venerdì 15 novembre 2013

IF... Tail

Speech. After a long silence. My last post dates back to may 2013. Such a long time without drawing! That's why for this week's illustration friday topic "Tail" I am forced to take out from my archive this 1997 pencil drawing. Do you like it?

martedì 28 maggio 2013

sabato 20 aprile 2013


"I'm always running behind the time.Just like this train. Shaking into town. With the brakes complaining ..."  Joni Mitchell - Just Like This Train

domenica 14 aprile 2013

IF... Wild

yesterday night, in a moment of relax from my job, I was thinking about an image to sketch for this week's Illustration Friday topic "Wild". I took my colored pencils and in a few minute a sort of sad blue yeti, sitting on a red chair, came to life on my piece of paper. It was not enough. Still the image lacked something... so I decided to put the poor tamed creature in chains and close it in a bottle, just like student Anselmus in E.T.A. Hoffmann's short story "Der Goldene Topf". Don't you feel a little bit of sympathy for this formerly wild strange elf?

domenica 3 febbraio 2013

venerdì 25 gennaio 2013

IF... Wings

“Black birds storms appear in the air,
 a dark prophecy over Rouen sky”

Last October I was asked to contribute with an illustration to a limited edition of a book celebrating 40 years of career of  Italian singer and composer Alice. I immediately thought about illustrating the few verses above, taken  from a song by Italian musician Mino diMartino, included in Alice’s latest cd “Samsara”. The text of the song is an intimate, evocative portrait of Joan of Arc, strange topic enough for a pop music song! This is the genesis of this acrylic on paper (cm 30 x cm 25), which I titled “Il Cielo di Rouen” (Rouen Sky). Hope you like it!

venerdì 18 gennaio 2013

IF... Myth

This week's Illustration Friday topic Myth suggested me to take out from the drawer this very old piece (1982, I think) which I titled Proteus. The old sea-divinity of the Greek mythology who knows everything about present, past and future and is capable of changing form and aspect to escape inquiries  is here a sort of modern dancer or ice skater. Hiding his face with a mask he tries to run away to avoid answering questions, but who is chasing him?