Tears for Mila.
Concept illustration for a poster design related to a Latvian dream.
«She’ll come, a beetle musky oil speckled on clothes. Touching my sleep down her caress I become her beat and soul. Garden goats strewn her through a passing goatherd singing of her life with love. What hinders her small Paradise? I grew the dew, living her drenched and frozen soul. Lady-girl fleeing the young belief. Strewn of your living, she’ll go».
© 2017 Sir Joe Works – sirjoeworks.com
An unfinished illustration.
Here is one more concept sketch related to the Vintage Crossover philosophy. It was made last year with just a few graphic elements and traces of calligraphy on old paper.
«You can’t get a nice cream from an ice lolly but you can recycle Andy’s views about Holly!»
Rusted art photography.
This photo was shot some years ago in the small village of Sorano, not too far from Pitigliano (Maremma, Tuscany), in Italy. It’s a piece of old metal that was covering a box with water counters. While in many cases it’s better to prevent rust from eroding tools and objects, sometimes red oxide looks visually beautiful. For example, the grungy surface of the picture above reminds me Jackson Pollock’s dripping paintings.
These kind of textures are also useful for different types of artworks: beside 3D renderings, they can be used to add depth and charm to a flat illustration. It’s easy way to achieve organic aesthetic within a drawing, enhancing it with warmth.
You should keep in mind: rust is art!
All he gave them was a smile.
Here goes my tribute to the great comedian Jerry Lewis, inspired by his characters’ accessories: a pair of black nerd glasses, and fake teeth. It’s just a minimalist raw drawing on a rough vintage paper, embellished with a famous signature.
«Just think about all the time you’re going to have to spend with you. And if you don’t think too much of yourself, how do you expect others to?»
[Prof. Julius Kelp – The Nutty Professor, 1963]
What is fake and what is real?
This brand new artwork brings a view of some meta-mixed media art. In modern world, reality often blends into digital realms. Many times is quite difficult to understand what is fake and what is real. This artwork is a mix of different techniques, media, and physical existences. It’s a minimalist portrait of a polygonal pin-up created with the help of virtual stencils. A digital graffiti on a vintage fresco wall. A kind of intangible art that persists only in the mind (and in your device’s screen, hard drive memory, or by your cloud storage provider). The only tangible element of this piece, but I guess not for so long, is the crumbling plaster pictured in the photo and located in the small village of Sorano (Maremma, Tuscany, Italy). Ironically, ethereal digital street art will probably last more than the corporeal one.
Now, this is really mixed media art! Or very conceptual art: there is no physical object. There is just the idea of it.
Meaning is not the message.
Last year I was working on a wrapping paper design project for Christmas time. Some graphic elements from those patterns, like the Ruscus aculeatus, known as butcher’s-broom, were later used for this artwork, a mixed media collage that was clearly influenced by the vintage crossover philosophy.
The title of this drawing is related to the powerful prophecies concealed inside the Psychopathic Book, previously quoted in the post Legs Factory Drawing. You can have a glimpse of it through the calligraphic text written in a old scratched red paint.
An alternative version of this illustration is going to be used for a series of T-shirts.
Views from a mysterious planet.
This rocky desert landscape is a concept illustration for a project I was working on a couple of years ago. Inspired by some great science fiction artists such as Raplh McQuarrie and Alex Schomburg, it looks something between Tatooine and Mars.
A primitive anthropomorphic figure on top of a cliff is watching through the horizon under the heat of two suns. It’s not clear what he is looking for. Maybe he’s just experiencing a journey in search of his soul.
The landscape reminds the one inside the prophetic post Vintage Sci-Fi Illustration: Tin Can 69, but with a different seasonal mood.
It has been told that there are some nice textures, halftone effects, and different custom-made digital brushes on this planet!
Sci-Fi visuals are often better when accompanied by a good soundtrack, like the ones created by Bebe and Louis Barron (Forbidden Planet, 1956), Bernard Hermann (The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951), and John Williams (Star Wars trilogy, 1977, 1980, 1983), who was heavenly inspired by Gustav Holt’s orchestral suite The Planets (1914 – 1916).
Black ink on stripes.
Here goes another drawing found inside Sir Joe Works’ archives: it’s a scan from my old Mexican sketchbook, a doodle made with a vintage fountain pen and some crayons. Beside the nice black-inked trace flowed from the consumed nib, I like the visual impact of the striped notebook page!
Ninety-two minutes of applause.
Paolo Villaggio, the legendary Italian comedian creator of characters such as Professor Krantz, Giandomenico Fracchia, and Ugo Fantozzi, passed away at the age of 84. As most of the geniuses and smart people, he was also cynical and misunderstood. Fantozzi’s clerk cloud perfectly symbolize his attitude, which was also someway melancholic. That’s why I decided to represent it with this illustration, my tribute to Paolo Villaggio. During an interview, while talking about his memories of Italy’s Liberation Day, at the end of Nazi occupation of the country during World War II, he stated: «That morning of April 25th was a wonderful sunny day. Look, at that time there was an important thing that perhaps your generation does not remember: there was no pollution. That is, there was war, but there was a wonderful sea odor. Then in Liguria there was the smell of Pittosporum, an aristocratic odor, a mirage of perfume».
Three months ago, on April of this year, Piero Gatti, one of the Italian designers that introduced Sacco in 1968, the bean bag chair, died in Tuscany. The modern and uncomfortable design of the chair was part of one of the most classic Fantozzi and Fracchia sketches.
Someone says Fantozzi’s character is the most important satirical invention of the second half of 20th century.
While shooting the movie Fantozzi Alla Riscossa in 1990, Villaggio released an interview where he made a prediction about his death: «Many ask me: “Are you still doing Fantozzi?”. Sure, more than ever! Now, with the necessary distances, Totò has made Totò all his life. And they did not ask him, “Totò, are you still doing Totò?”. What did you want him to do? It was formidable in its genre. Fantozzi has become a bit of a character. And in Italy the glory in life is not recognized, but I assure you that after death I will be glorified. And Fantozzi is a great character»!
Concept idea for a wine label inspired by the producer’s logo.
Among all the sketches created for Villa Tonioli logo design, there was one that was the inspiration for this vintage engraving plate. It’s a view of the classic country-house (podere) that you can find around the hills of Tuscany, just like the vineyards, the roads sided by cypresses, or the hay bales panoramas.
The graphic design style is a mix between vintage prints and modern comics, all laid on a grungy old paper. Obviously, lettering had to match the manually-crafted feeling of the artwork, so it’s rough and with some imperfections. The text inside the ribbon was inspired by Giambattista Bodoni’s serif typefaces design, while the other one (Pitigliano, located in Maremma, Italy, is where the wine is produced) it’s more related to calligraphy.
I will post the final label design in the future. Stay tuned!