Jun 11, 2012

The Picture of Alan Moore

Art by Francesco Mattioli.
Alan Moore: Ritratto di uno Straordinario Gentleman (2003, Black Velvet Editrice), the Italian edition of the Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman book, didn't contain - for production reasons - some contributions included in the original volume. But it also contained a bunch of homage illustrations (printed in b&w) specifically created for the Ritratto.
This is the case of the gorgeous piece shown above, drawn by FRANCESCO MATTIOLI, presented here (for the first time) in colours with the author's permission.

The illustration also pays an overt homage to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray with a touch of Lovecraftian horror.

Francesco Mattioli was born in Bologna, in 1973. As a child, he always loved drawing, his favourite subjects were bugs, starships and maps. At 18 year old, he attended the school of comics "La Nuova Eloisa" in Bologna, and soon after he began his career as an illustrator of educational videogames, comic books, children books and boardgames. He worked for Salani, Mondadori, Giunti, Nord-Sud, San Paolo and many other publishers. 
At the moment his favourite subjects are bugs, starships and maps.
[bibliographic info from F.lli Mattioli's site]


  1. Absolutely gorgeous indeed!!!!! This is my beautiful new wallpaper.

    Thank you!! ;)

  2. Thanks Embryagados! All credits goes to Francesco Mattioli! :)