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Stunning illustrations in a moleskin notebook by Marco Mazzoni

What Marco Mazzoni can do with coloured pencils on a moleskine sketchbook is pretty amazing. The Modenese artist has a taste for delicate, very detailed renders and intricate compositions of small animals and mystical women. In his women portrait series, he chooses not to paint the eyes, which he sees as a distraction, thus infusing an hypnotical and mysterious atmosphere to his work. Blending mystical Italian folklore, medicinal flora and symbolic fauna with delicate femininity, he creates ghostly characters and images that are full of hidden meaning.

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About the author

Nicola Smanio is an animator and illustrator living in Stockholm. Growing up in fair Verona, he realized at an early age that he liked drawing, mostly characters from comic books at the time. After studying design in Milano, he set off for Sweden to work in the web design business. After a few years of glossy buttons and scroll bars he decided that he wanted to do something fun instead, possibly involving drawing, so he started with animation.

A computer geek at heart, yet not very happy about the prospect of a life spent sitting in front of a screen, he prefers to make things the analog way, be that building puppets or carving mountains out of styrofoam. When he does sit in front of a screen, he likes to share his passion for handmade things on his blog.

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