Fashion Faces Tutorial 1: Drawing Front View Female

Today we will dive into how to draw a cool fashion head.
Although the clothes on the figure are the main element in the fashion illustration, the head can give that twist we need to make our illustration stand out.

Find below my process:

  • Begin drawing an oval.
  • Track a vertical line in the middle.
  • Now three lines horizontally:
    the eyes line
    the nose line
    the mouth line
  • Start shaping the face
  • Add ears from the nose line to the eyes line
  • Sketch the eyebrows, the bottom of the nose, the eyes and the mouth
  • Now add some glamours fashion features, thinking about makeup and the feeling you want to obtain. Is she a boss girl? A model? Think about her personality and make it alive.

Now my last, but maybe most important tip: exercise a lot and learn perfectly how to draw fashion heads with a classic style.
Once you master the basics, you will be able to find your personal style

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6
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Clip Studio Paint Animation: how to import a sequence of images on the timeline

Hi fashion lovers! In this video, I am going to show you how I create a simple animation importing a series of png. This is also useful if you want to use some images as a reference for your animation.

Before we start I just want to tell you that if you like this video, please, like it and share it on social media. Or make a photo with your phone and put it on your Instagram stories. Don´t forget to tag me so I can share it on my stories as well. And, of course, if you are passionate about fashion illustration or digital illustration, subscribe to my channel to not miss anything! I publish a new video every Thursday!

But let´s start with this animation. First of all, we need to create a new file. On the side where is the Layer window, you can see the folder where I want to import all my images. All you have to do is to drag the images into the folder. Don´t worry: you´ll not see them immediately on the timeline.

Now, go to the timeline and rename the animation folder: I will call it Girl Animation.

Now go to the timeline and right-click on the first frame.
Select the name of the first images that you want to appear and here there is! You can see it :)
Finally, I am going to do the same for all the other images.

Delete the white background and it´s done!

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How to draw the Teddy Coat

Must-have of the season? With no doubt the Teddy Coat. Just a few days ago on Cosmopolitan Italia, I was reading an article about it: one of my favorite enveloping fuzzy coat to wear is the one by Bershka. You know that I have a passion for pink, right?

In the video, you can see how I create the coat in Manuela´s style, with the addition of a maxi-scarf (in Berlin we don't mess with the cold!). As always, you will find a list of the tools I use at the end of this post and, below, the description step-by-step:

  • After creating a rough sketch with the pencil tool I want to start with the coat.

In the past, sometimes I found my illustration out of topic.
I found myself starting with an initial idea (a peace to wear since we are talking about fashion illustration) and I ended up putting the main focus on some other aspects of the drawing (like, for instance, the model, the hair, etc).
I learned that in order to avoid a lack of focus it is always a good idea to start drawing and coloring what should be the main subject!

  • Using the Fluff Fur Brush I start adding color to the coat.
    The brush has not full coverage so, I make more than one brushstroke where I need more color density.
  • Using the G-Pen Brush of Clip Studio Paint I trace the outline of the scarf in black on a vector layer
  • I create a new raster layer and, using the scarf vector layer as a reference layer, I fill it with black.
  • I create a new raster layer for the lights and using the white I start adding them.
  • Now I focus on the face and I start inking with the G-Pen on the vector layer.
  • Then, I start with the flat colors on the lips, the eyes and the hair and I add shadows and lights.
  • Using the black G-Pen I add some rebel hair around her face. As I already mentioned in my previous posts, I love this moment because the face gets an ultra-feminine and sexy look
  • Using the Droplet brush I add ink spots in the background
  • To make it shine, I also use the Sparkle A and Sparkle B brushes on the coat
  • Using the "correct line" tool I increase the size of the outlines where I feel that the figure needs more strength
  • I create a new raster layer and set it as "multiply". This one is for the shadows and using a dark red I start adding them.
  • I add more lines to the vector layer for the fur. I want them to be really free, this is why I put the brush stabilizer to 0.
  • Since I am not satisfied with the eyes I start over again. The same process as I used earlier using the dense watercolor brush, flat color, shadows, and lights. I use the same brush to add some blush and eyeshadow.
  • Final step: some shadows to the face using the violet.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6
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How to create a digital Beauty Illustration: MAC Kiss of Stars Lipstick

Today we're going to dive into how I create a beauty illustration using the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Clip Studio Paint Ex.

