Grünberger Straße 48 (in the Grünberger Höfe 48-44), Friedrichshain, 10245 Berlin, from 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

More info on the Website of ESDIP ( just click!)                                                    

Mittwoch, 17. Oktober 2012

Fashion illustration: at the wedding fair of Castelbarco (Italy)

I was ordered a series of eight illustrations to be used as a sort of theatrical scenery at the Wedding Fair of Castelbarco (Italy).
The illustration had to be funny but cool, slightly elegant and with almost no colors, presenting the proposals of a wedding-planner company.

I decided to work with Illustrator, a program that works with vectors, thereby offers the possibility of enlarging or shrinking the image without losing in quality.
It was a very nice assignment: I could design my own characters and place them in nice, unusual situations. I am not very traditional but I must admit I let my romantic side go free on this project!  Here is a couple of my illustrations (please click on the images to see them bigger).

And this is how they looked at the fair...

Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2012

Style icons: Roisin Murphy

Well, Roisin Murphy has it all: not only she is beautiful and very talented as musician, she also has the ability and self assurance to wear anything she wants.

On stage she wears the most amazing outfits in which a human being can possibly squeeze  and she manages to perform her songs as required (sweet, sexy, aggressive...), even if she wears a cube shaped dress!
Like a real chameleon, Roisin Murphy can also wear more "normal" dresses, always very elegant or very extravagant.

In fashion there are limitation: if you have a certain body shape, you can wear successfully only certain kinds of clothes and the same applies to colors, depending on your complexion.
Roisin Murphy is in a league of her own: her self assurance gives her the right to wear any piece of clothing, any theatrical costume, any wearable object in fact.

This artist went there where Lady Gaga got only much later. Contrary to Lady Gaga, Roisin Murphy wears everything with a charm and a style that nobody can imitate. I like to wear crazy clothes but Murphy is really my hero, she goes where no human has gone before.

 Just have a look at these pictures (the rights are of the photographers, I just found them on the web to illustrate my theory) and you will understand why she is a great inspiration for anybody that loves fashion, does fashion illustration or theater costume design.

At the Mars Fashion Week...

Something comfy for shopping at the street market...

Orange Tulip

Hand knitted fashion, bought on Etsy maybe?

Nice!! a bit too normal, though...

In the unlikely event of water landing...

Anyone for Disco-Jogging?

I really wish I had such a wardrobe!! :D

Freitag, 5. Oktober 2012

Fashion Illustration: ticket to Bangkok

Beginning of this year I attended a Fashion Illustration course.
There I realized what really fashion illustration is: an illustration that suggest a feeling bounded with a fashion collection or an article, a song, a novel. A fashion illustration suggest a story itself, through style.
Very often this kind of illustration is mistaken with fashion design.

Here is one of my most recent fashion illustrations, inspired by the 20's and the Chinese horoscope...try to guess why! The drawing was made on paper with black ink and it was later colored with Photoshop in digital painting. Here you can see the different stages of the the work (please click on the pictures to see them bigger).

Flat dark contrasts...

                                    The black ink line...

The original drawing in pencil.

Mittwoch, 3. Oktober 2012

Gabri in Wonderland, a comic for newcomers in Berlin

After the publishing of my Befana's Story on the Website of ANE -Arbeitkreis Neue Erzieuhng (see Januar 2012), I started collaborating actively with this no profit organization: their aim is to help educate children in general and help integrate those that come from outside Germany.

Being new in a new country is not always easy, so I had the idea of drawing and writing stories of children just arrived in Berlin, describing the surprises and the struggles they encountered in the new environment. My aim is to show like in a mirror all these experiences as to say "Don't be sad, you are not alone! You will make it!".
The stories should be based on real ones (the names are obviously changed) and the project will be called "E' successo anche a te...?" (Did it happen to you as well...?). Children will be  encouraged to take part actively writing their experiences and have them illustrated by me, or better, they should produce their own comics and have them published on the website of
So, here is a taste of my first comic for this project, the first crazy school day of Gabri, an Italian girl who struggles to find her class in the new German school (please click on the pictures to see them bigger).

You can read the complete version on the website

Mittwoch, 12. September 2012

TODAY! Simon Julius Malletophonie

If you are in Berlin, today you should really go to see this duo: Simon Julius Malletophonie.
They play the Vibraphone, a kind of gigantic Xilophone and if you think you might get bored you really need to see these two guys, they will certainly change your mind!

