Wednesday, January 28, 2015

lesson number 1

Well, I have finally decided to upgrade my skills and bought a pen tablet. I always have been skeptical about it, as I am an old school drawer, accustomed to look directly at what the pencil tip is doing. But times change and we must keep in step with the times. And time is money. And they say pen tablets help saving time. And money. It all makes sense.
Anyway, this is my very first practise. It feels like drawing with a bath soap at the moment, but it is getting better move after move. So this is also the first episode of my journey to the mastery of technique! Stay tuned :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

the gingerbread man

Happy new year folks! :) It seems Christmas is not over for me. Joking aside, here is my last artwork for 2014: a children's book cover project featuring the Gingerbread Man. I like Christmas stuff so I enoyed making it very much :) In the meantime, 2015 has already begun with many news and projects on the stocks and this makes me feel very happy. Let's go!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

happy december and merry christmas :)

Almost all the things I love in one picture: light strings, Christmas ornaments, cats, space, the moon, the snow, spacecrafts, shiny stuff, stars... Can you guess my favourite month of the year and of my calendar? :)
Happy Christmas, a super 2015 to you all and a big thank you for reading me and appreciating my work! Much love! 

Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

all came from a dream

This is my illustration for Kairos, a non-profit association that deals with custody of minors. The association was in the need of an image restyling and my cousin Monica, founder and chairwoman, asked me to draw a dream she made about children floating in the air and adults picking them down like balloons. I really enjoyed drawing with coloured pencils again after a lot of time, It is relaxing and everything comes easier, isn't it? :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

bubu's handmade

Bubu's Handmade è un bellissimo negozietto online che fa un sacco di cose stupende. La Fru, una delle due socie, che è anche una mia amica qui di Bologna, mi ha commissionato il ritratto delle bimbe Bubu's, che sono le modelle ufficiali del progetto (nonchè proprio figlie stesse). Io vado matta per gli oggettini che producono e mi sono già fatta preparare una casetta da appendere al muro, simile a quella che vedete nella foto in cui spunta anche il mio orologio di Cappuccetto e il Lupo :)
Nel frattempo, stiamo tramando grandi cose insieme. State sintonizzati!
Intanto, seguite Bubu's su Instagram: bubushandmade ;)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


And this should have been my illustration for this year's Halloween. But those days I was at the mercy of events and had no time for tricks or treats :) Besides being my Halloween illustration, this is also October from my calendar. Boo!

Amy Winehouse - October Song (2003)

Monday, November 17, 2014

little bear

This is a couple of details from a book sample I made some weeks ago: a book sample is like a prototype waiting to be published (or discarded). This time I drew the cover and the first spread of this book about a little bear who doesn't want to go into hibernation :)
Further details here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm still alive!

It's more than one month that I'm not blogging, but I'm still alive!
Now, one move (to a new supercool flat) and 4 (I said four) children books later... I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel :)
Today I found 5 free minutes that I'm using to show you something new: a while ago, I made these two illustrations for L'Ontano, an italian small non-profit organisation working with donkeys and vegetable gardens :) Now the project has been published, so here it is. See you soon!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

mercatino bric-à-brac

Domenica 5 ottobre (questa che viene), al Mercatino Bric-à-brac dello spazio Granata (a Bologna, in via San Carlo, ci saranno anche i miei cocci e le altre amenità. Siccome, per mancanza di tempo, di spazio e di fiato, ho deciso di sospendere la produzione di oggetti dipinti (per prime le ceramiche), questo sarà il mio ultimo mercatino per un bel po' di tempo. Poi magari la prossima settimana cambio idea e rettifico tutto ma, per adesso, la decisione è questa :) Perciò, chi volesse accaparrarsi le ultime creature, sappia che domenica potrà farlo con grandi bazze e omaggi! Dai mo'!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

hello march!

I don't know what's going on in your countries, but here in Bologna this year 2014 is being as rainy as March all the time. The funny thing is that I've never seen so many rainbows in all my life. My gentleman piranha and his drop crew must be very happy about this :) So heres the second step of my hellocalendar!

Mina - La Pioggia di Marzo (1973)