Many of you ask me about my creative process and I thought that it could be useful to add a written step-by-step- guide to this video here on my Blog. So don´t forget to sign up for the newsletter (on the right side of this article) to do not miss anything!

Here is my process:

  • Look for reference images. In this case, I already knew that I wanted to illustrate the MAC Kiss of Stars Lipstick so I just had to find a really clear image of it.
  • Using the G-Pen Brush of Clip Studio Paint I trace the outline in black on a vector layer
  • I create a new raster layer and, using the vector layer as a reference layer, I start adding flat colors.
  • I create a new raster layer for the lights and using the white I start adding them.
  • I create a new raster layer and set it as "multiply". This one is for the shadows and using a violet dark tone I start adding them.
  • I create the stars using the Star brush. Locking the transparent pixel, I color the stars. I add some details with the G-Pen.
  • On a new layer, I add some sparkles with the Glitter Circle Cross brush.
  • Using the Bloodstain brush I add the black color splash on the background

Et voilà. The illustration is done!

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M.A.C. Kiss of Stars Lipstick Limited Edition

New Watercolors

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Today I will show you some of the illustrations I've done lately.

With the experience, I have learned that sometimes, to move forward, you have to stop and go back to where you started.

I took pencils and brushes and I started to draw using my old favorite technique: watercolor. I had just a single task: to illustrate clothes.
As for the rest, I drew freely without thinking too much.

It may seem simple and banal, but I'm the kind of person who wants to have control over everything …
So no, ladies and gentlemen: for me, it is not easy at all!

In the photos you can see the result of my hard work.

Write your thoughs in the comments below!

ps: follow my stories on Instagram for real-time updates from my studio;)

Oggi vi mostrerò alcune delle illustrazioni che ho realizzato ultimamente.

Con l'esperienza, ho imparato che a volte, per progredire, bisogna fermarsi e ripensare da dove si è partiti.

Ho ripreso in mano matite e pennelli e ho iniziato a disegnare usando la mia tecnica preferita di un tempo: l'acquerello.Mi sono data un unico compito: illustrare abiti.
Per il resto, ho disegnato liberamente senza pensare troppo.

Può sembrare semplice e banale, ma io sono quel tipo di persona che tende a voler avere il controllo su tutto…
Quindi no, signori e signore: per me non è per nulla facile!

Nelle foto potete vedere il risultato del mio duro lavoro.

Scrivete nei commenti a questo post le vostre impressioni!

ps: seguite le mie storie su Instagram per update in tempo reale dal mio studio ;)

Let's celebrate Love!

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It's Valentine's Day!
What better occasion to show you the newest illustration part of the new latest dedicated to sweets?
In addition to a delicious hearts covered cupcake, you can see the model wearing a wonderful dress by Giambattista Valli's spring couture collection 2019.

But it is not the only news: in a few days you can buy in my shop the print of this illustration but …. drum roll …. you can also buy the original pencil drawing!

So let's celebrate Love!

And for love, I mean not only the relationship between two people, but also the love for our mother earth, for nature and, above all, for ourselves.

In a few words … the Universal Love.

Within our busy and stressful lives, it has become difficult to find the time to do something that really makes us happy.
It is a consideration that it anything but trivial: for example, many people are so in deep in their work/relationships/children or other stuff that they can not answer to an apparently simple question:

What makes you REALLY HAPPY?

I wait for your answers in the comments to this post!

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E' San Valentino!
Quale occasione migliore per mostrarvi la nuova illustrazione parte della nuova serie dedicata ai dolci?
Oltre ad un gustosissimo cupcake tempestato di cuori, potete vedere la modella indossare un meraviglioso abito della collezione primavera couture 2019 di Giambattista Valli.

