Leonardo Sala, Illustrator and Artist – The Mannequin


inside burning

Today we have Leonardo Sala who has kindly told us a little about his emotive pieces from a series called ‘The Mannequin

“With ‘The Mannequin’ I wanted to create a style to quickly illustrate concepts, with a bit of a surreal atmosphere. I like very much to put constraint in my art process too. For ‘The Mannequin’ the constraints were: clear concepts, minimal style, draw directly with a pen. Feeling a strong emotion while creating is another essential part of the process.”

splash

Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and where are you living now?

My name’s Leonardo Sala and I’m a 38 old multimedia artist living in Milano, Italy.

At what age did you begin drawing/illustrating? And when did it become a profession?

I started drawing “seriously” at the age of 13, while attending the art school in Busto Arsizio. Then in 1991, after attending the illustration/animation course at IED in Milano, I began working in the multimedia biz.

heart event

What people (artist or otherwise), places or things inspire you, and how?

My inspiration comes from multiple sources and in multiple ways. I started getting inspired when I was a child watching the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico and René Magritte. Then came Moebius (which strongly influenced my Mannequin style). Recently I’ve been a big fan of Kazuo Oga, background artist of many Miyazaki’s films. Inspiration tend to strike me when I’m not in front of my computer, especially if I’m walking around in a peaceful place.

brain

What are your most used ‘tools of the trade’

These days I work mainly digital and my tools are Corel Painter for illustration and Blender 3D and Flash for animation. To do sketches I use anything handy, like pencils, pens, pastels. Often I like to force myself to draw using a pen without doing any prior sketch, and using only single strokes: only me, the pen and the blank sheet. The Mannequin was created just this way.

net

What are you working on at the moment?

? I’m finishing an on line Flash application for a client. On the art side, I’m creating a new style of animation that I really want to push forward.

relax

What are your other interests beside art?

I play the piano since the age of 11, so music is one of my other interests (oops, but this is art). I like to design and program small games (ouch! art again!). Beside art, I’m not a very active person so I like to do standard but very enjoyable things like staying with my wife and my baby, watching movies, surfing the internet, playing games…

star

What’s the best and worst parts of being a full time, working artist?

? Well, it depends on what is important to you and your life. If you are a freelance the bright side is time management. You can manage your life and your work in a quite flexible way. The dark side of being a freelance is that you don’t have any guaranteed income, you must work and, at the same time, you must constantly contact new clients; often you sleep a few hours ’cause of night time work, and so on.

StopIt

Any advice to up and coming artists?

Again, it depends on what you want your career to be and what kind of person you are. If you wanna work at Disney you must bend your mind to the “Disney way of life”, I suppose. From my point of view I’d suggest: do your best to develop YOUR art and style. Nowadays it’s very difficult to be completely original but strive to put your mark in your work. Client work tend to leave you with little or no time, but try to keep some to do new experiments with your art.

www.saleo.biz

photo

 

225 Comments »

  1. I always spent my half an hour to read this web site’s articles all the time along with a mug of coffee.|

  2. Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my website so i got here to return the choose?.I’m attempting to find issues to enhance my site!I suppose its good enough to make use of some of your ideas!!|

  3. This post is actually a fastidious one it helps new web people, who are wishing for blogging.|

  4. Lara Sowards says:

    My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!|

  5. Wow, this article is fastidious, my younger sister is analyzing these kinds of things, therefore I am going to tell her.|

  6. Shelly Oja says:

    You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually one thing which I believe I might never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely broad for me. I am taking a look ahead in your subsequent submit, I’ll try to get the hold of it!|

  7. I am really impressed along with your writing talents as smartly as with the layout in your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it your self? Either way stay up the excellent high quality writing, it is rare to peer a nice blog like this one nowadays..|

  8. Niamh says:

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of
    the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress
    on various websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another
    platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.

    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content
    into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  9. Jed Hondros says:

    Great web site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!|

  10. Cederberg says:

    Awesome Site, Preserve the fantastic work. thnx!

