Illustrations that deals with different emotions and situations I like to develop in my free time to express my creativity and fun. All of them are painted using Adobe Photoshop and some are part collages.
During a foggy November afternoon, I was with my friend in a coffee shop and we were discussing about life and romantic relationships. She started telling me some Fantastic stories about guys that she met and I couldn't stop myself from laughing my heart out. I decided then to write an illustrated book about all of them and to call it “Fantastic boys, and how to lose them”.
This is the story of Mister Merlin, her first.
Distinguishing marks: typical teenager
She met him during a New Year’s Eve celebration in a square and she fell instantly in love with him. They kissed while people around were screaming and enjoying fireworks, and they promised to “keep in touch”.
They went on a while, seeing each others for afternoon’s sessions of intense study, but the distance and well, the age, teared them apart.
she at least, kept the playlist he made for her. So now, every time she hears a Journey’s song she thinks about him.
Imagine you’ re at a party with a friend, and this guy keeps coming over dancing like a weirdo and staring at you. You definitely ignore him the best you can, but eventually he wins and you start dancing with him.
Turns out he is a narcissist, a womaniser and he is absolutely charming!
You start talking for what feels like hours and you then decide to go on a date days after. As per expected, he shows instantly a list of traumas and incapabilities of having normal relationships with people. But, you are used to this and you persevere, it’s your kind of guy! Until, in a moment of intimacy he starts rubbing one of your feet with admiration, saying he “has a thing” for those.
Mr Blue Eyes
Distinguishing marks: morally debatable, cute, playstation lover
Met on social networks, you spend a quite alright night together. The morning after he kicks you out saying he’d like to be alone with his Playstation. And you’re like “meh”.
You don’t see each others for months, then occasionally you go on dates just as friends, having sex a couple of times. You swear it’s only a friend to you, even if you start being at his house more than at yours and you basically do everything together.
Relationships drops after he flirts with your cousin.
Distinguishing marks: bipolar, philanthropist
He looked like a breeze of fresh air, or at least initially. Everything started with a locker decorated with elegant quotes from marvellous books and iconic songs from the past. But just a little hint on the author: “this locker once belonged to Mr T”.
Well, that’s enough to tickle your curiosity in order to find out who this mysterious guy is!
Not long after he is right in front of you asking the weirdest questions about yourself. Charming, with his emerald eyes; Dark, with his beautiful soul. You spend afternoons in the museums together, you stay endless hours in the park talking about life and stealing kisses from time to time. Easy to like him, easy to get burn. Soon you realise he will never be yours: “regular”, “relationship”, “time”, “phone calls” are not words for him. He can disappear, for months. And then he comes back: happy, excited, blue, moody, he is a rollercoaster you can’t and won’t handle.
Distinguishing marks: Sociopath, Sexy, Serial heart-breaker
He owned your heart from the very first moment. With his cheeky smile, the brilliant mind and the same taste in music that you have. You soon realised you loved him, and that would have been good, if.. Well, if he wasn’t a total psycho. You started dating knowing he had another girl, the GIRLFRIEND. Then you became the girlfriend, but inevitably soon after another girl showed up. Not easy to manage, right? Someone else would have quit, But not you, you want to be proper hurt, until it bleeds. So you persevered, doing exactly everything he wanted you to, bearing his ups and downs, being there, taken for granted.
You don’t even know after how many months you finally escaped this insanity, but you did. At least until you find out he stole your favourite t-shirt and you have to go back to take it.
And here we go again.
Distinguishing marks: boring, expert sommelier, have I said boring already?
Do you know those evenings you just wanna stay in, not seeing anybody, hiding from the world? Well, Mr Roberts makes you feel exactly like this: lifeless. And I am so sorry that it turned out this way because he’s such a good boy, kind, even good looking. But gosh, you just can’t stand him even on text messages! Of course he has a good job, a regular life, never being convicted in something vicious.. But c’mon, a little bit of excitement sometimes is what you need! But no, he invites you over for a glass of wine, and then cuddles. He wants to know about your day, but when you ask : “ what about you?” he just replies nothing happened. Nothing EVER happens.
So you disappear, like you’re used to and he eventually finds someone else to invite for wine tastings and a steak.
Wanna know how that turned out?
Distinguishing marks: couch surfer, weird sex habits, nerd
So this is an awkward story: you met Mr Tickle through a dating app, went out for dinner and then ended up having sex at your place . Now, I am perfectly aware there’s nothing weird so far, but it’s the procedure that is a bit odd.
You are lying in bed and he says he has a secret to tell. He says he likes ticklish girls. You’re like “ ok, what ?!” and at the beginning you just go with the flow. Until you realise he needs that to turn on. The more you giggle, the more he likes it. You try to meet him other times at his hostel and it always ends in the same way.
Unfortunately you don’t enjoy these encounters as much as he does anymore, so you decide to stop it for good, passing on to the next one.
starbucks 's community board
"One person, one cup, one neighbourhood at a time".
From the mission statement of the brand to the actual relationship between “partners” and customers. In the period between 2017 to 2018 I’ve been doing illustrations all over London for Starbucks, decorating their Community Boards and observing the fundamental relationship between consumer and brand. Each store has a different story, a different vibe and different kind of customer. But the principle is, every customer love its store. And my aim was to show that, with just a white chalk marker and a blackboard.
In July 2018 I also participated illustrating the front window of Great Portland Street’s Starbucks in occasion of the “Pride in London 2018”.
Artworks for Nobody Wins music band
Nobody Wins is a rock band based in London formed by three musicians, Sngho Leigh, Sotirios Arvanitopoulos and Pravir Ramasundaram. I have had the opportunity to work with them on creating the logo and artworks for their gigs around town.
Nobody Wins is a London based music band that is formed by three musicians, coming from different countries but with the same dreams and vision about music. I collaborated with them from 2017 to 2018 creating logo and artworks for their promotional gigs. The influence of seventies and heavy rock vibes, combined with a cynical vision of modern society and love for comic strips inspired us to create a style which is highly recognisable and fresh.
Illustrations for music album
Project developed in university during my fashion design bachelor. The idea is to blend simplicity of lines and design with dip dye, a peculiar process of dyeing textiles, natural and elegant. Inspirational was the work of Bruno Munari and Pringle of Scotland. The project was entirely designed by me, as the garments of the collection, that were sewn and showed as graduation project.
During my third year at Politecnico of Milan I partecipated at a workshop about the great fashion designer Gianfranco Ferrè and the possible transformations of the white shirt. I've enjoyed a lot playing with shapes and textiles, creating my own version of a haute couture shirt.