Ma non è l'unica novità: tra qualche giorno potrete acquistare nel mio negozio la stampa di questa illustrazione ma…. rullo di tamburi…. potrete comprare anche il disegno originale a matita!

Celebriamo quindi l'amore!

E per amore intendo non solo quello di una relazione tra due persone, ma anche quello per il mondo, la natura e, soprattutto, noi stessi.

Insomma…l'Amore Universale.

Dentro le nostre vite frenetiche e stressanti, è diventato difficile trovare il tempo per fare qualcosa che ci rende realmente felici.
E' una riflessione tutt'altro che banale: per esempio, molte persone prese dal lavoro/relazioni/figli o altro non sanno rispondere ad una domanda apparentemente così semplice:

cosa vi rende VERAMENTE FELICI?

Aspetto le vostre risposte!

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Shop Update: Postcards


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Who follow me on Instagram already know the big news in my shop: the postcards!

This is an easy way for everyone to collect my art, or to send a message to someone special ;)

The size is A6 (14.8 x 10.5 cm) printed on 330 gsm matte paper.

What are you waiting for? Click here and start collecting them right now!

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Chi mi segue su Instagram è già al corrente della grande novità nel mio negozio: le cartoline!

Questo è un modo facile e alla portata di tutti per collezionare le mie illustrazioni, o per inviare un messaggio ad una persona speciale ;)

Il formato è A6 (14.8 x 10.5 cm) stampate su carta opaca da 330 gsm.

Cosa aspettate? Cliccate qui e iniziate a collezionarle subito!


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Unique Beauty From Inside Out

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UNIQUE BEAUTY FROM INSIDE OUT with Lee Alexander McQueen is the last flash mob of 2018 by @theUNIQUEillustration

When I first read the theme of this flash mob I got excited: Alexander McQueen has always been an immense source of inspiration for me. I love his visions and, although the dark atmosphere does not reflect me very much, I have always been attracted by his ability to tell charming stories through his creations.

For this illustration, I was inspired by the exhibition Savage Beauty, held for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2011 and later in 2015, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
I wanted to represent the wild and primordial beauty seen as an element inextricably linked to nature, in the form of an ethereal and delicate female creature like a flower but strong and passionate like the wonderful dress I wanted to illustrate. All surrounded by the dark atmosphere typical of McQueen.

To be honest, I had some difficulty in representing what I wanted: as I said, I'm not used to representing dark atmospheres and it took me a while to find the right color palette and the right balance between Manuela De Simone and Alexander McQueen! (you know, my name next to his makes a strange effect!)

The Savage Beauty print will soon be available in my online shop!

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UNIQUE BEAUTY FROM INSIDE OUT con Lee Alexander McQueen è l'ultimo flash mob del 2018 by @theUNIQUEillustration

Quando per la prima volta ho letto il tema di questo flashmob mi sono emozionata: Alexander McQueen è da sempre un'immensa fonte di ispirazione per me. Amo le sue visioni e, sebbene l'atmosfera dark non mi rispecchi molto, sono sempre stata attratta dalla sua capacità di raccontare delle storie incantevoli tramite le sue creazioni.

Per questa illustrazione mi sono ispirata alla mostra Savage Beauty, tenutasi per la prima volta al Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York nel 2011 e al Victoria and Albert Museum di Londra nel 2015.
Ho voluto rappresentare la bellezza selvaggia e primordiale vista come elemento imprescindibilmente legato alla natura, sotto forma di una creatura femminile eterea e delicata come un fiore ma forte e passionale come il meraviglioso abito che ho voluto illustrare. Tutto avvolto dall'atmosfera dark tipica di McQueen.

Ad essere onesta, ho avuto qualche difficoltà nel rappresentare quello che volevo: come dicevo, non sono abituata a rappresentare atmosfere oscure e mi ci è voluto un po' per trovare la giusta palette di colori e il giusto equilibrio tra Manuela De Simone e Alexander McQueen!(mi fa un certo effetto il mio nome accanto al suo, sapete?!)

