Monthly Archives: March 2017

Digital Painting: Portrait Of A Lady

Lady Stardust
Traces of Stardust and Expressionism.

I made this painting a couple of years ago as a test for some custom digital brushes. With a good set of brushes you can quickly and easily achieve different kinds of interesting effects and textures for your artwork. Even a simple doodle can turn in something visually catching!
The subject portrayed in this drawing was inspired by Lady Stardust.

Italian Composers Of Music Scores: Poster Design

Once Upon A Time In Italy
A tribute to Italy’s golden era of film production.

I’ve recently come across this poster design I was working on a few years ago. It’s a preview made for a film festival dedicated to famous Italian composers of music scores, the old vintage Spaghetti Western movies above all. In this first version of the poster you can see portraits of Piero Umiliani, composer of the famous soundtrack Mah Nà Mah Nà (1968) popularized by The Muppets; the skilled whistler Alessandro Alessandroni; and Ennio Morricone, composer of hundreds of scores, including the well known Spaghetti Western movies directed by Sergio Leone, such as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, and Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), just to name a few.

For the design of this poster I obviously wanted to catch a bit of the feeling that defined the graphic style during the sixties and seventies. At the time, those exploitation films were quite underrated (like the ones with Italian actor Totò), but then gained popularity through the years and even surged to a cult level. Clint Eastwood rose his fame thanks to this genre of movies and some epic quotes like: «There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window» or «You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig»!

Vexillography: False Flag Design

Vexillography: False Flag
How vexillology can influence geopolitics.

The art of designing flags is known as “vexillography”. A flag is generally used to represent something and make it recognizable. This concept is so obvious that can be employed to trick people, like doing something bad and blame it to someone else by using manipulated ensigns to mislead public opinion.
In the last years, the war in Syria produced many examples of this modus operandi. From airstrikes allegedly targeting civilians to different groups of rebels and terrorists, everybody is condemning each other about something. It all seems very confusing. A couple of years ago, I even made a simple infographic to help distinguish moderate terrorists from normal ones.

This illustration is an example of false flag design. It looks like a real one but it isn’t. If you think that creating fake flags is easy you’re wrong: there is a lot of rivalry and competition in this job. The world is full of Machiavellian vexillographers!

Landscape Photography: Moons Of Tuscany

Moon Rising In Maremma
Unseen views of Italy.

This shot of the moon rising over a sunset was made a couple of years ago while biking in Maremma, Tuscany, on a perfect late-springtime evening. On the background you can have a glimpse of the classic hills with olive trees and, in foreground, the road that goes to the sea. The sun is fading behind the scenes.
Riding a bike in the countryside always makes you feel better, but there should be more time and roads dedicated to cycling. So, if you like Nature, bikes, and photography, please get active and support the Less Cars More Bikes movement!

A Tribute To Chuck Berry

A Tribute To Chuck Berry
The real King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

This poster design is one of my tributes to the legendary Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017), rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, and maybe, Mr. Rock ‘n’ roll itself. According to John Lennon: «If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it “Chuck Berry”».
The artwork comes in a minimalist flat design flavor. It’s Chuck Berry’s silhouette performing his classic Duck Walk!

The King of Rock and Roll recorded his first hit, Maybellene, in 1955, the same year he wrote Johnny B. Goode. Less than twenty years earlier, the King of Mississippi Delta Blues Robert Johnson was recording Sweet Home Chicago (1936). A lot of good music was made, during the years between those two recordings, by guys like Joe Turner and Pete Johnson (Roll ‘Em Pete, 1938), Louis Jordan with Carl Hogan (Ain’t That Just Like A Woman 1946), T-Bone Walker (I Got A Break Baby, 1942; Strollin’ With Bones, 1950), just to name a few examples!
I guess their parents weren’t ready for that yet, but the kids loved it!