This artwork titled "Arcite's death" accompanies The Knight's Tale. March 2014. The first tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, illustrated book published by Black Cat Publishing in 2014. The story tells of two knights from Thebes who fall in love with the same woman, a princess of Athens named Emily. The Canterbury Tales original is a collection of over 20 stories. In this retelling of five of the stories in modern English published by Black Cat, Chaucer’s pilgrims entertain us with tales of knights and ruffians, desperate lovers, resourceful women, talking animals… and more. We contributed with 11 illustrations. We used mixed media, traditional methods and tools (pen, pencil, black gouache, paper) were combined with digital programs, however our visible brush strokes are handmade, not digital.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Black Cat Publishing (De Agostini Group)
Anna and Elena Balbusso
Shannon Associates LLC New York
Cover for the illustrated book "The Queen of Spades and Other Stories" by Alexander Pushkin. September 2014. The portrait represents a 1700s lady inspired from the young countess, a personage so extraordinary in the "The Queen of Spades" short story in which Pushkin explores the nature of obsession. The lady's hair is decorated with symbols of playing cards (spades). We used mixed media, traditional methods and tools (pen, pencil, black gouache) were combined with digital programs. This new 2014 edition published by The Folio Society contains a collection of the most celebrated and influential prose that Pushkin wrote between 1831-1837. We contributed with the cover design and 7 colour illustrations full page.
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories" by Alexander Pushkin, The Folio Society