Do you know your spirit animal? Italian artist Alfred Basha draws majestic beasts merged with parts of human anatomy, illustrating our innate connection to nature. Rendered using a fine liner in black ink, each intricate pen drawing not only showcases the self-taught artist’s talent, but his exceptional imagination.
Basha’s surreal depictions of nature include animal silhouettes filled with forest scenes and beastly figures shaped with winding branches. While some of his artwork merges animals with their natural environment, others illustrate the human kinship with the natural world. In Basha’s latest works, he draws the human skeleton inside the body of a tiger, a wolf, and a deer, illustrating the interconnected concept of spirit animals—the wild, animalistic essence that lives inside each of us—and how humans are as much a part of nature as it is a part of us.
Each of Basha’s intricate illustrations captures the raw, fierce character of his animal subjects. “Nature has a main role in my projects, especially animals because I like to represent their feelings,” explains Basha. “ As you can see in my illustrations, I prefer wild animals because they are out of human control….I like to represent them in their habitat to give strength to their primordial expressivity.”
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Italian artist Alfred Basha draws majestic beasts merged with parts of human anatomy, illustrating our innate connection to nature.
His work illustrates the concept of spirit animals and humanity's ties to wildlife.
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