La stampa di Savage Beauty sarà presto disponibile nel mio Shop on-line!

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Alice in Gucciland

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It has been a while since my last entry to a UNIQUE's flashmob. Here is my Alice in Gucciland wearing a lurex jacquard gown sculpted with wide shoulders and embellished with velvet ribbon and a silk flower brooch by Gucci Cruise 2018.Read more

How I paint Skin with Clip Studio Paint

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen a preview of this video.

Well, this is the extended version where I shaw you how I paint Skin with Clip Studio Paint Ex and my Wacom Cintiq 13 HD.

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Se mi seguite su Instagram, avete visto una preview di questo filmato la scorsa settimana.

Bene, questa è la versione estesa nella quale vi mostro come dipingo la pelle utilizzando Clip Studio Paint Ex e la mia Wacom Cintiq 13 HD.

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Painting eyes Process Video

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New video on my YouTube channel!

In this video, I show you my technique to paint the eyes.
I use my inseparable Wacom Cintiq 13HD and Clip Studio Paint Ex.Read more

Gotcha! Girl: Yume

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Many things happened since August: some concerning my private life, others my job.

Soon I will reveal everything: but all in good time.

I want to start from August when I came back to Italy to spend a few weeks on vacation and see the family.

When I left Berlin, I was tired and stressed.

2017 was hard: moving to another country, learning a new language, keep on developing my personal projects and working as a freelancer, required lots of energy and willpower!

When I left for Italy I wanted to disconnect completely from my routine: in the suitcase I put my sketchbook and the intention to stay away from any electronic device for three weeks.

No social networking.

After few days, I realized how much time and energy I was usual spending on them, often pushing into the background more important goals (such as my Gotcha project!)

I understood how much pressure to perform I had, and being able to free myself from the Like and Followers fever has been like taking off from my stomach a huge weight.

Having said this, I am ready to come back to the Social world, but with a very different mood.

From now on I will probably reduce my social activity, to dedicate more time to my creative activities.

Speaking of which, here we are at the leading news: Yume, my new illustration for the Gotcha series!

Yume in Japanese means dream.

I've always been a great dreamer and a fervent supporter of the motto "if you can dream it you can do it."

But there was a time in my life where I no longer believed in anything, and I had lost confidence in myself.

This illustration is dedicated to the rediscovered ability to dream and to believe.

But style cannot be put on one side ;)

Yume wears a gorgeous Temperley London dress from the 2017 Autumn collection.

I will continue to publish WIP updates on my Instagram, so keep following me


Son successe molte cose da Agosto: alcune riguardanti la mia vita privata, altre la sfera lavorativa.

Pian piano vi svelerò tutto quanto: ma ogni cosa a suo tempo.

Voglio iniziare proprio da Agosto, quando sono tornata in Italia per trascorrere qualche settimana di vacanza e rivedere la famiglia.

Alla partenza da Berlino ero stanca e stressata.

Il 2017 è stato un anno molto faticoso: trasferirsi in un'altra nazione, imparare una nuova lingua e continuare a sviluppare i progetti personali lavorando come freelance, ha richiesto non poche energie e forza di volontà!

Quando sono partita per l'Italia ho voluto staccare del tutto: in valigia ho messo il mio sketchbook e l'intenzione di tenere ogni apparecchiatura elettronica spenta per tre settimane.

Niente social networking.

Così facendo mi sono resa conto di quanto tempo ed energie utilizzassi a questo scopo, tralasciando spesso (ahimè) obiettivi più importanti come, ad esempio, il disegno e lo sviluppo del mio progetto Gotcha!

Mi sono resa conto quanta “ansia da prestazione” avessi accumulato e liberarmi dalla febbre dei Like e dei Follower è stato come togliersi un peso dallo stomaco.

Detto questo, oggi sono pronta a tornare nel mondo Social, ma con tutt'altro spirito.

Ho deciso, d'ora in poi, di ridurre la mia attività social, per dedicare più tempo alla creazione e alla progettazione.

Quindi meno post, ma più “sostanziosi”.

