I was sitting in the Villa Borghese park in Rome with plenty of playing kids around, so eventually I just started sketching some of them. As a famous children’s psychologist said: “it’s silly to assume that just because something is fun, it’s not serious. Fun is a most serious pursuit for the ones engaging in it” (or something to this extent). So true. Look at what happens when a child breaks the rules of a game. Or when you spoil someone’s Jenga tower on purpose. Or look at football fans.
This is a coffee shop where I went to hang out while waiting for my Mumford & Sons concert (yeeeeah, yeaaaah!) in March and then met up with friends a few times. I liked it, it was cosy, the staff was very nice, the coffee was good. I thought it was just a normal cafe – then I went to London and discovered it’s a whole huge chain… Hmm. I still like that first one, but it won’t be the same now…
This drawing was done in my old notebook, which still has a few unfinished pieces and some empty pages. I love it and it has a lot of memories, but I have to say that artwork-wise the new one is better: bigger pages, better paper = more space for details and more non-paper-integrity-destructive media options.
This drawing is based on a picture of my Mum from many years ago and was meant to be a birthday present for her, but I didn’t make it on time and ended up giving her something else. I’m not going to give it to her now either. I like it as a drawing, but somewhere on the way the red pencil in the corners of her mouth went too blotchy and her beautiful smile doesn’t look like her anymore. And her eyes don’t look right either. I partly blame the tiny size of the picture, it’s really difficult to copy something so small!