Wednesday, December 30, 2015

the jewish ghetto of venice: animations

here is a teaser of the animations I worked on with Amopix and Tangram film as part of the documentary: "500 years of the Ghetto of Venice". The documentary tells the story of the history of the first Jewish Ghetto in the world. you can see the full length animation extracts from the documentary here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

mary and child

may it be a blessed christmas.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crescendo, a new book

I finally have some time to share my new book with you! It's a story written by my dear friend Susanna, based on an idea for a book that i had started working on about 5 years ago.

I'd come up with an idea about a town where music ceased to exist, and a little boy helped bring it back. I didn't know how to develop the story or find an ending for it, so I asked Susanna for help. I had already made about 5 illustrations, and we took the opposite route. She wrote a beautiful story based on the initial concept, but adding an unexpected twist: the boy is deaf.

After many turmoils (uninterested publishers, a doubtful and lazy illustrator, the finally giving up and leaving the book to gather dust in an abandoned drawer), I am happy to announce that Crescendo has seen the light of day. there are already books out there with my name on it, but I can say that this is really my first, as it goes back to the very beginning of my life as an illustrator.

The title is a play on the musical term which comes from the italian word 'growing'. an apt term in every way.

Susanna has dedicated the story to the Manos Blancas project, an initiative born in Venezuela to bring music to children who are cognitively or hearing impaired.

The book was published in Spain by La Fragatina,  you can find it online in Spanish and Italian. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

new website

my new and improved website is up with lots of new content! including a preview of my new book Crescendo, which i'll share more of soon.

Friday, November 6, 2015

the view from here

quiet morning desk.
the light in november, fleeting and precious.
there is a book i made last year, about a castle, which my Nina loves to flip open. there are many pictures on my desk from the past months. watercolours and crayons and pencil rubbed out.  They wait to see the light of day, to be turned into books, and put onto shelves.
How did i end up here, doing what i do? i could've never imagined.
i find it difficult, to use this space, after so many years. but then it's nice to come back, and look, and remember.

here is a song by two wonderful people i had the pleasure to meet this summer. such a great album.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

new book

I can finally announce that the book I illustrated for walker books by author Michael Morpurgo is out! It's called My father is a polar bear, it's a beautiful autobiographical story, and my first official picture book!

This book is dear to me, first because this is the first international publisher I've ever worked with, and it's been a pleasure. secondly, because I made it in the last months of pregnancy and first months of nina's life. A real labour of love. you can find it in bookshelves across  the UK, the US and Australia and on amazon.

here is some artwork and character sketches from the book.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


my latest illustration for uk greeting card company cardnest.
photo by cardnest.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


a couple of bouquets I made for nina's daycare teachers, the loveliest of people! also some images from the last couple of months. lots of road trips and shelling of peas and, finally, the migration of crayons from mouth to paper, and the organizing of toy space with wooden cubes.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

storytime magazine

I just received a little package in the mail from storytime magazine. It's a beautiful publication full of advertisement free illustrated stories.
I used to read magazines like this as a child, they had the most wonderful illustrations, and audiotapes with the most theatrical readings of the stories. Anyway here are a few samples from the one I illustrated, a shortened form of the secret garden. they really picked the right story for me and my botanical obsession!

ps, went to see this amazing gal play last night, totally blew me away. here's a song.

Friday, May 22, 2015

a newspaper

life is full and busy! i've started collaborating with italian newspaper corriere della sera, for their food section of course.
here are some samples.