With tiny, precise pen strokes and careful cross-hatching, Italian artist Alfred Basha captures the complexity of natural life. His drawings interweave animal figures with flora and fauna. Deer antlers are transformed into trees and craggy mountain ranges rise up in the bodice of bears and foxes. He also illustrates the human heart overlaid with earthly landscape elements—flowers sprout from its valves and ships sail within its chambers.
On his website, Basha describes his subjects as “poetically transformed into mutant creatures riding towards a surrealistic space.” His work seems to suggest the subtle networks that link different living species, revealing the wild nature in all things. As for his materials, the artist cites an “old-fashioned” approach, saying that he “still believes [in] the instinctive expressiveness of an ink line” and the primordial tools of pen and paper.
All images via Alfred Basha.