Empty inside | when you just can’t create

We always believe we are the only ones to feel like that. 
I mean, you know that others feel empty too, like blocked.
But you are the only one feeling this empty.

See, you should stop feeling guilty if you are producing less than the others, it doesn’t mena that you’re less competent. Stop comparing yourself to others just to see how worse than them you are. Comparing yourself to others is useful as long as you are objective. Look at who did better than you, but also at those who did worse.

Stop repeating yourself that you’ll never improve, that noone cares about what you do, that is useless to put yourself out there because noone likes your work or find it useless. Always remember that you admire someone and he or she thought these same things about him/herself, but (s)he put them aside to carry on.

Don’t stop if it’s months or years that you’re trying and you still feel like you haven’t achieved anything. It takes consistency and a lot of patience to get what you want.

Stop telling yourself that the world is already full of people that do the same thing that you do and that you’re just another one. If you believe that this is true, try to understand what is the value that you can add that noone else can give.

These words I’m writing are directed to you now, but are the same I repeat to myself each morning I wake. I often have the sensation that my self esteem collapses as a bunch of light feathers would collapse if I was trying to hold them all together. As I try, they inevitably fly away an all around. But I decided I’m not the only one that have weaknesses. I decided to believe that it’s perfectly fine if I can’t reach my daily goal, it means I’ll try harder the day after. 

You could make it too, if you only wanted to.
It’s only a matter of decision.
Will you believe? 

CHEAP FESTIVAL 2018 | Call for artist entry

 

As promised, here’s something for CHEAP’s Call For Artist. I already said how much I was waiting for it to open in a previous post. 🙂 I also really liked the topic, Fragment/Unit, because it can be interpreted in different ways, especially in this historic moment.

While conformism is now the ordinary, we feel unique as never before. At the same time, a feeling of hate and violence is getting stronger, pushing our need to feel part of the human kind again, to find a greater love, to hold hands without fear. 

This is my vision and what I tried to represent. Last week I sent my work to CHEAP, selected works are going to be announced at the end of May, so… let’s hope for the best! 🤞

3×3 Magazine | Review

Do you remember my post about Artefiera? Well, I forgot to say something quite important, that the entrance was filled with tons of beautiful books and mags for sale. In this case my reactions are 2: first I become a new kind of creepy Gollum that wants everything he sees, second I remember how poor I am and that stealing is not quite the way.
But whenever I am surrounded by stuff that catches my eye, I just have to take something home with me. And this is the story of how I start to touch, browse, look and my mind get to decide which piece is the most special in that specific moment.

This time’s winner is 3×3 magazine that I found at Edicola 518’s stand.  This magazine was new to me and besides from being today’s protagonist is a yearly collection of the best illustrators of the year, in this case is obviously 2017
What I liked the most is the decision to collect the artist not for their style or origin, that can often end up being quite boring for the reader, but for medium. From Posters to online magazines, from books to videogames, the possibility of applications for a specific style are endless and this layout help us understand that our taste can always suit to someone’s project out there.

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It is not true that one style is better than another one for a specif job or field, or better said, that might be, but never give anything for granted.
Last but not least and there’s probably no need to say that, it is a true gold mine to draw some inspiration and the chosen illustrators are terrific.
But I’ll let the pictures speak for it, as I always do.

What about your inspirational sources?
Let me know about yours in the comments!

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Cotonfioc 2018 | Call for Artist Entry

Cross your finger for me and my colorful girl.
I just sent my entry for the Cotonfioc 2018 Call for Artist. Cotonfioc is a music festival held in Genoa, this year’s going to be in June and the topic they gave was The others, closely nobody’s normal. As you can imagine, I love it.  So, inspired by the way of saying To show your true colors, this was my proposal, playing with the concept of a regular black and white girl and the weird colored mask.
Because we all know that the weird stuff is all kept inside, right?

