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  • Listening to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJgtCac4bq4&fea
  • Eating: still recovering from jaw surgery
I have long run out of ideas worth a try, so I am open for a few requests. Of course, I'll do them for free, just for the fun of it. Since I am not easily sold on someone else's ideas, you'll have to think outside the box, and bring out something good enough to intrigue me.
  • Listening to: inception OST
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
  • Reading: melville's moby dick
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
It's the coming of springtime. Could it be any different for me?

UPDATE: got shingles too!!!!!!!!!! Arguably, I have been under emotional and physical strain for too long...
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
It's a joke, of course. Just thought I could make a little update to my journal.
If you don't like it, try and find a better one when you're running short of arguments!
  • Listening to: THE BIG COME DOWN (NIN)
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
My brother's wedding made enough an excuse for me to finish a picture that's been long lingering under layers of dust and oblivion. I am in a creative mood now, folk, but I have also become very hard to handle.

There is a radio in my head ... and  these days it keeps on telling me I should never stop dreaming.
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  • Listening to: A calm Sunday afternoon
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
Finally I understand how to edit this bloody page!
  • Listening to: head down
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
Last Friday NineInchNails were performing in Milan and I was there. On that occasion, Trent Reznor proved to be an amazing artist. Shame he is going to retire and leave the music business for a long, very long while. Incidentally 10 years have passed since I first made acquaintance with his music. All started with "the Fragile" album. Since then Trent Reznor's artistry has accompanied me along ten bloody years: from the day I began first to attend university, and beyond, when I started working in there (and still now, as I am thinking of leaving it). His taste and poetry have shaped much of my imaginary, and helped me endure through hardships and confusing times.

Knowing one of the few I deem an artist is willing to sit back tells my heart some things are to end. A part of me is whispering: everything is going to look a bit more colorless than it usually looks like - says it. As things around us change,  I am driven to judge myself and what I have done. I am turning 29 and I must confess I feel disappointed with everything I have done. Still feeling incomplete. Perhaps I need to move on to different, new endeavors, find true love, perhaps to shift involvements, and search for a different place to fit in.

... and as my rambling goes on, please enjoy your life.
  • Listening to: the ringing in my ears
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
I experienced real renal colic last night.

It still hurts. Badly.
  • Listening to: the ringing in my ears
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
Here you get 19 shots of some places I chanced to see before they were destroyed or changed irremediably. Each picture is all that remains of a place you all have lost, and you'll never see in person. At some point in the future, I will start removing one pic after another, leaving five only.

Let me know which ones should survive.
  • Listening to: an approaching storm
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
For some reason I cannot account, the most recent entry to my journal was trimmed out during the last major upgrade at deviantart. So for the last two weeks, whoever managed to enter the Dreammaze could only read an old  message of mine, dating back to August 2008. A message of surrender. But things have changed along the way, and have been keeping moving these months, even if I cannot tell how far they have improved. Most importantly, I have been drawing pretty much, considering my standards. I am working on a comic and I have reached page 67. The only negative is, I cannot show you the results. If everything goes fine as I wish, you will probably have a nice surprise. For now, you have to wait for a while. Perhaps I will post more drawings, but you will see, what I am working on will be worth the wait!
  • Listening to: an approaching storm
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my computer screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
I don't really know when the next drawing will come. For now I can't see a way out of this mess.
  • Listening to: the annoying buzzing in my ear
  • Reading: various stuff
  • Watching: my laptop screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
I am enjoying a well deserved break. I count on showing some new stuff on deviantart in a very short time. Stay tuned, in case you are still interested in.
  • Listening to: the annoying buzzing in my ear
  • Reading: Various stuff
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
I see smileys everywhere.
  • Listening to: the annoying buzzing in my ear
  • Reading: Various stuff
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
My point is, I can't help minding people. I can't just simply ignore what they do,  how they feel, and what they think about their past or their future. I feel sorry about them, and would like to understand them. But they do not want this. Most of times they do not either think anything good or bad of you- Their heads are not a treasure hoard full of thoughts and secrets... and all that you can find inside them is only emptiness.

