Illustrated Tapes 088: Goodfuckingbye

Curated by Vanessa Farano
14.12.20

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Vanessa is a creative womxn, freelance designer and illustrator from Terracina, Italy, now based in Roma Caput Mundi since 2016.

Ciao, Vanessa. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

My mixtape is something you can listen to almost any time for an instant boost of energy, whether you're working alone on the computer, at the skatepark with friends, or even just walking and humming your way to the supermarket. They are also my comfort songs from bands that I really love!

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

For the creation of my cover I focused a lot on the mood and the feelings I wanted to express, unfortunately with the pandemic situation in combo with some personal issues I had a bit of difficulty in being able to understand which direction to take.

I started by writing some concept words and some sketches on paper, then I searched for some photo references and made the girl on the rollerskates in Illustrator (my favorite program ever). The background instead was done on Blender and modified in Photoshop, at the end I added other vector elements and shapes to create multiple 2D/3D layers.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

It was very difficult to choose because I really appreciate a lot of things, so I looked for examples of artwork from good bands that impressed me for different reasons. Obviously the music rocks.

Everything Sucks – Descendents
1996, Epitaph
Artwork: Chris Shary

Neko to Allergie (猫とアレルギー) – Kinoko Teikoku
2015, EMI


“FU”Waax (taken from Big Grief)
2019, Dew Process
Artwork: Cristina Daura


Some lovely animated videos:



What did you listen to growing up?

When I was really little I didn't listen to much music, apart from the Spice Girls and a few Aqua songs (oops).

Growing up, thanks above all to having a brother who was almost the same age, I started listening to a lot of Italian/American/French rap, great classics like The Doors, Led Zeppelin etc, and also a lot of metal - and here we have to thank the teenager neighbor who passed us some Iron Maiden CDs.

But I’ve always enjoyed different musical genres, soon discovering K-pop and also Italian music from the 50s and 60s.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

I was thinking about how to answer this question but the truth is that it really depends on how I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I open my eyes and I already have a song in my head, a sort of personal radio of my brain, which decides the mood of the whole day.

I listen to punk and similar a lot, other times rap (or even trap, sob), but also lo-fi or oriental music.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

After finishing a work commitment that lasted seven months, I'm looking for new commissions.

While searching and waiting, what I want is to go back to drawing more, especially studying Blender to explore the marriage between 2d and 3d illustrations together.

I’m also curating the branding and social media images of a new handcrafted jewellery brand owned by a beloved friend of mine.

I’m always looking for new collaborations too so feel free to get in touch!

Where can we find you?

Almost everywhere.
Instagram / Behance / Dribbble

Thanks, Vanessa!
Mark