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Gianmarco Magnani illustration: Silence Television
April 2, 2011 10:49 AM   Subscribe

Gianmarco Magnani draws girls, guitars and motorcycles.
posted by Tom-B (25 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
While I don't care about motorcycles, I do like girls and guitars. And I do like the clean graphic style he uses.

But why doesn't he draw heads or faces on any of the girls? The more I think about it, the less I enjoy these.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:54 AM on April 2, 2011


I want to give those motorcycle girls a sandwich. They appear to be wasting away.
posted by found missing at 11:04 AM on April 2, 2011


that first illustration of the back of the precision bass headstock is rather striking. takes me back to being a teenager spending entire afternoons alone with my own p-bass.

girls could use a sandwich though.
posted by triceryclops at 11:14 AM on April 2, 2011


Gianmarco Salami draws girls, guitars and sandwiches.
posted by pracowity at 11:21 AM on April 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Interesting how these are shot, cropped, foreshortened, limited depth of field, and so on. Lets you get the gist of it, and get an idea of the quality, but prevents people from just taking screen caps, but without being obnoxious about it. Clever.
posted by smcameron at 11:33 AM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is relevant to my interests, but I also noticed and was put off by the facelessness of the girls.
posted by killdevil at 11:42 AM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


@smcameron, under the about section, i think, there's downloads for your desktop or mobile which makes many of the images available. the photography is more to make the prints bigger than life, i think. and it works.
posted by noway at 11:43 AM on April 2, 2011


What keeps me from grabbing screen caps is that these strike me as relatively derivative and unremarkable.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:53 AM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love an inker who isn't afraid of big-ass pools of black.
posted by Decimask at 12:08 PM on April 2, 2011


To explain beyond a mere snarky comment, to me these images look static rather than dynamic, and add nothing to subject matter that's been done before. And yeah, the facelessness is a little creepy and objectifying. 'Course, he's pretty much blatantly objectifying the guitars and motorcycles, so why not the girls as well....
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:08 PM on April 2, 2011


Remind me a bit of Akira, Phonogram and Scott Pilgrim but still not that great.
When I first moved out of home a friend painted me a massive canvas of a few local female musicians. Kinda objectified, but not blatantly so. Sometimes I feel like I should be vaguely embarrassed but it's too big to move.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:36 PM on April 2, 2011


Kind of reminds of a less visceral Jeff Darrow or maybe a modern Nagel for hipsters. I'd be more impressed if the guitars were drawn at any angle besides dead on and if the people actually looked like they were playing them. The headless fetish object thing is pretty creepy, even Nagel bothered to give his women faces (admittedly they were mostly the same and his work is basically soft porn pretending to be something better). I like the line work and he appears to be a good draftsmen but if the big empty spaces that are hiding behind the minimal aesthetic are sins of omission rather than choice, then he's not quite as good as he's pretending to be.
posted by doctor_negative at 12:52 PM on April 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Eh, I liked it.
posted by delmoi at 1:19 PM on April 2, 2011


I like too. I don't feel like the girls are being objectified -- at least not sexually (as my boyfriend put it, they're more design objects, which is maybe kind of weird, but different -- this isn't about the male gaze). I like you can't see their faces, personally. It gives them some mystery.

I see these more as examples of graphic design than art (not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive, of course). They're pretty striking, even if the aesthetic isn't necessarily the most original.
posted by darksong at 1:40 PM on April 2, 2011


Nagel for hipsters

Please let this never become a thing.
posted by mykescipark at 1:55 PM on April 2, 2011


They don't seem to be fretting real chords, which makes them feel like Hot Girl With a Guitar But Who Doesn't Actually Know How To Play But Who Cares Hey Lookit Me I'm Hot And Playing Guitar.
posted by LordSludge at 2:06 PM on April 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I want to give those motorcycle girls a sandwich. They appear to be wasting away.

But they're drawings and not real people. How would you feed them a sandwich? And if they were real people, that would be an offensive thing to say to a woman because their bodies are not yours to dictate what you think they should look like.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:14 PM on April 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


If they were real people I wouldn't say anything offensive to them.

I'd just give them a sandwich.
posted by found missing at 2:19 PM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Style is very much like Han Hoogerbrugge...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 2:40 PM on April 2, 2011


"I want to give those motorcycle girls a sandwich. They appear to be wasting away."

But they're drawings and not real people.


Then give 'em a drawing of a sandwich.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:15 PM on April 2, 2011


And if they were real people, that would be an offensive thing to say to a woman ....

If they were real people, they'd have faces.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:20 PM on April 2, 2011


Despite what has become the standard-issue Metafilter comment derail into topics that are becoming fetishized on this site, I rather enjoyed the post and the artwork. Thanks for sharing this.
posted by quadog at 3:32 PM on April 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nice. I was going to say how non-sexual the women are, more aesthetic than arousing, but I guess I missed the whole headless thing which apparently a lot you get off on.
posted by signal at 7:09 AM on April 3, 2011


Hmmm, maybe there's a divide in the way people view these.

I like the aesthetic here -- very clean, very crisp, . But unlike signal, I found this, this, and this to be somewhat sexual, and a little arousing. And that's the point where I notice the lack of eyes. Which I found a little off-putting.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:12 AM on April 3, 2011


About the cropped eyes / face, I think it's just to make them look like fashion photography.

Aping trends.

Damn hipsters get off my lawn! :-)
posted by Tom-B at 11:28 AM on April 3, 2011


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