This Artist Doodles All Over His Holiday Snaps With Fascinating Results

Italian illustrator and product developer, Luciano Cina, spends his days developing clothing for sports teams. However, the Eco-Design graduate spends his spare time adding illustration to images for his Instagram series: #morethanapics. The zany project came about when Luciano decided to add a little extra imagination to his holiday photos.

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Toying with reality, Luciano experiements with humour, subtlelty and environment to breathe, or draw, new life into the places he has visited. The art world equivalent to beer goggles, despite seeing that difference between reality and illustration, we cannot help but take in the picture as a whole.

The photos themselves don’t particularly stand-out alone, they are standard holiday snaps: we wouldn’t be able to pick them out of a pile of our holiday pictures. Yet the humourous, and at times ghostly, doodles reinvent the image and help to make it something completely unique.

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Luciano’s project is a brilliant life lesson for us all: don’t accept what you see, change the world to your own specifications. We spoke to the witty artist about the series and the process behind it.

The Plus: What inspired you to start this series?
Luciano Cina:
I started by drawing an airplane in the clouds. I was ready to move to Turin. I think the excitement of a new life, the worries of not knowing what I would find. A mix of emotions that has led me to add a draw to a picture. #MoreThanAPics means just that: Add more meaning.

TP: How do you choose which background images to use?
LC:
The randomness. Often the informations that passes under their feet and we are distracted. I like to take pictures that can serve as links to my fantasy world. I love the little things, the details. I like to observe all that may seem trivial

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TP: What is the creative process once you have chosen the background image?
LC:
After shooting the pictures, I add filters to make it a little darker. I draw with white so I need a background with dark tone.
To draw I use an Ipad and only my fingers. No pen, no instrument between hands and the display. I always drawing with two types of lines. A smaller for details, a thicker for the outline.

TP: The series is both quirky and ghostly at times, what three words would you use to sum up this project?
LC:
It’s really hard to describe it in three words, but we want to try:
carefree, playful, instinctive.

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TP: Do you prefer working with images of people or places, and why?
LC:
I prefer to work with a places because it is more larger, there are more spaces for my illustrations :)
Now I trying to create something with people because I meet more new friends and I think it is a good way to say thanks to our meet.

TP: What other projects are you currently working on?
LC:
I’m trying to create something with the main buildings of the city That I visit.
It might be interesting to enclose everything in a small book, stay tuned :)

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