Drops of time

Playground

Repetitive drops of time passing by… with goods and bads. Life is sometimes more colorful, other times more splashy – but we always need to embrace it, as it is definitively beautiful.

It makes sense for this to open my store on Society6, like a new drop of time in my life 🙂 If you’d like to visit it, you can find me here!

Passing by - abstract illustrations

Drops of time – abstract illustrations

Die Fabrik and le soleil

Playground

Hinting to some opposites here, that should be emphasised also by the colourful illustration and the language combo. Extra benefit: it makes me a polyglot!

Die Fabrik and le soleil - Vector illustration made in Adobe Illustrator

Die Fabrik and le soleil – Vector illustration made in Adobe Illustrator

Then, why not make a pattern out of it? I can see myself in some crazy leggings like these! :))

Die-Fabrik-and-le-soleil-blog-post-sample-pattern

Die Fabrik and le soleil – Sample pattern

Do not play with food!

Playground

It’s always intriguing to find a new meaning to the everyday things and it’s also an act of rebellion to play with food to achieve this feeling.

I took a photo of a salad fruit and instead of posting it on Instagram, it was uploaded in Illustrator where I scaled down the image at different sizes and made a pattern. I changed the colours to make it pop, created lots of colourful backgrounds (here is the restricted version of me :|) and put together the GIF in Photoshop.

Rebel yourself, play with food!

Do not play with food! Illustration by Alice Cerconi

Do not play with food! Illustration

Already thinking of other tasteful stuff to create flying flowers with… any idea? 😀

 

Song of the Sea, the most magical animated film

Graphic Design, Inspiration

Song of the Sea is a unique animation, directed by Tomm Moore and nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year to the Academy Awards 2014. It wins you over through stunning visuals in a way that at the end of the movie, even if you liked the plot or not, you can’t feel anything else than mesmerised by the amazing artwork with deep roots in the Irish mythology and folklore.

Animation style

A nice surprise is that Song of the Sea is a traditional animation made up of hand-drawn illustrations. It strikes by its simplicity of execution with attention to symmetry that flows from natural lines and geometric patterns. As Tomm Moore states in an interview for Vox:

2-D for me just has a timelessness. It doesn’t age the same way that CG does.

Character design

The mythological creatures are as beautifully drawn as the backgrounds. An array of emotions is captured by geometric designs in clean lines. The characters are all built to showcase the legend of the selkies, that are living in the sea as seals but also on land as humans, similar to the mermaids. How not to be fascinated by eccentric and quirky characters that reveal stories of their own and bring emotions in flasks?

Colours

The palette of colours is wide, from pastels to vivid hues of blue and green to paint the sea. It is present the warm feeling of watercolours that draws you more into the story, making it feel “a bit mysterious” like Tomm Moore puts it, ending by saying that “it has a dreamlike feeling”. Dreamlike it is also the genius use of light that creates an even more magical, mesmerising atmosphere. All nicely embellished by the patterns on rocks and tree barks and the textures used on surfaces.

If you’re still not fully convinced, here’s what Tomm Moore himself says about his lovely animated film:

open yourself up to a gentler, modern fairy tale, to see something that’s more organic and handmade and full of heart and not so much of a commercial endeavour

Full of magic and emotion, this tale is visually incredible! Must watch if you haven’t already and please let me know your impressions!

Doors I’d like to open every day…

Inspiration

There have always been something with these massive doors that draw you in like there’s some mystery you have to solve. It may be their grandeur that makes you feel little and vulnerable or paradoxically their welcoming arcades with friendly curves. It’s almost like you know there’s danger awaiting for you but still can’t help yourself to explore..

In my wanderings today on the streets of Bucharest I have captured these two wonders. I love the metallic colours, the geometric pattern, the sense of history and the feeling of promise.

Romanian Cultural Institute | 38 Alexandru Alley, Bucharest, Romania

Romanian Cultural Institute | 38 Alexandru Alley, Bucharest, Romania

Beautiful House | 40 Blvd. Lascar Catargiu, Bucharest, Romania

Beautiful House | 40 Blvd. Lascar Catargiu, Bucharest, Romania

I would make a series of the doors I’d like to open every day… therefore, I will update this post with new findings, please share as well your favourites!