Tuesday, May 10, 2016

new work


here's the first of a new series of paintings and illustrations i am preparing for an exhibition later this year. very weird but nice to be painting on big spaces again after a long time. will keep you posted.

'vegetation', acrylics on canvas, 60x80cm

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

a little preview of the next book



a little preview of the work behind the book I made last year for Kids Can Press. It's about political activist and freer of child workers Mother Jones. It comes out in September!

Friday, April 1, 2016

a book, a book fair.

a little sneakpeek of an illustration from my new book with Zoolibri, coming out this year. I can't wait to show you more, it was a beautifully simple, poetic text and a real wonder to illustrate.

I'm off to the Bologna Book Fair, always a wonderful adventure.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

sketchbook




playing with pencils, watercolours and straight inks. also practicing hiragana, just for fun.

Monday, March 21, 2016

animation backgrounds



just a few of the hundreds of drawings i made as backgrounds for a series of animations made as a collaboration with mosaic films before christmas. more about that soon.

Monday, March 14, 2016

good food for corriere della sera




three illustrations I did for last friday's Corriere della Sera. they publicize the foodie event cibo a regola d'arte which tool place last weekend in Milan.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

hide


and seek.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

the jewish ghetto of venice: animations




here is a teaser of the animations I worked on with Amopix and Tangram film as part of the documentary: "500 years of the Ghetto of Venice". The documentary tells the story of the history of the first Jewish Ghetto in the world. you can see the full length animation extracts from the documentary here.


Monday, December 21, 2015

mary and child


may it be a blessed christmas.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crescendo, a new book

I finally have some time to share my new book with you! It's a story written by my dear friend Susanna, based on an idea for a book that i had started working on about 5 years ago.

I'd come up with an idea about a town where music ceased to exist, and a little boy helped bring it back. I didn't know how to develop the story or find an ending for it, so I asked Susanna for help. I had already made about 5 illustrations, and we took the opposite route. She wrote a beautiful story based on the initial concept, but adding an unexpected twist: the boy is deaf.

After many turmoils (uninterested publishers, a doubtful and lazy illustrator, the finally giving up and leaving the book to gather dust in an abandoned drawer), I am happy to announce that Crescendo has seen the light of day. there are already books out there with my name on it, but I can say that this is really my first, as it goes back to the very beginning of my life as an illustrator.








The title is a play on the musical term which comes from the italian word 'growing'. an apt term in every way.

Susanna has dedicated the story to the Manos Blancas project, an initiative born in Venezuela to bring music to children who are cognitively or hearing impaired.

The book was published in Spain by La Fragatina,  you can find it online in Spanish and Italian.