Mar 9, 2015

Getting ready for Bologna Book Fair 2015

It's that time of the year again, when illustrators from all over the world are getting excited about the upcoming Bologna Children's Book Fair

This year is going to be the second time I'm attending the event.  
Hopefully it's gonna be a bit easier than last year, since this time I should know what to expect.

For example, this year I didn't bother at all to book appointments with the publishers before the fair
Last year I sent at least 50 emails trying to book appointments. Out of those, I managed to schedule only 3, and 2 of them completely forgot about the meeting. 
You can imagine how frustrated I was with that. 

Unfortunately, this time I'll be able to attend only for a couple of days. 
It might be a bit risky, since last year I didn't get much done on the first day due to the fact every single publisher was too busy to pay attention to me. But hopefully I'm going to have enough time anyway to meet them and give away my samples. Basically, I will have to be fearless and incredibly determined. Fingers crossed! 

Here below are some photos of the promotional material I'm going to bring along with me this year. 
I have to say last year I did a good job planning my promo material, so this year I'll basically stick to the same plan. 

Same as last time, I've got a neat portfolio printed with Blurb
I like Blurb products because they're extremely customisable and always beautiful.

My portfolio this year is 25 x 20 cm, 24 pages, with a hardcover ImageWrap (last year I went for the dust jacket and I didn't like the easy tendency for the paper jacket to tear in my bag) and ProLine Pearl Photo Glossy (a bit more fancy looking than the uncoated one I had last year, but still with a lovely matte finish).
As always, I'm very happy with Blurb products.

Also, I've printed about 35 mini portfolio that I will leave behind to as many publishers and editors I can. 
I'm convinced that leaving behind a small portfolio packed with all your best work is much better that just leave a single card. 

Same as last year, I printed these with Pixartprinting. I must say, even if I tried to follow instructions for image preparation accurately, the colour reproduction is not the best, but in the whole I reckon it's a fairly good product for the price you pay. Hopefully publishers will be too smitten from my illustrations to pay attention to colours ;)

Lastly, I also made a little cardboard box that I'm planning to fill in with postcards and attach to the Illustrator Wall. 
I didn't get much at all for my Illustrator Wall last year and I'm quite positive I won't get much from it this year either... 
But since it's such an institution and awesome idea, well, why not...!

For more tips on how to prepare for the fair, my follow up impressions please have a look at my last year posts. 

PS= Sorry for the bad quality photos, but my camera is broken and my phone's camera is not very good, so working on that...

Feb 13, 2015

Coming soon!

I've been quite busy working on different projects in the last few months. 
A couple of those are two books coming out later this year. 

I can't really show much at this point but I can definitely show the covers.

The first project is a lovely story called Lucy in the city, written by Julie Dillemuth and soon to be published by Magination Press in May 2015.

I'm really excited about Lucy, she's a very cute raccoon who gets lost in the city and needs to find her way back home.

It's a story that aims to teach spatial thinking to kids, so expect maps, streets and building, directions and some peanut butter too ;)

The second book is called The Big Sad Wolf & The Mean Little Pigs as told by Humphrey Bookwork (yes, quite a long title!). 

The story is a very humorous take on The Three Little Pigs, told by the wolf's perspective. Also, this time the little pigs are going to take a little bit of revenge on the poor wolf! 

The story's narrator is Humphrey, a cute little bookworm that likes to eat books and tell stories to his best friend Max. 

Written by Anna Clothier, the book will be published later this year by North Parade Publishing. So stay tuned for that!

Jan 2, 2015

If An Elephant...

Happy New Year!! 

This is my first post of 2015 and in my resolutions list there's definitely something about posting on this blog more often. 

To start off the year in style, I want to share this great news: I'm currently working on the follow up book of Armadillo (do you remember it? Here's the link to it) called If An Elephant Went To School

I'm very excited and flattered to be able to work again with Scarletta Press and Ellen Fisher. 

Can't wait to see this other little gem coming to light!! Stay tuned... :D

Dec 3, 2014

Happy Holiday Season!

The countdown to Christmas has officially started!
It's going to be a very busy month for me, lots of projects on the way. 
Hopefully I'm going to be able to share some of it soon! 

