Mittwoch, 19. März 2014

Still work in progress

Lately I have been working on some projects that should finally be ready in a few weeks.
Today I suddenly realize that I totally forgot (or rather MONSTROUSLY PROCRASTINATED) to complete the following two illustrations! They are actually waiting since last year to come to an end! :-(

I hope that posting the pictures, it will remind me to finish them as soon as possible (please click on  the images to see them bigger).

The Mongolian Rabbit, is a watercolor illustration based on an exercise I made for an illustration course: an experiment in humanizing an animal and putting it in a particular environment.

A pretty big drawing indeed...
will I ever finish it?

Year of the snake- I totally missed my deadline for the 2013 Chinese Year of the golden Snake! To find an original idea took me ages, now it is half way: a mosaic mixed with collage. I am pretty happy with the effect but really, mosaic is a labor of love.

Year of the snake...last year...

No...I am not finished yet...

Will I ever finish them? stay tuned people! And have faith...!

Sonntag, 2. März 2014

Illustration in Berlin!

Wow, it took me very long to write a new post! But now I am back on the tracks! My first post of the year is dedicated to illustration and two pieces of news that you might find interesting.

The Berlin IIC (Italian Institute of Culture) shows the work of Lorenzo Mattotti, Emiliano Ponzi and Michael Meier, three illustrators who worked on the theme of  "Dante's Inferno", in the exhibition

"Inferno. Zur Dante-Rezeption in Illustrationen, Graphic Novel und Neuen Medien"
(Inferno, Dante in illustrations, graphic novels and new media).
Illustration by Lorenzo Mattotti
The Exhibition is open until the 21st of March.
I must admit I am familiar only with the work of Lorenzo Mattotti, a legend for all illustrators and
comic cartoonist. I started appreciating his work during the 80's, as I studied myself as cartoonist.
I am very curious to see his work but maybe I am even more curious to see the works of his colleagues...because I don't know them.

You can find more information on the website of IIC (unfortunately only in italian and german)

And after watching illustration" let's talk about "drawing illustration": if you live in Berlin and if you are interested in refining your skills or learning how to illustrate with Photoshop and Illustrator, I suggest you to try this course:

Digital Illustration course with Rafa Alvarez, ESDIP-Berlin
from 12th March to 14th April 

Illustration by Rafa Alvarez
The course is taught by the internationally acclaimed illustrator Rafa Alvarez.
I took part to the last November session of the course and I really enjoyed it, that's why suggest it to you.
The course (taught in English) takes the students through the secrets of layers, color palettes, textures, etc etc. and gives, all the tools one needs to find his/her way in digital illustration. A thing that I particularly appreciated was the feedback sessions, where the teacher and all the students correct and make suggestions on everybody's homeworks.
Moreover, Rafa Alvarez has also a good sense of humor, which makes learning much easier.
More information on the ESDIP website: