December 22, 2010

More Burrufu!

This is another illustration I made for the book "My monster Burrufu". Looks like something's going on in the attic.... :)
These last weeks of the year have been crazy, so much work to wrap and I am really looking forward to these holidays! 
I wish you all a fantastic Christmas and tons of cutenessssssss in the new year!! :D

December 16, 2010

My monster Burrufu

Here's a sneak peek of one of the books I'm illustrating right now! It's called "My monster Burrufu", written by the very talented Alberto Corral and it's one of the cuuuutest stories I've ever read. And when I say "cute"... well, you know me ;)
This one is a quick sketch I made on flash when I was designing the characters. 
The book is going to be out very soon, so keep an eye out! 

November 22, 2010

November 09, 2010

Leila Blue vol.2

Here are the first pictures from the second volume of Leila Blue, out in bookshops today.
Illustrations are on the way!

UPDATE: many of you asked me about how to get the books shipped outside Italy, so I just decided to create a paypal page to make that hopefully easier. The link is here or in the sidebar. Any questions, just let me know, and thanks again for your lovely supporting emails and comments :)

October 28, 2010

Lucca Comics 2010

Hiya! Just a very quick update as I'll be at the Lucca Comics festival tomorrow and friday for the first official presentation of the book. Hope to see you there! Ciao :)

September 24, 2010

Here's the book!

"Leila Blue" vol.1 - Mondadori

I grabbed a few copies of "Leila Blue" on tuesday but I've been so busy wrapping the illustrations of volume 2 that I've barely looked at it. Well, so here it is!
And it's super glossy! That feature actually came as a big surprise, I thought the border was going to have a regular matte lilac finish. Even the tiny windows shine as they catch the light! ...Ok enough with the girly rambling :)
Anyway, I must say it's a pretty sweet book, nice and thick. I'll take more pictures as soon as I can!
For those who asked it, the illustrations are in black and white, plus 16 full-color pages.
160 pages - 14 x 20 cm (5.5" x 7.8")

September 17, 2010

Leila Blue

And finally here it is, I can show you the cover of my first illustration book!
I've been working on it in the past months and still am actually, as it's going to be a series of 4 volumes. The story is very sweet, I admit I utterly enjoyed reading it!
So this is the final look of the main character, it's pretty different from my first sketches :)
I haven't seen it printed yet, so I'm very curious about it. I'll post pictures as soon as I get to grab one copy!
The book is out on the 21st of September! Yay Leila!

Oh, and yes. It's all done in good old Flash ;)

August 15, 2010


Flash is the name of a friend of mine's pet, which also happened to be Julius' dad.
Gorgeous cat, huge, fierce, won countless feline competitions but most of all he was an amazing friend with a lovely personality. He passed away today, so I felt like doing this quick sketch that will never be able to capture his beauty but hopefully send a bit of love to his family.

June 29, 2010

Just for fun

My friend Angela is a CG modeler and makes amazing maquettes, so when she asked me to make a few drawings of Tarzan for her I squealed with joy :D I actually had to draw him in a stiff vitruvian kind of pose (she is making some cool experiments in Zbrush) but when I started sketching from the movie I couldn't help but drawing more poses! I am so busy at the moment that I don't get much time to do personal work, so that was a real fun break.

April 18, 2010

UPDATE! Verne WON THE AWARD at the Cartoons on the Bay festival!

A huge congratulations Sylvain and all the amazing crew at Cartoon Network, we're so proud to have been part of this project!

April 12, 2010

Verne at the Cartoons on the Bay festival

"Verne on vacation" - copyright 2009/2010 Turner Entertainment Networks International Limited

Yay! So two reasons to be happy: one is the nomination, and the other one is that I can finally show you a picture from it!
As I already mentioned, a few months ago Alf and I had the pleasure to animate on this great flash short film for Cartoon Network, with our friend and super talented director Sylvain Marc.
The pilot has been recently selected to go to further development and we are very excited about it!
So here are a couple of images for you to bite.
The first two are actual stills from the short, the last one is an early character concept made by Sylvain.
I hope it will be aired soon, so I can show also some animation ;)

March 10, 2010

Oscars weekend

I'm just back from a very quick but intense trip to LA. Alf and I went there to support our Kells pals at the Oscars and we had a fantastic time with them.
The party at the huge irish pub in Hollywood was crazy, we had SO much fun even if we were still jetlagged! We followed the Awards ceremony from there and it was quite exciting to see on the screen this scene Alf and I had the honor to animate to represent the movie.
The characters from this year's Best Animated Feature category had to say what being nominated meant to them, so this was our take on it.
We animated Aisling on good old Flash. Brush tool, frame by frame.
Thanks Cartoon Saloon for this awesome opportunity.

Many thanks to Aaron at Cold Hard Flash for the lovely post! LINK

February 02, 2010

The secret of Kells at the 2010 Oscars!!

The Secret of Kells has been nominated for an OSCAR! Yaaay!
That one on top is the very first scene Alf and I animated on the movie. It's been ages ago but feels like yesterday :)
Congratulations everyone and good luck!