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