Simon Julius Malletophonie are playing tonight at 20.00 at the Schinkelpavillon in
Oberwallstrasse 1 - 10117 Berlin

They are going to play on the opening of the exhibition of the Schinkelpavillon on the Terasse.

Viel Spaß!!

Montag, 10. September 2012

Two art appointments in Berlin

There are week ends in which  there are so many things to do and see that is necessary to make choices.

The next week end is one of these, in particular for these two art exhibitions:

Stroke - Urban Art  Fair, 13-16 September in Postbahnof

It is already the 7th edition of this annual meeting with the unexpected forms and colors of  street art. Partecipants come from all over the world and there will be also a special section dedicated to Anime culture.
Despite the massive sponsoring of this event (Citroen is the biggest sponsor) the ticket for this exhibition costs 10€.

You will find all the information and a small preview of the event on the Website of Stroke.

Lange Nacht der Bilder, 15-16 September, Lichtenberg and Friedrichshain

Also this year the "night of open Atelier" takes place in east Berlin, showing the work of several local artists and students ( from children to high school students). The theme of this year is  "Bild und Wort" (Picture and word), exploring the bond between literature and visual art. Once again it will be possible to visit the artists' ateliers and speak with them, there are photo exhibitions, puppets shows, concerts, etc.
Being the offer so huge, there are several different "paths" to follow suggested in the brochure.

The event is organized by the Kulturring e. V. in Berlin.

You can find more information on the Kulturring website

The program for Lichtemberg:

Here is the program for Friedrichshain:

Viel Spaß damit! :D

Samstag, 25. August 2012

I want to see this: "Zeitlos schön" at the C/O gallery Berlin

At the C/O Gallery in Oranienburger Str 35/36, 10117 in Berlin has just opened the fashion photography exhibition "Zeitlos schön".

The collection here exhibited spans through the last 100 years of this art, from Man Ray, to Cecil Beaton, to the more contemporary Testino and many more.

You can find more information about the  exhibition here

Together with the exhibition, comes also a fashion photography contest entitled "Timeless Street Fashion Photography Contest", you can find out how to participate here

The exhibition is on until the 28th of October 2012. For prices and opening times you can have a look at the C/O gallery website here.

Viel Spaß!

Sonntag, 22. Juli 2012

A day at the theatre

Legalaliens is a theatre company based in London and devoted to perform plays that speak to people about current affairs, society and immigration: they asked me to produce a few graphic elements for their upcoming show "The return", the play by Sergio Pierattini, tells about the dark secret of a northern Italian family. It is a very actual story and hopefully it will awake the interest of the multi-kulti London audience.

I did for them, this digital collage (together with graphic artist Giovanni De Grande) which represents the elements of the story and was used for the general program of the Camdem Fringe Festival, where the play will be performed.

Then I designed and produced the flyer...

this is the front

                                        ...and this is the  back

(Please click on images to see them bigger)

and I also did the poster!!

Being this, my first graphic job of this kind, I am quite pleased with the result.

If you are in London between the 24th and 26th of August, don't miss the show! It sounds like a very interesting play, grotesque and tragic and a good way to have an uneasy look into northern Italy society. To know more, go to the Legalaliens website clicking here

Enjoy! :o)

Sonntag, 8. April 2012

From paper to fabric: my first handmade T-shirt!

I am more and more into fashion, fashion illustration and sewing. I wanted to show you the first t-shirt I ever made. My sister gave me two different kind of fabric, a piece of orange jersey and a piece of purple glitter cloth.

I wanted to do a "spacey" t-shirt, something inspired by 50's and 60's B-movies and 70's/80's anime, but still romantic enough, so I got inspiration from the 20's.
Strange mix maybe but I am very proud of the result :o)
It took me very long to sew it, hopefully in the next project I will avoid doing the same mistakes!

Here is the inspiration sketch: under it there is the series of possible "logos" to sew on one top side of the shirt, like in an "Enterprise" uniform...

And here is the t-shirt itself: this is the front...

This is the back...

And this is a detail from the "spacey" shoulder.
In the end I renounced to sew the logo on the front of the T-shirt, I didn't want to make it too "baroque". Hope you like it :o)

Freitag, 30. März 2012

More new exhibitions in Berlin!