A tal proposito, eccoci giunti alla notizia principale: Yume, ovvero la mia nuova illustrazione per la serie Gotcha!

Yume in giapponese significa sogno.

Sono sempre stata una gran sognatrice e una fervente sostenitrice del “se puoi sognarlo puoi realizzarlo”.

C'è stato un periodo della mia vita in cui non credevo più in nulla, e avevo perso la fiducia nelle mie possibilità

Ho voluto dedicare questa illustrazione alla ritrovata capacità di sognare e di credere in se stessi.

Lo stile però non può mancare ;)

Yumi indossa un meraviglioso abito di Temperley London della collezione Autunno 2017.

Continuerò a pubblicare aggiornamenti dal mio studio su Instagram, perciò continuate a seguirmi


Sketchary! - Oscar de la Renta

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Which is the main characteristic of my sketchbook?
It is an explicit representation of my dreams closet.

Among the designers who have made my fantasy travel over the years, there is surely Oscar de la Renta.

Today's illustration is inspired by the Spring 2018 collection, on the catwalk of the New York Fashion Week a few days ago.

Peculiarità del mio sketchbook?
Essere una chiara rappresentazione del mio armadio dei sogni.

Tra gli stilisti che più hanno fatto viaggiare la mia fantasia nel corso degli anni, c'è sicuramente Oscar de la Renta.

L'illustrazione di oggi è ispirata alla collezione Primavera 2018, sfilata sulle passerelle della New York Fashion Week qualche giorno fa.

Sketchary! - A warm winter with Zara

In Berlin, summer is already a memory, and you have to prepare for the cold winter.

Looking around, I fell in love with a pale pink synthetic fur coat by Zara.

Perfect to make cool even the simplest outfit ;)


A Berlino l'estate è già un ricordo e bisogna iniziare a prepararsi alle temperature rigide dell'inverno.

Scorrendo le novità della stagione, mi sono innamorata di questo cappotto rosa pallido di pelliccia sintetica con collo a revers classici e maniche lunghe di Zara.

Perfetto per rendere cool anche il più semplice degli outfit 😉


Gotcha!ry: Mirror... Mirror...

August was dedicated to relaxing and, most of all, to a break from the social media, pleasure and pain of our times.
The holiday in Sardinia has made me want to see the world with my own eyes and not through the screen of my iPhone.
And, after 20 days spent in the intimacy of my family, I felt full of enthusiasm and energy, and I already have a couple of news to share with you.

The first one, as you can see at the beginning of this post, is "Mirror ... Mirror ....", the fourth illustration of the Gotcha!ry series.
The protagonist is Victoria with Miu Miu Eau de Parfum Spray by Miu Miu.

The second news is The Wow! Factor, the new appointment on this Blog where I will share with you everything I find inspiring and stimulates my creativity.
Of course, every recommendation is welcome.
Comment this post or contact me via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for any suggestion.

Do not miss the first appointment with The Wow! Factor this Wednesday ;)

Il mese di Agosto è stato all'insegna del relax e soprattutto di una pausa dai social media, croce e delizia dei nostri tempi.
La vacanza in Sardegna ha fatto scaturire in me la voglia di vedere il mondo con i miei occhi e non attraverso lo schermo del mio iPhone.
E dopo 20 giorni trascorsi nell'intimità della mia famiglia, mi sono sentita piena di entusiasmo e di energie e già ho un paio di novità da condividere con voi.

La prima, come potete vedere, è “Mirror...Mirror....”, ovvero la quarta illustrazione della serie Gotcha!ry.
La protagonista è Victoria insieme a Miu Miu Eau de Parfum Spray by Miu Miu.

La seconda novità è The Wow! Factor, il nuovo appuntamento su questo Blog nel quale condividerò con voi tutto ciò che mi ispira e che stimola la mia creatività.
Ovviamente, ogni suggerimento e segnalazione è la benvenuta.
Commentate questo post o contattatemi via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook per le segnalazioni.

Non perdete il primo appuntamento con The Wow! Factor questo mercoledì ;)