The Tale of Colours

all images in this post © La Cicala Editore 2015

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.


David Simurgh's Trilogy #1 - In the Beginning

all images in this post © La Cicala Editore 2014

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".


Tales of Surprising Animals

all images in this post © Edizioni EL 2014

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.

More information about this book on Edizioni EL official website.
You can read also a lovely review on children's literature blog Lettura Candita.


The Secret Life of Animals, Part 1

A drypoint engraving, exhibited in Il segno inciso collective shows held in Genoa, Italy, April and November 2013.

Participated to Illustration Friday - The Weekly Illustration Challenge, topic "Secret", 1-7 November 2013.



Two aquatint etchings, from a series entitled Capricci. Both exhibited in Il segno inciso collective shows held in Genoa, Italy, April and November 2013.


The seagull and the cat

My personal tribute to a book I really loved: Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar (The Story of A Seagull and The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly) by Luis Sepúlveda.
Citizens and visitors of the city of Hamburg may recognize, on the background, the tower of St. Michael's church where the the novel ends.
Full digital painting.


Vudu Dolls animated short film

Vudu Dolls from Raimondo Della Calce - artFive on Vimeo.

The complete Vudu Dolls animated short, directed by Raimondo Della Calce, written by Riccardo Boccuzzi, produced by Riccardo Boccuzzi and artFive animation studio in 2013.