23 Oct Technique
Technique employed for the creation of the paintings:
- Small sketch on paper using Indian ink or marker, containing a rough idea about the final size;
- Iconographic research of pictures by Piranesi, photos, film frames, comic strips by Barks, scenic design or layout of animation films, pictures and science fiction film frames;
- Acquisition of all the selected pictures (both black and white and colours) from scanner;
- Creation and rendering of parts of the painting in 3D through a modelling software;
- Creation of the digital layout with the sections composing the completed painting and definition of the final size;
- Alteration of the views by Piranesi with new additional and creative items using photographic retouching programmes;
- alteration of photos and pictures acquired from scanner;
- Plotting of the retouched pictures on glossy or silky photo paper, as well as on 250 g special paper for the aerograph airbrush;
- Printing of the background on forex board;
- Colouring of the pictures by Piranesi and other graphic items, retouching by hand of the printed photos and pictures using acrylic paint brush photoshop, Indian ink, pencil, pastel, ecoline, paint brush water colour, Uniposca markers.
- Cutting out of all the sections composing the painting; acquisition of all the individual cut out parts from scanner; final assembling with vinyl glue and spray.
It is important to know that before gluing and making the first model, which is no longer alterable, all sections are acquired from a drum scanner; subsequently all sections will be cleaned through a retouching photographic programme. In this way the pictures will be ready for a new and completely digital assembly of the painting, transforming it into a completely new and original creation.
This procedure explains why there are some important theoretical differences between the digital model and the real one: as an example, let us consider the shadows that a level makes onto another: these shadows are produced with the aerograph in the real painting, and with the digital aerograph in the digital painting. The digital painting is not identical to the real painting, in that the artist realises every artistic operation by hand.
Therefore, at the end, there will be different paintings, since everything is created by the artist by hand, both in the digital version and in the real version.
Another important consideration concerns the titles of the works. His passion for science fiction and fantasy has led the artist Andrea Felice to the selection of titles as quotations from literary works. In fact, the titles derive from science fiction stories of the collection “Urania”.
“Urania” is a science fiction literary series first published in 1952, the best-known and oldest of its kind in Italy, still successfully publishing new stories. Just before completing his painting, the artist selects a few titles and – by identifying the right one – he gets inspiration to add a winning element to the painting, not present in the initial project.
Up to 9 original paintings are always realised at the beginning; subsequent reproductions numbered from 10 to 50 are all partial or reduced retouchées of the paintings, fine-tuned by hand by the artist. All the works are complete with authenticity certificate.
In 2019 a line of official merchandise for collection purpose started, an array of new artistic objects, or partially reworked items from existent classical masterpieces by the artist.