When I feel alone (and it happens quite often to me these days), I maintain the fault is not mine. A day's reasoning might be enough to transform you who are reading this into the focus of my hatred. Yes, you could be one of them. You could be like all the others. Will you ever be able to prove me the contrary?

Indifference can be a bliss, sometimes. I would spare my own emotions, and keep myself on track, while the rest is rotting out there. However I wouldn't think of you anymore as a person.
  • Listening to: Saul Williams, NIN and Jack Wall
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
The city of Nym is something I am really proud of, and it should be time to sit back and take a long break. Though I know there's not much spare time left for me these days, I must confess there are two pretty things which are still underway and I can no way put aside. The former one is a new colored version of Fields d'Antan, it is on canvas and the crops there look gorgeous! The latter is my last Oni related fan art: unlike other works it conveys an unusually light feeling, even it it needs much more coloring and photoshop processing. I am not sure when and how I will get both of them done, but who knows... everything is possible with a little luck :)


[EDIT Dec 16]: I am behind schedule as usual. At least my Oni fanart project is now finished and posted here... No updates supposedly till next year,
cheers :)

[EDIT Dec 23]: Apparently I couldn't help doing another drawing!
  • Listening to: Saul Williams, NIN and Jack Wall
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things
  • Eating: Italian food, of course
I have some pretty nice stuff just out of my head that begs me to be finished.
Sadly enough, I am also having hard time with my daily business and a number of deadlines, and I will remain idle for a long while on the "artistic" side. I don't know how and when I will be back uploading my works... for sure I will be watching you, my devious friends!
DeviantArt has been really an interesting experience for me, both on the human and the artistic side. I have known both good and rather rude people around here, and I have drawn several lessons after their reactions (or indifference).

However my dream-maze cannot go any further, for my actual engagement on art is threatened by my current work schedules, and my committment to art is becoming more a distraction (not in *that* sense, of course!). I need to refocus a bit on more short-term matters, and probably I won't be able to post stuff for several months. It's really hard to me to make something done, especially if I have to deal with several conflicting issues at once... :(

Being a self-taught "artist" (but artist is a too big word) and drawing only when the schedules allow me to, has two consequences: on the one hand you can feel free to draw only what you want and keep experimenting, without subordinating your style to the mainstream. On the other hand you realize you will never be as dedicated as you'd really like. I could have set more intense exchanges, I could have done much more. Unfortunately this is not what I've been able to achieve.

So I am planning to draw something different than the usual sketches before a long break
I will draw one more thing when this page will receive the 1000th visit. From that moment I will sit back, and just keep maintaining the gallery. Thanks to everyone for their support and kind advice. Also, I  am also grateful to all the people who answered perhaps too unproperly to my comments, or "did not return the kindness" and reminded me of the shitty side of life.


btw, you can find a bunch of good guys here...
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Recently I found a striking telling of the sack of Costantinople in 1204, made by Nicetas Choniates, a contemporary who witnessed the very events...

One passage in particular made me think: at some point the narration stops and there is a detailed description of a great number of bronze monuments and landmarks of the city (they were dating back from the Classical Age), and the way they were systematically torn apart, or melted down into coins by the crusaders and their troops. Constantinople had been standing apart from the rest of the world, for it was the sole city where all the ancient memories had survived intact, and several generations worked hard to preserve its past and make it grow into something new, while the rest of the world had long sunken into pillage and the warfare of many capricious kings.

"Many other statues and admirable works, [...] shared the same fate, and were destroyed by these barbarians, who, incapable of admiration for the beautiful, converted all these master-pieces into coin, and annihilated monuments which had cost so much, for the sake of such an inconsiderable amount of money."

If we take this sentence out of its original context, we can find out a message for our present day. The substance our works are made of may be needed for something different than art. Bronze can be easily turned into money, bytes endure much less.