Tropical Pattern

Mix Tropicale

I’ve never tried a tropical pattern before so one day I said to myself why not? Actually it started as a commission. Also the colors were chosen by my client: black, white, pink and red. Seen that I could use only few colors and green wasn’t among them, I made the leaves black and white. I knew I had to use a dark background (first time I did that, I always use only white) so I was sure they’d have stood out. I chose tropical types searching for pictures on internet (in my library I haven’t already any kind of tropical plants), then I went back to the flowers, letting myself to be guided by the very restricted color chart. For the pink I drew three small simple flowers of the same type, while for the red I opted for one of the most fascinating flowers in all world, the bird of paradise.

However, after the collaboration with my client didn’t end well, I decided to finish the pattern for myself and to add my own touch. I wanted to add a cold color to the mix, so I chose a light blue wildflower I had already used many times. I couldn’t help it, it’s one of my favorites.  Then I put everything together and created this beautiful tropical paradise.

Are you enjoying it as much as I?

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Sweet Roses

Stampa Rose

At https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/garden-of-blooms/, you can view all prints and patterns both hand drawn and digital I’ve created for Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Spring Summer 2018. I’ve already talked about the pattern I created with my flowers at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/pastel-flowers-part-1/, but today I’m gonna explain you what’s behind another print featured in the collection.

It has been called SWEET ROSES and it’s featured in the Couture collection. My bosses demanded a very specific kind of print, so I had to follow literally their requests. They asked for a very graphic pattern featuring roses. They even gave me some pictures of roses to draw inspiration from!

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The first step was drawing some silhouettes of roses using those pictures. I drew three different roses but didn’t color them. I scanned my sketches and then modify them on Illustrator and Photoshop. Since the roses had to be graphic, I made the contours of the flowers with a black line and then filled the composition with spot colors. I had to choose among the hues of the collection, so in the end I opted for pink, lilac and light blue. In the end I added some shades.

This pattern was so well received that it ended to be used not only for the clothes of the Couture, but also for the cover and the layout of the lookbook. Couldn’t be more chuffed of myself!

 

 

Anita & Mario

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The portrait of my dear niece Poppy (https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/poppy-4/) was so well received that my friend Francesca Lamperti asked me to portray her beloved dogs, the beautiful Anita (above) and the cute Mario (below).

What about you? Do you also want a portrait of your beloved puppies?Mario

Beauty and the Beast

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I and “Beauty and the Beast” share a very long relationship together. I’ve loved this tale since I was very little, especially the Disney version. Growing up I started appreciating different takes on this story old as time, like my beloved “Edwards Scissorhands” by Tim Burton, the stunning “The Shape of Water” by Guillermo Del Toro and many others. When Disney announced the live-action version I was extremely excited, however when I saw it… well, I can’t say I didn’t like it, but I have some reservations. On the other hand, it isn’t a masterpiece like the cartoon and I expected this.

But “Beauty and  the Beast” is “Beauty and the Beast” and I felt the need to make an illustration for my DREAMS project. I knew I needed a yellow gown and I chose a simple but beautiful Christian Dior Couture Spring/Summer 2017 one that Emma Watson, the star of Disney’s live-action flick, wore during the promo tour of the movie. In case you wonder, I simply love Emma. This is what happens when you grow up with Harry Potter books and movies. On the runway the gown was presented pale rose, but especially for her was created a yellow version she wore during an event with kids. I couldn’t help imagine the kids freaking out seeing the real-life Belle!

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I sketched my Belle on the left side of the composition because I knew I had to draw a big red rose. A version of “Beauty and the Beast” without a rose couldn’t exist. I didn’t have one in my library so I had to search the perfect picture on internet. I drew it in the centre of the right side cause I really wanted it to be the main star of my artwork. I also added some green leaves and many floating petals around all the composition to give it more movement. For the same reason I sketched some ice all around, another important feature of the tale.

My illustration was completed, but my work wasn’t done yet. I created two floral patterns with that beautiful rose and used them to create other artworks inspired by “Beauty and the Beast”. I used them as background and put my version of Belle right in the centre of the composition.

Can’t decide which one I love more! Moreover one of those patterns was chosen by Chiara Boni La Petite Robe for her March 2018 capsule collection “Roses in the Woods”!

Middle Earth

Once upon a time… These words open many doors to many of us, I think. I’ve always been fascinated by fairytales and when, during my second year at fashion school, I was tasked with creating a collection inspired by them, I immediately enjoyed the project.

However it wasn’t easy. Fairytale are continually used and abused and to give them a new and fresh interpretation is no easy task. So I decided to go back to my childhood. I  didn’t want to work on princesses, princes, ball gowns and all that other Disney stuff, (although I really love Disney cartoons). I went back to the fairytales my dad used to read to me and my sister when we were very little before going to bed. He used to read us Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. We loved it so much that we even had our favorite chapters and made him read them again and again!

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For this reason I called my project MIDDLE EARTH. However it couldn’t be limited to one and only inspiration, so I had to add something else. In the end I opted to take elements from all the other classic fairytales, but more with a “Into the Woods” twist than with a Disney one.

While developing the collection, I needed to create original prints so I drew illustrations by hand with my pencils. That was a real challenge for me cause I had never tried something different from flowers before. I was really afraid I couldn’t do it. I started researching illustrations from both Tolkien’s masterpieces and was struck by two of them.

The first was in a very childlike style and represented the first meeting of Gandalf and Bilbo. Bilbo’s home was the centre of the composition and its warm colors created a strong contrast against the cold hues of the sky and of the grass of the roof. I wanted to repeat it in my artwork and started sketching a very similar house, but with corners and flat walls, not all curves like an hobbit’s one! However I kept some other details, like the grass roof, the brick chimney, the wood door and the path in front of the house. I also added some natural elements trees, flowers and Merida. Yep, I wanted to add at least one character but not a fantasy creature line an elf or an hobbit. Also I’m not so able to draw a human figure and was afraid to ruin everything. Then I had an idea: using my Disney lookalike, Merida. She was covered with her cape so it wasn’t so difficult! So my illustration was completed and I could color it.

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Then I had to think to another one. I went back to Alan Lee, who created amazing illustrations for both Tolkien’s masterpieces, also used by Peter Jackson as inspiration for the movies adaptions. An illustration representing Gandalf and his fellows on their horses inside a forest (don’t remember from which book it came from) won me over. The group was very small and at centre of the composition, however the main focus was the forest and the contorted and covered with vegetation branches of its trees. They were stunning. I loved how they created a sort of framework in his artwork, so I did the same in mine. I also used the same colors, many different hues of green and grey. The main difference was the lack of any character in my composition. I opted instead for the entrance of a mysterious cave.

I couldn’t have been happier of these artworks. Everyone appreciated them and   inspired me to try myself drawing more complex illustrations. Check out my PROJECTS page to find more of them!

Pastel Flowers Part 2

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At https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/pastel-flowers-part-1/ , you can read about this pattern I created for Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Spring/Summer 2018 collection. You can see all the prints I created for this collection at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/garden-of-blooms/. Today I’m gonna show you some pictures of  the shoes. I think they look quite stunning, don’t you?