Italian artist Alessia Iannetti uses her wondrous talent to create an enchanting world filled with pale, mesmerizing women, forest nymphs, feathery moths, and vivid hummingbirds. Applying graphite, watercolor, colored pencils, and ink to a wooden base, the artist illustrates pieces that are so detailed that they appear to be on the border of fantasy and reality. Intricate black-and-white backgrounds add another layer to the illustrator’s work, creating a sense of tension and anticipation in each otherworldly drawing.
Inspired by mythology and horror movies, Iannetti’s illustrations take on a poetic quality, mesmerizing viewers with a narrative that unfolds beneath the surface of her wooden canvas. Each work of art contains brilliant pops of color and lavish symbols, paving the way for a sense of movement that assists her highly-detailed, gothic characters in telling their own stories. If you look closely, you can almost see the moths’ wings flutter, hearts beat, eyes blink, and the wind moving through her bewitching subject’s tousled hair.