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.

 

Gambarimasu!

I’m back in Berlin to usual life and usual weather….it is cold! It seems like the winter is back, a crazy cold! I miss the spring that I left in Barcelona…

But it’s ok, that means I have to stay at home in my little studio, sit at my desk, working on all the projects that I want to finish this year.
“GAMBARIMASU!”
This magic japanese word means “I will do my best!”, I learned it from the thousands of anime that I watch always and of course from Yuki, my boyfriend.

So I will work hard this year to go a bit closer to my goals, and the bad weather can not stop me 😉
Just to remember that it is actually spring time, despite the Berlin cold, here a sketch that I did in Barcelona at Sant Jordi, while I was in La Rambla with my friends, selling books and bookmarks.
It represents the Princess of Sant Jordi’s legend. Although I thought it could be maybe a bit creepy, many children appreciated it and that made me so happy!

sketch_jordi web

 

New Thinking Portrait

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Hello!

I’ve just uploaded my new “Thinking Portrait” illustrations on my portfolio.

What do you think about the evolution of this portrait series? I’m kind of happy with that, but I would like to receive feedback of course 🙂

In the last months I’m using mostly Caran d’Ache water-soluble wax pastel for my illustrations, I’m in love with them! My boyfriend gave me a 30 pack  as christmas present, he could’t make me happier!

 

pastelli

 

 

Oh Barcelona!

So also this little break from the daily life is going to the end and tomorrow evening I’ll go back to Berlin. It was very nice being in Barcellona with my old sicilian friends, enjoying the heat of a mediterranean land.

Tomorrow before leaving I will be with my friends in La Rambla, celebrating Sant Jordi in an improvised stand with books, roses and my bookmarks. My friends are all amazing writers and their book are crazy good, written both in italian and spanish. So if you are in Barcellona come to visit us tomorrow!

And now I leave you with a sketch that I did in the Park Guell listening to a band called Tablao Sur, they played beautiful latin music danced so nicely! It was very inspiring being in that wonderful park with that soundtrack.

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Sant Jordi in Barcelona

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Hello everybody!

I’m in Barcellona right now visiting my best friend Diana. It is always nice to be here! The weather is wonderful! I came on Saturday leaving a cold and grey Berlin and I found the sun, the sea and a nice warm wind….aaahaha I miss the mediterranean weather!

On next Saturday, 23rd April, is the celebration of Sant Jordi, patron of Catalonia, who saved the princess from the dragon. The tradition wants in this day a exchange of gift between lovers, the man gives a rose to his woman and receives  a book. Furthermore Sant Jordi is also the book’s celebration.

My friends are organizing a small market where they will sell their books and roses – of course 🙂 -.

So while I’m here I thought to partecipate as well, preparing some handmade bookmarks and illustrations inspired to the legend of Sant Jordi.

I’m looking forward to seeing the festive city!

 

Sister

Hello hello!

I’m writing from Brussels, I came here to visit one of my little sisters for the weekend.

I was supposed to fly yesterday back to Berlin but because of the strike of the air controller my fly was deleted so, if everything goes fine, I should fly tomorrow evening back.

Because of my vision of “everything-happen-for-a-reason”, I believe that this happened because I have to spend a bit more time wit m sister, and I’m happy for that, of course.
So while I’m here I did a portrait of her, hoping that watching it everyday will bring her colors and smiles.

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