Thursday, February 26, 2015

Black, Red and Amy.

Once in while I love early wake up...they make me long at my day ahead in more efficient way .
Woke at 6 am today and put some finishing touches on this last Amy Winehouse.
Here I worked with acrylic, ink, pencil and wax pastel. Plus a collage on her lyrics in the back ground.

acrylic, ink, pencil and wax pastel on paper.
from my sketchbook.

 Taking the doggie for a mini walk than back to work! :)
Have a great day guys!
Here it looks beautiful already .

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Portrait .

Here are my drawings from today's head drawing class:

He looked a bit angry...

  And she looked a bit sad !!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Amy seppia colors.

watercolor, ink and collage on paper.
from my Sketchbook.

Still messing around with the cover project with Amy Winehouse....not convinced  yet!
More to come :)
Have a nice evening everyone!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amy Winehouse, from my sketchbook

Listening to Amy Winehouse  and drawing her face...that was my Saturday evening this weekend. With hubby sick and dog asleep.
Yesterday I added some color to it and did a bit of collage with some of her beautiful but quite depressive lyrics (!).
Will probably use this first sketch as an idea for an AAU  project for this semester : designing a cover for the Rolling Stones magazine .

acrylic, pencil, collage
from my sketchbook

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Work in progress.... Underworld.

This a shot of my last digital work in progress. I have different projects going on at the same time plus I have been a nursing my sick hubby for the last few days (he is getting better at least!) ...definitely not enough time on my day!!!
Hope you guys had a nice weekend! Awesome weather here in Ocean Beach :)
Enjoy the end of this gorgeous weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Alice 's adventures in the wonderland. MY book cover :) !

Done withe the book cover project and also went back to Illustrator after a longs break. Double success for a Friday night  :)

Here is my finished book cover:

Alice in the Wonderland.
Vector drawing.

Some details:



It took me around 3 full days of work....and a lot of patience. 82 layers in here! My record till now :)
Probably it would have taken me much less time painting the full picture on paper but I wanted to have a more finished and professional look, plus my hubby bought for my bday present a really cool tablet... so I had no choice but going digital for this project. :)

Hope you guys like it! 

If you want to check the previous step of this project here are the links:

STEP 1 of 3, choosing the design

STEP 2 of 3, deciding light and darks

I was supposed to iron tonight but I am making myself the gift of ironing tomorrow!!!:)
Enjoying some deserved rest tonight!

See you tomorrow for some more art!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New drawing..maybe a future painting :)?!

Good evening!
After few days of summer, today looks like winter is back! Having a nice hot pasta with (tons of ) parmesan on it  while writing my blog....a small moment of perfection.

What I am posting today is a drawing I finished up yesterday. I am working on 3 illustrations themed around water and fishes, here is my first one.
 I will possibly turn it into a painting....hopefully soon!
Also I would like to work it with colors in Illustrator first....
anyway for todays you guys will enjoy the B&W version :)

Title in progress :)
ink and pencil on paper

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bob, head portrait.

Another head drawing class, today's model was Bob. Long white hair and plenty of bear!
Unfortunately from my position you couldn't see the white pony tail..all the sides position were taken already!:( 
Should arrive earlier as class!
In the second part of the class we shot pictures of each other, assignment for next week drawing someone from our class, cool stuff!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy valentine's day!


8x8 inches
acrylic on wood
Baby Love!

What I am posting today is my handmade Valentine's gift for my husband :) 
Is a special year for us! A very exciting one!

Wishing a day ( and many more!) full of love to everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Doggie Love!

A beautiful sunny day , is already 20C is only 11 am, not bad!
Great weather, a perfect birthday  gift :)
Unfortunately I am gonna spend good part of the day inside reworking my Alice book cover project...I ll try to be as quick as possible!

What I am posting is my last wood work, acrylic and string on wooden block! Dedicated to Mona :)

5x3x1,5 inches
Acrylic and string on wooden block
Doggie Love!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Head drawing class.

Good evening!
Here are the two portrait of today:

On this one I spent around 2 hours and half
 red and white carbothello pencil on toned paper

I spent on this portrait around 1 hour 15 minutes, we had a demo in the morning! so less time!

Here are some steps:

 Gesture, first step

Putting in the darks, second step.

Keep working !! is the rest :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Working lights and darks in my Alice drawings, from my sketchbook

I have been working on my Alice falling in the rabbit hole project for a couple of days.
Here are the sketches showing the main lights and darks.
For every drawing I drew the full scene each time from scratch, so you notice things and character arranged in different ways :)

Ink pen, white and black colored pencils on coffee toned paper.

Using coffee to tone the paper.

8B pencil and ink pen

black marker, ink pen, 8B pencil

Pencil and ink pen.

Next step...working on the colored version! Will do few samples then start working on the final piece :)

Enjoy your day everyone!
Beautiful sunny and warm day over here in Ocean Beach!

Monday, February 9, 2015

I hold your heart! 6x6 inches

Here is last small painting of my series of three Love&Keith Haring theme!

6x6 inches
acrylic on canvas board

I hold your heart!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Big Love, Mini painting . Keith Haring tribute#2

4x4 inches
acrylic on canvas
BIG love

Happy Saturday everyone!
It finally stopped raining over here, we had a huge storm yesterday with 50 miles wind per hour ! and more is expected for tomorrow.
Perfect weather for a cozy weekend inside :)

A tiny painting today 4x4 inches, inspired once again by the beautiful drawings of Keith Haring.
Enjoy it!

Available in my etsy shop!

Friday, February 6, 2015

IN LOVE 6 x6 inches acrylic painting on canvas. Keith Haring tribute.

 A couple of days ago I went to see "Keith Haring: the political line" at the De Young museum. 
The exhibition creates a narrative that explore Harings's art in response to gay issues, AIDS, racial inequality, the excess of capitalism and other issue. 
I left the museum with a new sense of admiration and respect for the work of this artist who died way too young.

Since Valentine is approaching I wanted to paint something Love related and at the same time Keith Haring here it is the first one of the series:

6x6 inches 
acrylic on canvas

In my Etsy shop:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Head drawing class.

Another head drawing class yesterday,  here is what I did:

First model:

carbothello red and white pencil on toned paper.
2h 15 min circa

 And second model:

carbothello red and white pencil on toned paper.
2h 15 min circa

Special thanks today to my dear friend Naomi, she took care of Mona all day, allowing me to spend ALL day the Academy,  head drawing class from 8.30 till 3pm and portrait workshop from 4 till 7. What a nice day!!! :) 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Happy birthday Ettore!! 2/2/2015

10x10 inches
Acrylics on canvas.

And finally Ettore is here !
Well done to the new mommy Stefania for delivering the baby exactly on the day I was bidding on :) the prize for the winner was the change of first diaper....well! I am sure it happened already! so so so sorry for missing out on my prize :)

Congratulations to the neo-parents Pietro and Stefania.... you will be amazing parents! Love you guys!!xxx
Can't wait to see the new addiction to the Gargiulo family!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Book cover project, part 1. Picking a scene! Alice down the rabbit hole.

One of the project for my "Concept, technique and illustration class" at AAU is making a book cover for a book of our our choice.

I decided to go for a English classic : Alice in the wonderland. Written in 1865 is still very popular with adults as well as children...and is one of my favorite book!

For my book cover I choose to draw a scene from the first chapter,  Alice is running after the white rabbit and she follows him into the hole.

 (click on the link if you wish to read the first chapter in full!  )

Deciding which scene to draw was kind easy, not so much deciding how to portray it, so I went through some sketches, here they are.

And I chose the last one! Now more work on this image! :)

Enjoy today!

 “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland