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Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Kept, Middlebury Magazine. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Kept, Middlebury Magazine. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

Italian Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso are twin sisters born in a small town of Udine, Italy. Their interest in art started at an early age, they remember themselves drawing at the age of three. Having finished art school and high school in their home town, the sisters entered the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In the 1990s, they became members ofy the Italian Illustrators Association. Since 1998 they have been working as a team doing freelance illustration with the unique signature ANNA+ELENA=BALBUSSO. The artwork of freelance illustrators Anna and Elena was featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and has been exhibited in numerous art exhibitions and galleries in Italy, France, U.S., UK, Canada, Republic of Korea.

Among the Thorns, Tor Books. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

Among the Thorns, Tor Books. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso have been awarded Gold Medals (2011-2013) by the Society of Illustrators NYC, two Silver Medals by Magazine Annual Illustration 2010-2012. In 2013 They have been named the Winners of the V&A Illustration Awards for best book by The Victorian and Albert Museum (London UK) for “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin (Folio Society, 2012).

'Burning Girls' by Veronica Schanoes. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

‘Burning Girls’ by Veronica Schanoes. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

Anna and Elena are digital artists combining traditional pencil drawing with further Photoshop processing. First each picture element is painted separately (background, characters and objects) with black gouache and pencil on paper, then they digitize them and use Photoshop to color the image. The coloring process is very complex and has been developed after many years of experience.

The New York Times Book Review. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The New York Times Book Review. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The sources of inspiration for the Italian duo of artists Anna and Elena are in painting, sculpture. Before starting any art project, they do the research, create an archive of sources, studying the history of art. Their work is influenced by Surrealism, Symbolism, Russian Constructivism, Futurism.

The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo. Illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso

“For us, the color is a key element in every project. Each project contains in itself its own color. We think that the color is part of the personality of the individual artist and it cannot be dictated by an outside person”.

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

Hild (cover) by Nicola Griffith

Hild (cover) by Nicola Griffith

Illustrated book 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, closeup

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, closeup

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book 'The Queen of Spades and Other Stories' by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Illustrated book ‘The Queen of Spades and Other Stories’ by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

Le Horla by G. De Maupassant

'Little Knife' by Leigh Bardugo

‘Little Knife’ by Leigh Bardugo

'Little Knife' by Leigh Bardugo

‘Little Knife’ by Leigh Bardugo

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