Lana Del Rey
28 November 2017
17 October 2017
15 October 2017
From "Chain 00"
November 22, 2001
I’m not quite sure how to put everything into words, these last couple of months have been a real rollercoaster, for all of us.
I know it doesn’t really feel like there is much to be thankful for, this year, but there is.
Patrick was an example of courage and good-will. I’ve learned a lot from him, he inspired me kindness when I was blinded by anger and bravery in the darkest of times. He was a caring brother and an invaluable friend, but also a loving father and husband. He will be remembered as the hero he was. Today we will be thankful for the time we all got to spend with him.
Before you open this present, I want you to know that it belonged to our family for generations, since your Great-Grandfather, Charles O’Clary. Your father was extremely attached to it and I know he would have wanted you to have it. I’m sure you’ll treasure it.
Happy Thanksgiving, Tommy
20 September 2017
14 July 2017
16 June 2017
I have never drawn a villain before, that was a fun experiment, especially with those evil lights. It was also surprisingly quick, considering my standards. Usually, it takes me more days than I'd like to admit to complete a portrait. Anyway, enjoy this portrait of older Cercei Lannister drunk of that wildfire she likes so much. Cheers!
21 February 2017
King Noctis Lucis Caelum CXIV,
Final Fantasy XV
When the second darkness will fall upon the world, the King of Kings shall rise against it and purge our star of its scourge.
02 November 2016
04 October 2016
This self portrait was inspired by a picture Antonia took of me when we were visiting Sainte-Chapelle, in Paris. I was costantly turning around in complete awe, looking at the stained glass, the blue and golden columns, the ceiling, the rose window, all over again and, eventually, I turned to see her with the camera pointed at me.
There is something extremely unique in Sainte-Chapelle that caught my interest for both pictures taking and painting, and that's the inspiring and colorful lighting, you don't get this anywhere else in the world.
The Chapelle is located in Île-De-La-Cité, next to the Palais-de-Justice. It was really special to finally be there. I couldn't wait to see Sainte-Chapelle in real life, especially after playing Assassin's Creed Unity for almost two years and virtually visiting that spot with my friends almost daily.
Here is a bunch of step by step. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
26 June 2016
11 September 2014
I had to go in early today, there was a training session scheduled for 8 am that I completely forgot about. I’m taking Junior to school so you have the morning to yourself.
P.S. I'm sorry for last night. Text me as soon as you read this, I've got big news to share.
I love you very much,
September 11, 2001.
11 August 2014
When friends ask me "what is Chain?" I usually just laugh it out because I don't really know how to answer.
It isn't a comic or a novel. It's exactly what it looks like: a bunch of portraits collected in a timeline that aims to tell a story through the written documents these pictures come with, such as letters or diary pages.
The events take place on the East Coast right after the end of WW2, focusing on the O'Clarys, a middle-class family living the American Dream on Long island, New York. All the family pictures and documents are collected for a school project by T. P. O'Clary, the latest "link of the Chain", who is moved by the strong love he feels for his family; affection that grew stronger after an extremely shocking event that completely changed his life when he was a child.
From the end of a war to the beginning of another, "Chain" is the peace in between.
In the second generation, Elizabeth Gabrys and Thomas O'Clary are living their own teenage fairytale between Brooklyn and Manhattan, during the brightest decade in the history of the United States: the 50s. Their first meeting at his mother's diner, the first date at the Victoria Hotel and the first kiss in Central Park, Chain 55 is all about how these lucky ones got to live their incredibly normal lives.
Since this is also a "behind-the-scenes" kind of post, here are two step-by-step GIFs. Their expressions are both represented in the exact moment they see each other for the very first time.
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Chain doesn't have any ambition, it's not a work related project but a personal and inspired one. It's my own tribute to peaceful times and admiration for that bygone era, channeled into what I'm able to express through my drawings.
"And now I'm dancin' to his voice
He turns to music every noise
He grabs my waist and makes me spin
Long live the king of the Drive-In "
From the album "Unchained", by Julia Adeler.
21 March 2014
That's a Variant Edition cover for a Marvel's X-Men comic that was previously inked by the talented Jacopo Dronio.
20 Italian Artists for 20 Variant covers to celebrate Panini Comics' 20th anniversary.
That's the one I had the honor to work on.
That's the one I had the honor to work on.
Follow the visual countdown on Panini's website, which is unveiling a new cover every day till the day the issues will be released.
