Chico Baldini

If you look close enough, Instagram isn't just pictures of what your friends had for breakfast. By Chloe Dinga. Recently we discovered the Brazilian artist Chico Baldini while in the midst of some standard operation Instagram stalking. We follow this fantastic account @instagrafite which is self-described as "The biggest virtual street art gallery." They feature the best of the best of street art from around the world, and it was here that we first saw the brightly colored, quirky style of Chico Baldini (image to the left.) We dug a bit deeper and found more of his work on his site Diários Visuais where he posts his recent projects -- both straight from the moleskin sketch book and professional commissions, like the work he just did for Way Model. He was brought in to revamp the model cards; he took the editorial shots of the pretty boys and girls then added his energetic, fantastical illustrations to the background. His drawings are simple and bring in a youthful, almost childlike element while still remaining quite grown up. He describes his work as the "bubbly motions" of his visual thoughts. There is a magical element at play in his unique, eclectic style; the most obvious example of this being his frequent human/animal amalgamations -- without Chico a rooster could never give you a thumbs up. Chico studied at both the Art Institute of UFRGS as well as Parsons and has since pursued a career of design, illustration and multimedia. All of these skills serve fantastic purpose with W3Haus, an agency that Chico co-founded to create a "union of people ready to do what does not yet exist." Creative, Media, Innovation and Content are the four pillars of W3Haus. It's a little tricky to find information on the company though as everything is in Portugese, but from the looks of it they're involved in some pretty dope projects. Now back to Chico. You've got to check out his Instagram @chicobaldini to see all the sketches he posts and because he frequently asks his followers to tell him what to draw, so get creative and get yourself an original! Favorites below. [caption id="attachment_11048" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Way Model: Lea T's Baldini model card"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11049" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Way Model: Joao Espires model card"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11043" align="aligncenter" width="523" caption="see? told you."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11050" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Way Model: Bruce Machado model card"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11046" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="tell Chico what YOU want! @chicobaldini"][/caption]