Series of traditional and digital watercolors exposed with drawings, canvas and video animations at the personal exhibition Paesaggi Ibridi in Catania, Sicily.

Watercolors ▾

In graphic product there is a distinction between the techniques connected to the materiality of the support which would render the digital environment “inhospitable” for representations that still have many debts with the analogic tradition of drawing. It is the case of watercolor drawings, where the unpredictability of water over a paper support would seem to make the process of creation of the color almost unrepeatable in a digital environment. Our attempt, as Atelier Crilo, was — and still is — to overcome this dichotomy experimenting digital techniques that look upon analogic tools with the same level of imprecision and unpredictability, trying to eliminate the presence of software and favouring a critical view in the creation and communication of architectural design. 

Exhibition in Catania. Video of the opening day and lecture

PAESAGGI IBRIDI, exhibition in Catania ▾

Atelier Crilo's work has been exhibited at SicilCima space, showing the process that leads from analog to digital tools of many of our artworks, introduced by means of video installations, canvas or with sketches and hand drawings. A secret room at the end of the exposition contained a site-specific work for Catania: Etna (in honor of Mount Etna Volcano). Paesaggi Ibridi has been an exhibition curated by Salvatore D'Agostino and directed by Salvatore Gozzo within the cultural project of #‎futuramemoria‬.  

Opening november 6 - Lecture november 7 - on display through December 2015

Etna, cotton paper on Dibond 58 x 63 cm 

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ETNA, Site specific worK for Catania

Etna (Mount Etna Volcano) is an interpretation of the Sicilian landscape, a strip of land between sky and sea where the city of Catania reveals as a hidden transition where buildings, streets and city landscape are a continuous and undifferentiated system in the overall view. The city appears as a combination of interpretative and constructive layers, grafted on the lava rock, still visible through the narrow streets of the historic centre and the predominance of Volcano is still the absolute protagonist of many stories and of the rare beauty of this landscape.

Short version of the video Making of Etna that has been showed during Paesaggi Ibridi exhibition

The huge expressive potential and the mix between manual drawing and digital techniques constitutes the strongest incubation matrix of new as much as of a series of rediscovered aesthetic and ethical values
— Atelier Crilo

Videos about the use of brushes in digital environments and traditional watercolors

Digital AND Analog TECHNIQUES ▾

Atelier Crilo's visualization research is based on the continuos balancing between digital and analog techniques. The contribute of various disciplines, starting from the paradigm of traditional arts and crossing the computer graphic, influences our visual approach in drawing and design. Above you find two short videos to introduce this relationship between digital and analog tools. The watercolor techniques, shown in the video workflow, are further explained in lessons, live sessions and workshops during the teaching activity in digital painting and post production of the image.

Collection of hand drawings and mixed media along the Tevere of Rome

UNDER the bridge

This series of drawings shows the Lungotevere of Rome and the buildings along the Muraglioni. Some of them are made through pencils or black ink, other ones in watercolor, handmade and partially colored with mixed techniques in digital.