Saturday, April 5, 2014

girl on a swing

a little illustration for my daughter's room. you can find a print of this here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

on ancient rome, making books, and mental sanity

I recently said no to a potentially awesome book project with a major italian publishing house. after making this picture last year as a 'trial' for one book, they had decided to let me work on another text altogether, which i loved even more and wanted to work on badly. but the first weeks of a tiny human life take their toll, and lack of sleep, after weeks, drives you to such exhaustion that cannot be put into words. your body, brain and art suffers as a result. i had to be honest with myself, it could not be done. not at this time. it was a tough decision, because i've never really said no to any work before, especially not for book illustration. plus, i was already working on a book project. two would just be too much. it made me think about priorities, and that mental sanity has to be on top of the list. without it, i can do nothing. i cannot look after my child, i cannot create meaningful pictures. what i was making was empty and frustrated, and badly executed at that. it made me think that this is hard work that needs the right amount of attention and dedication, and not being able to give that to any one project means that project must not be done, by you, at that time.
learning to say no is hard, but is an incredible lesson in humility, which i need more of, always.
Having said that, i am working, slowly and steadily, in the cutouts of time she allows me, on other things, which i will share here soon. but now i must go read a book to my wide eyed child.

meanwhile,here is einstein on reading fairy tales.

update: this illustration is now available as a print on society 6.

Friday, February 28, 2014

work recently

i've slowly started to get back to work. the time left is small still, but it's nice to get my hands dirty again with things that ain't nappies. working on sketches for a book, and below, some vignettes i did for travel and leisure magazine in mexico.

Monday, February 17, 2014


a piece i did for martha stewart living magazine.

Friday, January 31, 2014


little Nina, born 10th january, turned my life upside down!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

new things

as i patiently wait for my child to come into the world, i wish you all a wonderful year ahead.
may it be full of surprises and colour and life.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

three trees

little paintings i made for the group exhibition currently on at associazione b5 in via bertani 5, Rome.
acrylics on wooden board.

three gifts of christmas: love, light, word.

Friday, December 13, 2013

little group christmas show

tomorrow from 6pm i will be at a group christmas exhibition organized by some friends at associazione b5, via agostino bertani 5, trastevere. the show runs til the 24th december, and will be full of bits and pieces from many great illustrators, designers and sculptors. stop by if you're in rome.

domani dalle 18 sarĂ² all'inaugurazione di una mostra natalizia collettiva organizzata dagli amici dell'associazione b5, in via agostino bertani 5, zona trastevere. la mostra sarĂ  visibile fino al 24 dicembre, e parteciperanno tanti illustratori, fumettisti, designer e scultori. passate se siete in zona. qui le info.

Monday, December 2, 2013

london on film

just developed a roll from a trip to london couple of months ago.

i just love the thrill of opening the photo envelope and remembering what was photographed. these were taken with a canon A1. such a beautiful city.

Monday, November 11, 2013

illustrated recipes: cacio e pepe

a little reprise in honour of an old favourite of mine, the deceivingly simple cacio e pepe.
deceiving because, to make a good creamy cacio e pepe, you need a bit less calculating, a bit of love for the few items required, and a bit of practice.
adapted from rachel's true to roots recipe. serves two.

this illustrated recipe is available here with all the others, with free shipping til 17th november.