  11. Hi there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this web site.|

  12. Alease Nevel says:

    Definitely believe that that you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the easiest thing to bear in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed whilst other folks consider issues that they just don’t recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as defined out the entire thing with no need side-effects , other people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you|

  13. Gwenn Herz says:

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.|

  14. Jacque Taps says:

    Hi there mates, how is the whole thing, and what you would like to say about this piece of writing, in my view its really amazing designed for me.|

  15. Neal Walton says:

    I like what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve you guys to my own blogroll.|

  16. Zofia Imaino says:

    Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; we have developed some nice methods and we are looking to swap techniques with others, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.|

  17. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for my mission.|

  18. Jesusa Rafiq says:

    I am sure this article has touched all the internet people, its really really fastidious piece of writing on building up new website.|

  19. Arden Stent says:

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for meta_keyword|

  20. I do not know if it’s just me or if everyone else encountering problems with your site. It appears as though some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This could be a issue with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Many thanks|

  21. We are a group of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with useful information to work on. You have done an impressive activity and our entire neighborhood will likely be grateful to you.|

  22. I do agree with all of the concepts you’ve offered for your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for novices. Could you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.|

  23. Good replies in return of this question with firm arguments and describing everything concerning that.|

  24. If some one needs to be updated with most recent technologies therefore he must be pay a visit this web site and be up to date everyday.|

  25. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!|

RSS feed for comments on this post. /

Leave a Reply

Rex The Stray – underground dog comic

Rex The Stray, an underground comic about a deviant runaway dog styled by illustrator Christian Herr and writer Lee Noble.

www.rexthestray.com

And Drunk Dial Rex, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14CVGGD3xf8

Illustrator Marylou Farue

Work from Marylou Faure, an illustrator living in London.

more at www.maryloufaure.com

Illustrator Joel Mackenzie

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelmackenzie/ Details »

Captain Feline – Blending Pop Culture with Cats

felineship

Captain Feline employs anthropomorphism to blend pop culture with cats. The results are a collection of fun t-shirts and limited edition art prints – purr-fect for displaying a combined love of cats and cult movie characters! Whilst the debut t-shirt illustrations by Dave are inspired by cult and classic movie characters, the team plan to increase the range to feature other pop culture icons as they grow and expand.

http://www.captainfeline.com Details »

Vertigo

vertigo

via: www.tradclyffe.co.uk

Insekta

insekta-03

Insekta is a collection designed by Italian studio Kreativehouse. Details »

Neon Nature – Louise McNaught

Wild-times-Sacrylic-spray-paint-and-pencil-on-linen-600x60x4cm-092012 (1)

Louise McNaught is a contemporary artist whom mixes painting and illustration. Details »

Mountain Daily – Daily Portrait

copilatie_01 (1)

 

Driven by destiny and under the heavy influence of cartoon madness, two illustration students from the Netherlands decided to team up and start a mission. The goal is to make one cartoon face every weekday, until the result is one big epic cartoon collection which reaches to INTFINITY! Details »

Illustration Lover

452843becc5bb19456c077d32769cc50

Some work by Ana Sofia an artist originally from Portugal currently living in New York. Details »

A unique CD package – Wandering Pleiades

DSC_4700

Pleiades is a Greek-speaking folk polyphonic singing female group. The group was founded in May 2006 in Thessaloniki, in order to contribute to the diffusion of the Greek-speaking folk polyphonic singing.

Kostas Bartsokas designed their first album “Wandering Pleiades”. The cd package is designed from a single cut craft stock without the use of any glue or plastic parts. It was printed with pantone black and white. The package is inspired by their clean – vocal only – music and reflects an earthly and clean tone which is emphasized by the stock color and feel. The six Pleiades sit underneath the bridge and sing their songs. The artwork references the old bridges of Epirus and some traditional patterns of Epirotic knit ware.
Details »

Noddy Boffin

Map/Plan Drawers

I’ve recently started a woodworking/furniture making course. Although my mortise and tenon joins would make any accomplished woodworker cringe, I’m lucky enough to have an expert teacher, Elliot Gorham. Here’s a small sample of work via his site Noddy Boffin

Details »

OneByNine – Hong Kong apartment interiors

Lukas from OneByNine studio in Hong Kong was kind enough to let me know about their latest interior design project. The project has been dubbed the ‘invader apartment’.


Details »

KISSTHEDESIGN by A3 collectif

 

Branding and identity for post war furniture and contemporary art gallery, KISSTHEDESIGN by A3 Collectif

Details »