Why did you pick this picture?
I picked this picture because it allowed me to match a giant of world’s literature, Dante Alighieri, to a little frog character that I’ve been drawing for some years. I have always desired to draw Dante’s Inferno, and I love the apocalyptic environments that he describes.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
It was part of a project for a local bookshop, about famous authors. Dante couldn’t be missing. I chose to represent a passage that could give a nice view of the Inferno and the damned (the so called “Malebolge” in Canto XVIII). Then I tried to be as faithful as possible to the text: Dante and his guide Virgil are walking on the cliff and they see the circles below, with the damned persecuted by the devils. I also added a quotation from Dante about the citizens of Genoa, my hometown, because it’s where these postcards were being sold. Here’s a translation: “Ah, Genoese! Ye men at variance / With every virtue, full of every vice / Wherefore are ye not scattered from the world?”.
What does this art mean to you?
It probably means to me “you can draw whatever you want, in your own way”.
What can you tell us about yourself?
My name’s Giacomo Bonino, but I’ve always signed my drawings with my nickname Duddu. I’m an illustrator from Genova, Italy. Actually I’m also an archaeologist, since I got a master’s degree in Archaeology in Pisa, but what I really love to do is drawing.
What more can you tell us about your art?
My art is quite spontaneous. I like to represent funny situations that allow me to see the reality in a different way. Often reality and imagination are mixed, but I always start from the observation of something around me: a fact, a person, a situation that makes me curious. Apart from the frogs, I like to portray friends and people I know, in places that mean something to them, and see what the fantasy suggests to me. I always like to put a bit of humour, and to include in a drawing as many small details as possible, so that the more an observer is close to me the more he will be able to find out.
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