Our artwork "Grendel" (Beowulf, book, Black Cat Publishing 2013) has been selected to appear in the American Illustration 33 annual award book.
From 9,720 images entered by 1,439 illustrators, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools, the jury selected, by a majority vote or better, only 384 images to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2013.
Beowulf is an old English heroic epic poem set in Scandinavia in the 6th-century, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. c. 975–1025 (date of manuscript).
Story: The mighty warrior Beowulf offers to help the King of the Danes in a quest to kill the vicious monster Grendel and free his people from terror. After killing Grendel, Beowulf must also kill the monster’s mother before he can return to his homeland, where he eventually becomes king but...
After the historical and iconographic research we designed the monsters. Our major reference were the bestiary medieval and the work of Ulysses Aldrovandi entitled "Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium" (Bologna, 1642). Ulisse Aldrovandi (11 September 1522 – 4 May 1605) was an Italian naturalist, he is considered the founder of modern Natural History.