Daniel Converio
The joy after top surgery


Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
The feeling of having the sun and breeze hit your chest for the first time in years after having gone through gender reassignment surgery: fear and courage accompanying finally owning and embracing one’s visibly trans body on a public beach. 'The joy after top surgery' is a response to the many upsetting news regarding trans people that have made it to the headlines this past year.

How was the illustration used:
Made for Instagram's trans community.

How did you make this work:
1. Created a number of small thumbnails, roughly representing the mood and subject. 2. Polished one of them 3. Collected references and jotted down anatomy studies to define the pose 4. Assembled the studies together in Photoshop, settled on a composition 5. Laid down the flat colors 6. Added textures 7. Finishing touches

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Falmouth University
BA (Hons) Illustration
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Currently Based:
United Kingdom

Daniel Converio is a freelance illustrator from Rome and recent graduate of Falmouth University's Illustration bA. He mainly works on music related projects and political editorials, as well as a 2D & 3D animation generalist. Selected by both the AOI and D&AD as one of their 2021 illustration graduates to watch, his clients include D&AD, BBC Southwest, NHS, WWF Italia and Bologna’s LGBT+ Center.