Anna & Elena Balbusso
In our work there is a clear reference to artists and paintings. The Italian art plays a key role in our work, it is an important source of inspiration but not the only. Every project is different, we do not work in series.There is not a specific art period but art in general, from Ancient Rome mural painting (frescoes at Pompeii), Italian Renaissance, Romanticism (prelude of modern art) Modern Art (symbolism, surrealism, Russian constructivism, Italian Futurism) and Contemporary Art. We use mixed media, traditional methods (acrylic, gouache, pencil, pen) were combined with digital programs, however we do not use the virtual paint brushes instead relying on doing all our brush stroke by hand with black gouache on paper. We work in many fields of communication with different styles: graphic style and painterly style.
Winner image selected from Society of Illustrators 58 New York Annual Competition 2016. Cover art for Angela Slatter’s Of Sorrow and Such, a dark fantasy novella published by Tor Books. Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda's Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word-Gideon has been good to them, and it's always better to keep on her good side. Just in case. Gideon is captured, bound for torture and a fiery end.
2015 BEST OF SHOW JOSEPH MORGAN HENNINGER AWARD SILA 53rd Illustration West. Selected Society of Illustrators 57 New York Annual Competition 2015. This artwork accompanies the dark fantasy novella “Among the Thorns” by Veronica Schanoes, published on Tor.com, 2014.
2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE COMMUNICATION ARTS ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL. Winner image selected from Society of Illustrators 58 New York Annual Competition 2016. Our artwork accompanies the true story "House on fire" by Hollye Dexter for Reader's Digest Magazine, November issue 2015. My House Burned Down, and Here’s What It Taught Me: One Mother’s Heart-Pounding True Story.
This artwork accompanies the dark fantasy novella: "Burning Girls" written by Veronica Schanoes. Our artwork represents a final episode of the story. It is a clear reference to the The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three; it was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in the history of the city of New York. The story tells about a Jewish girl growing up in an increasingly hostile environment in Poland in the late nineteenth century. She is forced to emigrate to the United States in search of work.
2014 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE COMMUNICATION ARTS ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL The Image accompanies the article written by Meghan O’Rourke “Personal history by Meghan O’Rourke. Living with an autoimmune disease”. “Soon I could no longer write or read: focusing my eyes and my mind was impossible”. We imagined the symptoms of the autoimmune disease as a network of branches within the body.
Image for Middlebury Magazine to accompany “Modern Love” by Leah Fessler, an in depth exploration of the desire for emotional commitment amidst the hook-up culture of college life.
Image for Scrubs Magazine to accompany “Occupational hazards: Burnout. Compassion fatigue. Moral distress”. The article explores the causes and effects of nursing's most formidable occupational hazards.
Winner image selected from Society of Illustrators 58 New York Annual Competition 2016.
Winner image selected from Society of Illustrators 57 New York Annual Competition 2015. Book review "The Kept" by James Schott. Article "Mother's sins" by Regan Eberhart, Middlebury Magazine 2014
2013 GOLD MEDAL SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS NEW YORK- AWARD OF EXCELLENCE COMMUNICATION ARTS ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE...and other honors Image from the book "Eugene Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin, The Folio Society 2012
Winner image selected from Society of Illustrators 58 New York Annual Competition 2016. Cover art for the book “Richard II” by Laura Ashe. Our personal artistic interpretation of the portrait of the Richard II King. The title is part of the "Penguin Monarchs", series of books about Britain’s kings and queens. It is the ambitious new publishing project from Penguin, which will see 45 titles. Each book is written by a contemporary historian.