Two new interesting exhibitions in Berlin!

from the 29th of March to the 21st of October 2012
Deutsche Kinemathek-Museum für Film und Fernsehen,
Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

this is an exhibition for children that explore the figure and role of the heroe in fil, comics, videogames, etc. From Pippi Longstockings to Spiderman, to anime...
Very interesting is the section about "how heroes are made": costumes, stunts, special effects, etc.
There are also film projections and cartoon workshops.
I am not a kid anymore but I might go there as well, I hope they let me in!

DIY - Die Mitmach Revolution
From the 30th of March to the 2nd of September 2012
Musem für Kommunikation Berlin
Leipziger Straße 16
10117 Berlin-Mitte

This exhibition is dedicated to the actual trend of "Do it yourself". It was very common and very cool in the 60's and 70's to do stuff on your own, then due to the economical craze from the 80's on, we lost the need of creating with our hands and also repairing things. We learnt only how to buy, consume and throw away, quicker and quicker.

Since a few years people are getting back to DIY kind activities and, somehow, way of life. Websites like "DaWanda", "Etsy", "Craftsters" are promoting and taking together people with this passion, a passion that in the last years has become also necessity.
The world, thanks to DIY can also be a bit more colorful and less expensive and commercial.
The focus is also on sustainability, recycling and upcycling
I am very curios to see this exhibition and on the website you will find many interesting links.
Beside the exhibition there are open workshop.

I will certainly go to see this one! Hope it is a good suggestion also for you! :o)

Dienstag, 20. März 2012

New exhibitions in Berlin!

So, it's spring! Not only flowers bloom, also new exhibitions pop up like daisy in Berlin!
Here is my personal "Exhibitions wishlist", it may give you some ideas!

Today I saw the poster of this exhibition: I really like Brazilian design, fashion, graphic, etc because is colorful and daring and something really different from "this side of the world".
This is a good opportunity to see a bit of Brazilian design in colorful Berlin

Brasilian Design-
Design Gallery ZEITLOS-
Kantstr. 17; 3.Stock
10623 Berlin

From 23rd of March 2012 to the 5th of May 2012
Vernissage 22.03.2012, h.19.00

I love the 20's and thanks to the fashion blog of Priscilla Obermeier I discovered an exhibition dedicated to Dodo, a 20's Jewish-German illustrator and fashion designer born in Berlin in 1907.
She produced not only illustration for fashion, satirical magazines, graphic, she also painted.
She captured the flavor of the fashion and cosmopolitan life in the Berlin of those years.
Dodo traveled a lot, she lived also in Zurich and in London.
The exhibition is in the Kunstbibliotek. The Kunstbibliotek hosts regularly exhibitions of fashion and fashion illustration.

Dodo (1907-1998) - ein Leben in Bildern

from the 1st of March to the 28th of May 2012
10785 Berlin

It doesn't need much of a presentation a photographic exhibition called "Die Metamorphose Japans nach dem Krieg. - Fotografie 1945-1964" or "The metamorphosis of Japan after the war, photos 1945-1964".
The metamorphosis is not only the destruction brought from the world conflict but also the dramatic change Japan went through after it, the building of super modern cities, the quick re-born of Japan.
Japan's Post-War Metamorphosis. - Photography from 1945 to 1964
from the 9th of March 2012 to the 17th of June 2012

Museum für Fotografie/ Helmut Newton's Stiftung
Jebensstraße 2
10623 Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

The next exhibition is about the bond between art and should be very interesting.


from the 23rd March to the 24th of June
(closed on tuesdays!)

Martin Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7 / Ecke Stresemannstr. 110
10963 Berlin

I must admit I don't really understand the concept of the event "Animismus", in Hause der Kulturen der Welt, but maybe because of this, it could be very interesting to see it. There are exhibitions, film projections, workshop, etc.
And since there is ANIMATION involved, well, I think I have to see it...

from the 16th of March 2012 to the 6th of May 2012

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Viel Spaß! :D

Samstag, 28. Januar 2012

Friedrich Seidenstücker at the Berlinische Galerie

If you are in Berlin and you haven't seen yet this fantastic exhibition of Friedrich Seidenstücker' s photos you have still some time: the last day will be on the 6th of February.

I didn't know the work of this photographer and I must thank my german teacher, who took the class to see it. These photos picture in beautiful back and white moments of the life in the years between 1925 and 1958. There is the craziness and freedom of the 20s, the horror of the second WW (where the only oasis from the human madness was the zoo), the life that begins again after the conflict.
My favorites are pictures of the girls jumping over puddles (a kind of recurrent theme for the photographer) and pictures of animals.
Highly recommended! Here is the website of the Berlinische Galerie and here is the page of the exhibition. :o)

Montag, 23. Januar 2012

2012: NOW is the year of the Dragon!!

