Between one sketch and another, between an experiment and many sheets that ended up in the basket, I got entangled in a remake of the Dark Forest. It had to be a very detailed black and white ink line. Then I wanted to watercolor it. Without keeping an “undamaged” copy. Sigh!! The result is decent […]
The following illustration is an allegorical interpretation of Dante’s episode of the Three “fere” to which I have already dedicated an other illustration in ink. Watercolor and ink, 35×35 . The delivery times of the contest were tight and the drawing has kept many smudges. But that’s okay too. Or not?
I decided to enter one of my watercolors in an online italian art contest, from 25 oct to 25 nov 2021. You can find it here !! Those who would take a look, could express their eventual satisfaction through a vote!. Thanks anyway! The watercolor is the one dedicated to “The boat of Caronte”. Just
“I am eager for my boys and girls to exert themselves to do good and to grow nobly. What my children appear to be on the surface is no matter to me. I am fooled neither by gracious manners nor by bad manners. I’m interested in what is truly beneath each kind of manners.” All
I’m struggling with Paolo and Francesca.I’m struggling with Paolo and Francesca. Always with the pretense of being a little original. .l In the photo, study detail for the closing verse of Canto Quinto, … “come corpo morto cade” … as a dead body falls.
Carlo Cottarelli is an authoritative economist, with experiences in important institutions. In my opinion we could define him, with an oxymoron, a romantic enlightenment. In fact, for years he has been engaged in monitoring the Italian situation, studying the increasingly urgent adjustments to our unsustainable way of life. In this essay he highlights the two
… Everyone says: “It’s the plague, we’ve had the plague”. They very nearly want a medal. But what is the plague? It’s life, that it is… Albert Camus, La Peste, Giunti / Bompiani, May 2020. From the italian translation by Yasmina Elaouah.
…””Tutti dicono:”E’ la peste, abbiamo avuto la peste”. Poco ci manca che vogliono una medaglia. Ma cosa vuol dire la peste? E’ la vita, punto e basta.”” Albert Camus, La Peste, Giunti Editore Spa/Bompiani, ed.ne maggio 2020. Traduzione di Yasmina Melaouah.
Since I wrote somewhere that I did not remember an illustration or painting that reproduced in full or legibly the famous “inscription” that Dante places on top of the infernal door, here is the first exception; you never stop knowing. It is one of the 88 illustrations that the sixteenth-century painter Federico Zuccari dedicated to
When I set about performing a series of illustrations from Dante’s Inferno with ink and watercolors, I had a doubt that I have not yet freed myself from. It concerns a substantial incompatibility between the dominant colors of Dante’s Inferno, dark colors between black and red, and the transparencies of watercolor. The ink drawings in
I have an ancient passion for comics. And also a certain respect: it is not at all easy to write and draw them. Someone calls it the 9th art, a sequential art, an expression that I do not share sic et simpliciter. Comics are necessarily editorial products, they live on stilemes, iteration, seriality. In other
I point out Pete Beard’s You Tube channel and in particular the series dedicated to “Unsung Heroes Of Illustration”. It is a rich retrospective that traces the career of the greatest international illustrators, with particular reference to the golden age of illustration. Beard’s comments are in easy-to-understand English. They are a great opportunity to deepen
I always spend a lot of time deciding the perspective of a new composition and, in particular, the point of view. It is crucial: So, I decide the “meaning” I want to give to the image, what it “must say”. Having overcome this first obstacle, in principle there were problems in handling that “a priori”
These are the first days of “life” of this definitely “do it yourself” blog / album. I would like to thank a large group of people, all graphic arts professionals, whose video tutorials have unwittingly given me a big help in cultivating my hobby. I consider it a duty to acknowledge their contribution. I could not