HomeDesignCrossfit Characters Italian Cartoonist Etches Out a Geometric, Retro World of Muscle Men & Women The race to summer is officially on, and if you haven’t already started working on that beach-body yet, here are some more illustrations to spur you on. We recently spoke to Justyna Szczepankiewicz about her cute and inspirational Almost Naked Sporty Chubbies. Not wanting to leave out our manly followers, we caught up with Italy-based artist and illustrator, Ale Giorgini about his masculine, yet stylistic illustrations for a Crossfit Gym in Castelfranco, (Treviso – Italy), commissioned by Otium Agency. The illustrations used in the décor, stationary, and merchandise of the gym, features simple yet stylistic characters, lifting weights, flexing their muscles, and even a doing spot of graceful gymnastics. Crossfit characters on the walls of the gym: Crossfit Characters in Print: Crossfit Castle Merchandise: Ale has worked for a range of brands including Foot Locker, MTV, Warner Bros and Vibe Magazine. We caught up with him to find out more about his work: The Plus: What was the process behind developing these characters? Ale Giorgini: I like to put some stories behind my illustrations: such as the two lovers watching themselves while training on rings. Or like the lazy dog that hides behind the front desk, sleeping with a weight. My dog has a little toy that looks like a weight. Whilst I was working on this, she was always under my desk sleeping and hugging those toys. I decided to put something of “mine” on the illustration. TP: What are your initial creative processes when working on a project? AG: I just start with a sketch with pencil on paper. I need to fix all lines and shapes. There isn’t any software that can take the place of pencils and paper. When I’m satisfied with the sketch, then I start to work digitally. TP: Where do you go for inspiration? AG: I just stay inside my mind. Actually I don’t believe in inspiration, it doesn’t exist. All comes from a lot of hard work, and days spent developing your own voice. TP: What are you working on now/next? AG: A few different commissions, and the next big project I can talk about will be an illustrated book version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It will be a huge challenge! TP: What do you do to keep fit – any sports? AG: Nope I’m really lazy on that front. I don’t work out. When I have some spare time I love to cook. I’m vegan and that’s my work out, haha!