My first book for newborn series Libri da Cantare ("books to sing-along") published by La Cicala Editore. Short stories for kids aged 3-7, including a CD with the narrated text and an original song about the characters, to sing and play along.
This tale, written and narrated by singer Artemidoro, tells of a yellow baboon kid asking his grandfather how the different colours were born. The basic idea for the illustrations was to use a colour only when the child named it, so the book goes from a yellow-tinted beginning to a rainbow-coloured ending. A funny thing to imagine and to paint.
Graphic design I've made for In principio (In the beginning), first volume of David Simurgh's trilogy Vi parlerò di loro (I will speak about them), published by La Cicala editore.
It's a spiritual essay where the author recalls his meeting with his masters. The black circle with the white tree on the cover is the emblem of Simurgh's spiritual school, "Eish Shaok". My idea was to expand the branches of the tree, filling the rest of the cover. Also, spirals may recall the idea of something flowing: breeze, water, or energy - a founding concept of the book. I arranged the spirals in six branches or "springs" coming out of the emblem, with the intention of recalling another concept of the book, "the six streams of Eish Shaok".
A selection of illustrations from my second book for publisher Einaudi Ragazzi, Storie divertenti di animali sorprendenti (Funny tales of surprising animals). It's another bunch of humorous stories written by Gionata Bernasconi, this time about uncommon animals rarely seen in children's literature, like Saigas, Okapis and many more. That's why I decided to help you readers recognize them, adding the scientific name of every "surprising" animal in the illustration that opens its story.