Balbusso Twins
Never gonna give you up (music and pain)


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
The topic: the relationship between music and pain. Our images accompanies the article "Never gonna give you up" As Sophie Ratcliffe faced the death of her father, syncopated pop and clockwork smiles became the soundtrack of her teenage years. 1843 The Economist Magazine.

How was the illustration used:
1843 The Economist Magazine UK

How did you make this work:

Commissioner Name :
Gary Cochran
Commissioner Company :
The Economist UK

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Currently Based:
Milan, Italy

Anna and Elena Balbusso twins are an internationally recognised team of Italian artists. Their work has been published by major international publishers and companies through out the world. Together they have illustrated over 40 books including the award-winning Folio Society edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Their clients include Reader's Digest Magazine, The Economist, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The NYT Book Review and many other publications and media. They received more than 80 international awards, including Gold and Silver medals of the New York Society of Illustrators, the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards Best Book UK, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators’ Joseph Morgan Henninger Award.