I’m leaving here the poster preview but you can find the full project on my Behance. Just in case you stop by and you like it, think about pressing that thumb up, Id really appreciate that. 🙂

Okay, time to get back to work now, but I’ll let you know who the winner is and which posters will be selected for the exposition that will take place during the days of the festival, probably here or on my social channels. I bet it’s going to be as great as the call. Stay Tuned!

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greyheron | Pynch

Music is a huge part in my life.
It has always been there and always will.
I’m a singer too, for those who do not know that and it’s been quite a lot since the last time I had a musical project I really loved. I’m glad I waited, because I’m now part of a duo I really love and I 100% love the music that we make.
I thought about sharing it, just like I share here every other piece of my artsy side.
I hope you enjoy our music, this is greyheron.

Cheap 2018 | Call for Artists

From now on I would like to bring you as many art contest as I can, for all the artists out there, starting from a very interesting one. I’ve been waiting for this call pretty long now and I encourage you to take part to it, It’s Cheap‘s call for artist 2018.

This year’s topic is Fragment/Unity and the description on their website really makes me want to get to work immediately! I’m leaving here an extract so you can read it:

” […] every one of your individual posters is a fragment of the collective narrative that is unity. But also like our societies, increasingly broken down into individual fragments of social, cultural and economic atomization. Parceled out in a process we experience as a limit with the power to erect borders and ignite conflicts, a limit with the power to position individual subjectivities in opposition and transform them into elements just waiting to collide […]
CHEAP challenges you all to overcome this fragmentation and imagine new scenes of re-composition: defragmented, reassembled and reconstituted, granting us access to new complex systems. Show us what it means to be single in a plural setting, experience yourselves as atoms inside a different kind of matter, make room for the possibility of being different but equal, establish whether the whole really is more than the sum of its parts. […] Cast yourselves as bacteria and experience the virality of the new colony. Show us that you have to be drops if you want to be the ocean.”

Will you take part to this? I will surely do and you will also see my entry right here on my website. I’m leaving the link to their website down here.
So, what do you think? Do you like this year’s topic? And do you like the idea of me collecting here all the new and interesting art contest I find around the web? Drop me a comment down here and let me know! 

CALL FOR ARTIST 2018 | CHEAP

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Hoppìpolla | A box full of magic

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Have you ever heard of Hoppìpolla?
It’s a magical box, full of beauties and happiness.

That’s exactly how I felt when I opened mine today. It was the first time I received it  and just like all the new things it comes with a mix of suspense, expectation and impatience.
I can say now that it didn’t leave me disappointed.

Hoppìpolla is a blind subscription, yeah just like dates. Every month you will get a box filled with all the nice objects that these guys collected, from emerging artists, niche magazines and design objects.
This month’s one was full of magical pugs, chocolate and a magazine that speak about european artists. I really hope that I am going to like April’s one just like this one, I’ll let you know! Would you like to see more posts about these boxes? If so, let me know in the comments! 😉

Did I get your attention? If so, down here you can find a link to their websites, just scroll and dive into their colorful world!

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Dive into words, like the white whale. [Free download]

Yup, I ripped this page from a Moby Dick book. A pretty old and used one actually.
Nice edition, I loved the italian translation.

My friend said I am a monster for doing it.
But I did it for the sake of art, could you ever forgive me?

Plus, that was just a part of the real book. Come on!
I found it years ago in a thrift shop and started reading it, but as I said, it was just half of the book. So I decided to buy a better edition, with amazing illustrations and to use this old one to have fun. 🙂

The original piece is going to be a gift, but thinking about that, I decided to make it a gift for you all, soooo… Yup, surprise! You can find an A4 printable version for free in my downloadable area!

If you haven’t done it yet, simply subscribe to my newsletter to get the access code!
Click here to go straight to the page and do it. ❤
Consider it my late Christmas Gift, eheh!

If you download it and make a picture out of it for your home or whatever, please send me a picture, I’d be super glad to know about it and to see the result. <3

Chiara

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