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22 July 7

Nicoletta Ceccoli

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration


Surrealism, fantasy, magic, strange creatures and a beautiful doll-like character among all these with very distinct innocent facial features. There’s definitely much more in Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work to make you feel absorbed in a timeless and spaceless world she paints. I came across this brilliant Italian artist’s work through Bak Magazine and enthralled since.

Nicoletta Ceccoli, an award winning children’s book illustrator, has illustrated over 30 books since 1995 mainly with USA, UK , and Italian publishers. Her clients included among the others Random House, Simon and Shuster, Houghton Mifflin, Mondadori, and Grimm Press.

In 2001 she was awarded the Andersen prize ‘Baia Delle Favole’ as the best illustrator of the year in Italy. In 2006 she was awarded with a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. Nicoletta Ceccoli has exhibited her work in group and solos shows across Europe and North America.

The Magician`s Assistant

The Magician`s Assistant

Contrary Mary

Contrary Mary

View more of Nicoletta’s work here

22 April 5

Casajordi – realities and surrealism

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Souvenir (details) - Casajordi

Souvenir (details)

Fantasy, dream, surrealism, to whatever it takes to escape reality. Casajordi has redefined reality based on his imagination. He enjoys ‘pictures’ and playing with their meanings, and with the duality in between illumination and darkness. I felt lost in his work like Alice in the Wonderland only to wish if I could understand French!

Based in Perpignan (France) near the Spanish border, Casajordi draws his ideas on paper before taking them into Photoshop to create collages – sometimes with over 300 layers spending 15/16 hours on each piece. From overall composition to minute details, you can sense strong narrative expressions as well as unexplained references in his work.

Enfermer - Casajordi


Etrange Famille - Casajordi

Etrange Famille

Jardin Secret - Casajordi

Jardin Secret

La Photographe - Casajordi

La Photographe

Various compositions - Casajordi

Various compositions (close-ups)

Livre - Casajordi


Peur De Grandir - Casajordi

Peur De Grandir

Renaissance - Casajordi


Cerveau - Casajordi


You can view more of Casajordi’s amazing art in fine details here.

Papierkrieg (paper war) by Makaio

Under - Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics

I watched this interesting video on Vimeo few days back and liked it very much. Thanks to Makaio (aka Matthias) for translating his wonderful short film from German to English especially for LivingDesign. I hope to see more of his work coming online soon.


The two-minute short film ‘Papierkrieg’ tells a story about two kids, arguing about whose paper plane is the best. Everything in the children’s imagination seems to become real and functioning. Rapidly they get mad at each other and start a race of arms until it comes to the final clash with weapons of mass destruction where nobody could end up as a winner.

The film deals with the fact, that kids have the possibility to break the borders of the real world through their infinite creativity. On one hand the story shows children’s playful fantasy and on the other it refers to situations in the real world (e.g. political debates).

Boy: My airplane is the best one in the whole world. It even has a jet engine!
Girl: Mine has super cannon, which shoots fireballs!
Boy: Mine deflects them with a tennis racket!
Girl: Mine grills you with a flamethrower!
Boy: Doesn’t matter, it has undestructive-paint!
Girl: You’ll stop laughing after my army of killer bees attacks you!
Boy: But i got a flower bouquet…
Girl: ?
Boy: …of carnivorous plants!
Girl: Acidic rain!
Boy: Protective umbrella!
Girl: Gigantic shredder!
Boy: Soup spoon!
Girl: Shotgun!
Boy: Spider web!
Girl: Hammer!
Boy: Teleporter!
Girl: A-booomb!