Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Almost Ready!!!

So here we are! I am going to Bologna this year to attend the Children’s Book Fair for my first time!!!

I’m so excited and a bit afraid, it is the most important event concerning children book so I wonder if I will be overwhelmed by it. I read so much information around the internet (thanks to all the illustrators who shared their experience) but I think I will never be prepared enough!

So there is not so much to do than jump into it!

This week I prepared all my promotion material: business cards, post cards, little tiny zines with my works, poster for the Illustrator’s Wall and of course dummy books and my portfolio. I struggled about the portfolio’s format, in the beginning I thought to print my work in A3 format, but in the end I choose a more practical A4, that can easily fit in my backpack.

Still I have one dilemma: bring the original drawings or not? Yesterday I was framing and carefully packing them in a 60×40 cm folder, it is big! I imagined me going around the fair carrying this huge folder while all the experienced illustrator walk light with small cute portfolios or even just a tablet, and I saw it, that big arrow over my head saying “The Beginner”. Still I can not decide…

Here a picture of the small format material and a cute vintage sigarettes holder that I use to keep cards, isn’t it adorable?

 

 

 

New fresh refurbishing ONLINE SHOP!!!

Hello there!

I have fresh uploaded new vintage hand painted ceramics on my Etsy shop.

Lot of dishes, espresso cups and tea cups for all the taste! I hand painted and fired them in my home studio in Berlin, adding to the original glaze and decor my illustrations. The two thing merge perfectly despite the difference of age.

And because of the power of love, Valentine’s Day coming and my incurable romanticism and blablablabla….I’m planning to have soon sales, giveaways and many other surprise so STAY TUNED!

Follow me on Facebook or Instagram for any updated.

Bacio!

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Japan holiday is finished – Back to work!!!

Here we are again, Berlin! I was one month in Japan and just came back to reality…

It was a great time and time flied faster then I imagined.

I came back full of new ideas and energy to immerse myself in my new projects! Now it is a count down to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I’m working on couple of new books and I will update the progress here and on my social networks.

If you are curious about it, follow me on Instagram: @cicca_boom .

In the while enjoy the Okinawa mermaid 🙂

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Illustrated Diary: drawing without thinking

It happens always.

I take a brush and I draw whatever in the first sheet of paper I find close to me and …. TADAAN! Waoh, it’s really a nice one!

Then I try to draw it again and better, and the result? It is always worst.

That’s why the second time I want to create the perfect drawing, I try an excessive control on my hand, so that I’m scared to wrong and fail. And the final effect is artificial, not natural, bad.

What I need is to make free my drawing of the fear of not being able to make the perfect piece, I have to learn to make beautiful mistakes.

So I start an illustrated diary, full of daily sketches, doodles and scratches to feel free to draw, experiment and find a new way to put in the paper all the mess I have in my mind, but with no care.

Drawing without too much thought. That’s it.

 

Wild and Free! Vintage Hand Painted Dish

Hello hello!

It has been a while from last the time that I updated my Etsy shop. So today I uploaded this vintage dish, made in DDR, I painted it last year with a hippie-gipsy-woman illustration, with her delicate flowers crown.

What? You were just thinking about a bohemian touch for your kitchen? Then you definitely need this dish 😉

Check out my shop for more ceramics and art!

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