Prehistoric and forgotten cities…

Illustrating a children’s book by the Italian writer Guido Quarzo.

Cover illustration Forgotten Cities

Vergeten Steden (Forgotten Cities) by the Italian Writer Guido Quarzo is inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. A brilliant book where Calvino lets his Marco Polo conjure up magical cities and magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. In these imaginative prehistoric cities that Guido Quarzo invents, he tells us how things might have been, and maybe how they are…

These illustrations needed a bit of the Lascaux-cave-painting-feeling. To get the right atmosphere I used a non-toxic etching methode. I really enjoyed making them. Mostly I work with computers but it was great to get my hands (and all that stood in my path) dirty again.

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