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Etruschi, equivoci, enigmi, esoterismo è il terzo libro di Lidia Orlandini edito da Innocenti Editore. Ne ho curato le illustrazioni e la copertina. Le illustrazioni più interessanti, quelle che più mi hanno affascinato, lavorandoci, sono Tuchulcha, Phersipnei e la tomba dei rilievi.

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mappa con pugno di scimmia

Il pugno di scimmia è sempre stato il mio nodo preferito. Uno dei più difficili da realizzare, ci misi un'estate intera degli anni '90 per riuscire a realizzarlo uno decente. Con una palla di carta al centro, o meglio ancora una palletta di piombo. Già perchè il pugno di scimmia, una sfera quasi perfetta di colli che si stringono assomigliando a forti dita sottili, oltre che belo era anche un nodo utile: serviva come peso da lancio, in banchina, per le cime di ormeggio.

Finalmente un nuovo aggiornamento alla mappa poster "vuoi fare vela?". Tante migliorie grafiche e tante aggiunte.

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E' pronta la versione di agosto 2018 del poster "tutta la vela in un'unica mappa".

Il giorno in cui perfezionavo le illustrazioni della sezione meteo visuale, e in particolare la massa nuvolosa del cumulonembo, è successo che la sera stessa ne ho incontrato uno reale in mare che sembrava esattamente uscito dalla mia mappa infografica.

Ed ho sperimentato il meteo da essa promesso: poco dopo si scatenava una tempesta di lampi e acqua esattamente come previsto e scritto nella mappa. La colonna minacciosa a forma di fungo del cumulonembo non lascia speranze: nei dintorni sono probabili fulmini e fenomeni estremi.

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A new version for "Learn blender with a poster", 1.73 for Blender 2.79. As today, the Blender infographic poster has been downloaded more than 110.000 times, and I'm so glad. Developers, teachers and designers are really loving this giant shortcut map and I'm encouraged to update. Thanks for all the suggestions and hints about it.

As it is evolving now with so dense and complex diagrams (I'm also getting many complaints about it) it's not only a list of shortcuts. It's basically my reference mind map of functions in blender. I'm including every note or tip I risk to forget in time and I use it to plan my workflow on every modeling project.

Blender 2.8 is arriving soon and I will evolve the map following the new UI and new functions coming.

What's new in the blender poster?

1. Did you ever needed to extend a slooping roof over the wall perimeter? Custom orientation is a killer tip in Blender mesh modeling. I was looking for it for a long time and probably did not discover it as soon as I could. With that you can extend and align anything relatively to vertexes, edges or faces. It's so useful when basics orientation are not efficent anymore; for example when your item is unaligned to main axes. Basically, custom orientation is aligned with the normals of selected items.

2. Another tip I added is group instances. That's another awesome feature when you need to duplicate instances and modify all of them at once. Even in this case, for a long time I was looking for a way to manage complex multi-objects without merging its meshes. And this is probably the best way to do it.

Go to the Learn Blender with a Poster page.


graphic design label

Dalla carta, all'ottone, alla carta di nuovo. Il lungo percorso di questo progetto grafico, attraverso tanti  materiali diversi: carta, pixel, ottone, lamina d'oro, e infine, di nuovo sulla carta. Poi sul prodotto finito, una bottiglia color smeraldo piena di Olio Biologico Extravergine d'Oliva.

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roman galea drawing

All about sailing in a poster updated! A new piece of sailing history is in the illustrated timeline: roman galea with its typical rostrum and bow eye. I added a block and connected with the figure eight knot, making the bottom right frame even more appealing. Some improvements in lettering and on some details on various graphics elements.

Take a look at the new 1.38 version!

label design and still-life

From hand drawing to the cgi still-life

This image is a preview for a label design concept. Advanced printing techniques involve typographic expansive techniques and materials, like specific papers, resins and golden foils. The cost for a single test print can be high. That's why I pre-visualizzed these drafts before the final approval. That's the best way to present the design work in the way I want, especially for shining materials and other effects.

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Roman ionic capital sculpting workshop

After the final artwork, I love to manipulate things. In this case I really like both the variations, made on the "Roman ionic desk" illustration. The black & white version really turns it into the highest level of photo realism: a bit of overexposure, depth of field, film grain, dust and particles really obliterate the CGI technique transforming it into something so real.

To the opposite, wireframe version in the second shot tells so much about mesh geometry structure and 3d model quality. And, in this case remeshing process was quite a long work.

The final "Romain Ionic Desk" artwork is in the design CGI illustration section

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The version 1.6 of Learn Blender with a Poster introduce some of the new functions from Blender 2.78. New mustload add-ons: Carves, Archimesh, Measure It. Edit mode select region (ctrl+shift+RC). Driver inputs (ctrl+d), very useful to sync transformations on different axis. More connections between nodes, I'm really trying to tie functions and techniques. Minor fixes and graphic improvements.

I still didn't try - and I can't wait - the new freehand curve function, a feature I was waiting for years. My first attempt to migrate from other 3d softwares to Blender was initally discouraged by this lack: I did not find the shape vector drawing I was expecting; now the gap is to be covered. I'm sure it will be a huge evolution.

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All about sailing in a poster infographic updated to version 1.37!

Adding terms is getting more and more difficult everytime. Because I'm trying to connect and integrate with the existing elements, more than expanding.

Induced wind by yacht speed and the resultant apparent wind, with vectors has been added to the Sailing Rose, in the core of the infographic map. Minor fixes added; some tweaks made to the lettering typography.

Take a look at the new 1.37 version!

Blender infographic

03/09/2016 Update: Minor fixes; ALT+S shrink-fatten function added in edit mode section; Modeling icons added for extrude, click extrude, knife, spin.

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Update 28/08/2016, ver. 1.36

Added some nautical terms and minor fixes on the english version. I removed the previous generic oar boat and drew dinghy boat with a mast. Islands directions are bigger and added to the legenda as "local informations". And most important, the illustrations now covers over the margins. On the left the new Dinghy illustration included in the poster.

Main article post about this work

"All about sailing in a Map" is available on Learn with a Poster store.

Blender infographic

Blender infographic poster as previously announced, is evolving: not only shortcuts but an entire mind map with the blender knowledge.

Many of you are already scared by complexity, others are suggesting to add a lot more shortcuts: but my goal is not to simply list EVERYTHING. I just want to map as much as I can choosing the most useful functions and killer tips.

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etruschi civiltà nascosta

E' uscito il libro di Lidia Orlandini dedicato alla religione e alle tradizioni mitologiche degli Etruschi. Con le mie illustrazioni, compresa la copertina con la Velia Velcha, la donna più famosa dell'Etruria.

Il libro è un percorso romantico, ma documentato, sulle credenze religiose degli etruschi. Un tentativo di cogliere la personalità e le origini di un popolo forte e misterioso, dai lati insieme oscuri e vivaci, con tutte le loro divinità indigene, i rituali cerimoniali e i giochi ai quali si dedicavano tutte le classi sociali: donne emancipate, principi, aruspici, maghi e i primi di re di Roma.

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