Gong Hay Fat Choi! Happy new Chinese year! On the 23rd of January 2012 begins the year of the dragon and is going to be a great year, full of energy! I celebrate it with this illustration dedicated to the dragon and the other Chinese-Horoscope animals.

I thought it would have been interesting to show the main steps of the illustration
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and look for your animal!

I made this illustration with red ink, colored pencils and Ecoline. It was a good way to learn a bit more about animals and how to draw them...Hope you like it! :o)

Samstag, 21. Januar 2012

Shingo Araki!

This post is a tribute to Shingo Araki, who left this planet on the 1st December 2011: he was one of the greatest animators, directors and character design of Japan, a person whose work filled the dreams of many children of the 70's/80s'.
Until the end of the 70ties- beginning of the 80ties in Italy animated cartoons were a kind of rarity. Though we Italian kids had access to Classics like Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, some Disney's shorts, signor Rossi, Popeye, Mr Men, Hanna & Barbera's and some bizarre productions from east Europe, they were broadcast on tv for just 10-15 minutes a day . Our hunger for animation was quenched only when a Disney classic would be back in cinemas or at Christmas, or when psychedelic movies of the sixties like "Yellow Submarine" and "The Point" appeared like shooting stars on our tv screen.
Everything changed when Japanese cartoons arrived in Italy. The first two to land were “Goldrake” and “Heidi”: the success was huge and from then on Italy was flooded with Anime! I remember the name of Shingo Araki, flashing on the screen endless times during the opening credits of many Anime series of those days.
Araki lent his talent to endless series based on Mangas from some of the most important Japan's cartoonists, like Go Nagai and Osamu Tezuka. He brought new life in their characters, gave them color and even more personality. The list of Araki's masterpieces starts with Kimba the White Lion, that he made for Osamu Tezuka in the 60's and then it goes on with La principessa Zaffiro (Princess knight or Ribon no Kishi from the omonimus Osamu Tezuka's Manga), Rocky Joe (Ashita no Joe), Sam ragazzo del west, Babil Jr (Babel II), Goldrake (Ufo Robot Grendizer ) Bia la sfida della magia (Majokko Mego-chan), until the most recent I cavalieri dello Zodiaco (Saint Seja), Lady Oscar (the rose of Versailles). He worked for Toei animation and then in his own company, together with his wife Michi Imeno. Shingo and Michi were a powerful duo, they worked in perfect symbiosis and created masterpieces of animation. Their style became distinctive not only for the graphic but also for the way of telling the stories.

The Anime Wave of those years brought to us Italian children 30 minutes length episodes (against the usual 10 minutes of Disneys or Looney Tunes), plus new themes: until then cartoons were confined to slapstick and fairy tales and now we also had real heroes, everyday emotions, magical powers and super powers, space adventure, fantasy, etc. Often the heroes of the stories were normal everyday kids like us. The impact on Italian children culture and consequently the way children's television was conceived was huge: any broadcaster, small or big, from state or privately own, understood that Anime were a powerful new genre. There were many series and many episodes available, so in a few years animated cartoons were available for 12 hours a day non stop! The phenomenon remained peculiar to south Europe (Italy, Spain and France in particular) so much that until today English speaking countries don't even know the existence of many Anime of those years.

Personally it was and it remains to me, like a magical moment where our little brains were blown away, as if we had a zen illumination or something like it: we realized there are so many kinds of imagination out there, and many different cultures as well. Without the work of Shingo Araki and his colleagues we would have encountered these new magical worlds only very later or not at all. Somehow their animated cartoons freed our minds, they allowed us to imagine something different from the usual, something new and outrageous.

The work of Shingo Araki and his colleagues remains original even today, and it reminds me of a time in which style and personality had a meaning in Japanese Anime (SIC!). The recent remakes of his series (Babel II, Princess Saphire) simply cannot compete with the originals. Araki retired as he was 68, so he worked almost all his life!
If you want to read more about him, here are a couple of pages:
In Italian from Wikipedia:
In English: Very informative this one!
I want to say a big “Thank you Maestro!”, I hope in the next astral-plane they already prepared pencils and paper for your arrival!