As one of the selected artists for the Uliando Uliando artistic residency, I have spent last weekend in beautiful Otranto ejoying drawing, meeting new friends, living the good life and being inspired.
In order to help the people affected by the horrible earthquake that shook central Italy the night between 23 and 24 August, I will donate my proceeds from all the sales on my Society6 shop from now until the end of September.
The money collected will be transferred in one solution directly to Comune di Amatrice (Amatrice city council) at the beginning of the month of October.
As of today, there have been 278 casualties, at least 15 people missing, 388 injured, thousands of people lost their houses and are now living in tent camps, care facilities or their own cars.
I hope you will join me in this little project and I hope you will find something that you like in my shop.
There's a very long list of supports to choose from: prints, t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, shower curtains... If the print that you like is not available on the support that you need please drop me a line and I will upload it.
Please shop at http://society6.com/silviadigiovambattista
Today (26 August) you can also take advantage of the FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on everything.
Last weekend I joined a group of fellow illustrators and went to Studio Pilar for a workshop held by the talented and successful Gianluca Folì.
KABĀ: a Japanese word for shape that is used to indicate the dress of a book, in other words the book cover.
As you can see in my description above, my dream is to become a book cover illustrator. So this workshop was a must for me. And having followed Gianluca's works for a while, I had no doubts I had to go.
The workshop presentation was:
Work on the book cover project from the early stages: gather information, find keywords, use keywords, visual oppositions and final touches before creating the final image. During the workshop the participants will be challenged with real projects, requests and timelines. They will discover their own aptitude and method to cope with the work commissions.
So I spent 3 days at the studio and we worked on simulating real-life commissions and with Gianluca's help each of us found her way (we were 7 ladies) to produce a concept that would have worked and would have been approved by the art director.
It's been an eye opening experience and I was so excited every day of the workshop that I wanted to come back over and over again, but, alas, the workshop was 3 days only.
It left me with the greatest sense of hope and a clearer vision of what I want my future to be.
And also the awareness that a lot of work and struggle and failure and more work are required to succeed. But I'd rather do all this instead of not even trying. That would be the real failure.
Below are 2 of Gianluca's sketches on the 2 covers I am working on.
Final images are yet to be created, so watch this space, I am currently working on them and will post them in the blog soon.
Can you guess the books?
Have you been running around town for the last Christmas present and you ran out of cards? Or maybe you're that tech dude that bought everything on line and forgot to buy Christmas cards? (as I did, ops!)
Here is a little present from yours truly. You can download a PDF with two Christmas cards I have designed. (credits for the typography to Graphic Box on Creative Market). A freebie to thank you for the support during this past year.
I wish a peaceful and happy life to everyone!
please download and share!