25 February 2014
24 February 2014
12 February 2014
"Oh, I haven't seen that green ribbon in a while, now"
I will probabaly never forget the light in my Grandmother's eyes the day I've asked her about the green ribbon.
"He would go to work every morning, back then at the New York Times, kissing me on the cheek while I would put the lunchbox in his suitcase and... he used to put that ribbon inside his pocket, every day before leaving, right here, on his heart".
She gently laid her hand on my chest, smiling dearly.
"Tom wasn't like the other men, no. The King of all gentleman would pale in comparison to your Grandfather's kindness and behavior. He was incredibily sensitive towards the little things in life, and no matter how delicate the circumstance was, he had some sort of sixth sense that always brought him to choose the right thing to say, the right thing to do".
I've asked her to tell me more, to show me some letters, if she still had any.
"Oh my, honey. Are you sure you have time for this?"
She laughed but she sounded nostalgic. I hated bringing all those memories up in her heart but when I've asked her if she preferred to talk about it in another moment, she stood up, held me tight and told me she would have called my mother, warning her I was gonna stay there for dinner.
When she got back in the living room, she was holding a box: a real treasure chest.
"This is the diary I had back then, that's where I wrote about him, the first time we met. Sometimes, when I miss him, I open it... and close it".
She laughed again. Sometimes my Grandmother is just silly.
That night I gave her the green ribbon back, I had a hard time trying not to cry as I was helping her wearing it again, after a whole life, in her long and white hair.
The green ribbon was found in the pocket of the jacket my Grandfather was wearing the day he left us, right here, on his heart.
T. P. O'Clary, February 2014
February 9, 1955
My adored Mark,
I can't wait to be back in New York City next week. Chicago is beautiful and everyone here is adorable, but it has been a month now and I miss home.
Anyway, before we meet next monday, there is something I am thrilled to share with you.
April, Victoria Hotel, live concert.
I just talked to their agents here in Chicago and everything is set. I will explain better at my arrival. The reason I am telling you is because I want you, my dearest, to design the art that will advertise the event. I gave them your name already, you will be contacted soon.
P.S. To show you how grateful I am, here is a detailed portrait I did of you.
From The "New York Post"
April 2, 1955
SUN ON VICTORIA - OPENING NIGHT
By Ryan Smith
The Victoria Hotel opened on April 21, 1905, in New York City. It was designed as a tribute to the Eternal City of Rome and is one of the grandest structures in Midtown Manhattan.
The Hotel has been closed for renovations during the past six months and officially reopens on its 50th anniversary, April 21.
For this glorious event, the Victoria will host a live concert by America's most popular sweetheart, Julia Adeler.
The "Sun of the Empire State" will perform live in Victoria's Great Hall where guests will also enjoy the delicious "art work" of Chef Michael Campagnolo and his talented team of cooks from Memphis.
Seating is limited to 250 guests and reservations for the brightest Friday night of this month begin today.
April 7, 1955
Today I've met the most beautiful and graceful girl I have ever seen in my life. I fell for her the second she lifted her eyes and looked at me.
I can't believe I've never seen her before. She's Elizabeth, Greg's daughter. Mr. Gabrys, you know him.
Oh boy, she stole my heart... I'm sure they'll be back soon because I've found a green ribbon on her seat, I think she dropped it on purpose.
Anyway, I hope you're coming at the diner tomorrow, I need to see your latest artworks.
P.S. I saw Julia's poster. It's amazing.
From Elizabeth Gabrys' Diary
April 7, 1955
This morning dad took us to Manhattan, Mom wanted to take a look at that new store on the 5th Ave and I, well, I just love walking in center city. Shopping, ice cream, more shopping, I thought our trip downtown was going to be today's highlight but, oh my, I was so wrong!
On our way back we stopped at a diner called Katie's. Dad was like "Oh, Katie's heaven on Earth!", "Best pancakes ever!" mom gave him a very bad look and said she's never gonna make pancakes anymore. I was trying not to laugh when I turned around and I saw him.
"Good morning, Mr. Gabrys. I see you brought the family!"
He had the brightest eyes I've ever seen, the deepest voice I've ever heard and there was something in his expression, he looked shy but also curious.
"Hey there Tommy boy, how's Kathleen?"
He smiled at mom and I and, oh, those eyes.
When he left with our orders Dad told us about the O'Clarys. Thomas used to be one of those newspaper boys downtown, "a special one, always yelling about the good news".
Isn't that adorable?
He looked at me as we were leaving. I think he likes me.
"Those pancakes were so good, dad, let's come back soon!"
He said yes.
TO BE CONTINUED