In the meantime, you can cheer yourself up with this little Christmas band over here.
I wonder which song are they playing...!! ;)

Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I'm originally from Italy, so I've never celebrated Halloween as a kid. 

This night for me it's just another excuse to have a good time with friends and make a bespoke illustration:)

Eat, drink, DANCE and be scary! :D

Oct 12, 2014

Interview time!

I was flattered to be asked by the lovely people at Workspiration to answer some questions for their blog. 

Workspiration is a website with lots of interesting interviews done to a broad range of professional people, including illustrators, designers, editors but also IT and business people. 

Really useful if you're looking for some industry insights!

Here it is the link to my interview.

Oct 10, 2014


Way too long has passed since my last post here!!

This means I've been busy with work, life and all that sort of stuff. 
I feel like I've been working on so many projects recently but unfortunately I can't share anything since they haven't been published yet... downsides of working with books I guess!!

However, I've just realised I never shared this illustration down here. 
I did this not long ago as a personal/promotional piece. 

More work very soon!
Stay tuned...

Aug 6, 2014


Lately I've spent some time on a personal project.

I created a 80s inspired illustration, a bit of an experiment really, made for the upcoming Illustrators Australia 
exhibition Wear Art Thou (more info about this soon).
Then I realised this could have easily made into a series. 

Here it is the complete series. Planning to make some cards/prints/other stuff out of them. For now, you can find them on Redbubble or Society6

Next up, the 70s!! :)

Jul 22, 2014


Hello there!

I haven't been updating this blog much lately. Truth is I've been busy with stuff I can't show around yet, so bear with me and I promise I will post some new work very soon!

In the meantime, I've finally received the copies of the book I've illustrated last year for Scarletta Press called If An Armadillo Went To A Restaurant
I must say I'm sooooo pleased with how it turned out in the end!!
I can definitely say this is my best published work so far, very proud about it! :D

To celebrate the event, I've decided to host a giveaway. I will extract two lucky winners who will get one copy of the book each. 

In order to enter, you will have to go thru 2 little steps:
-go to my facebook page and share the post about the giveaway. Here's the link

-join the mailing list on my website
, leaving name and email address (important! otherwise I won’t be able to contact you in case you win), here’s the link

Easy peasy! 

You have time until Friday 25th July. 
Good luck!!

Jul 3, 2014

Happy summer!

A little illustration I've done honouring the best season ever...
Happy summer!
I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine. 

May 7, 2014

My books!

I've finally added a section in my blog where you can buy my books!!!

Have a look just right here on the right bar ----------------------------------->
Easy peasy!!

Happy shopping!

Garlic, Hankies and Hugs

It's OUT!!

Last year I had the pleasure to illustrate Garlic, Hankies and Hugs, a text by Michelle C. Monaghan about a cute Greek granny that is a bit out of the ordinary. 

The story wants to encourage kids to be proud of their culture, and includes lovely quirky snippets about Greek culture.

A lovely picture book about peculiar nannies and pinched cheeks. 

The books is published by Jojo publishing, a Melbourne based book publisher, and now available to purchase. 

Click here if you fancy a copy!

Apr 22, 2014


A while ago I was chosen by Light Grey Art Lab to be one of the artists for their next upcoming show called Animystic. I'm so thrilled to be part of it!

Here's the artwork I created. It took me ages to come up with it, in the end I decided to draw a llama, they're cute and wise looking! 

Click this link below to purchase my print. A portion of the proceeds will go to Feline Rescue Inc. so it's also for a good cause!!

To see all the other entries follow this link. Some of them are really stunning so have a look!! All the images are on sale

Info about the exhibition launch party can be found here. It will be held on 25th April in Minneapolis, so if you live nearby don't miss it!!

Apr 20, 2014

Apr 16, 2014

Wilderness Society

Who remembers the project for Wilderness Society a while ago I spoke about here?
Finally they released the second part of the project!

Click here and discover how the possum's fairytale ends... 

I must say this was a dream project to work on. I feel very lucky I got to work with such and amazing organisation!!