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Alessandro Paglia is an artist who lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Alessandro explains the work by saying, “The technique I use is simple yet quite laborious: I draw the subject with the pen, many pens for each illustration actually, by superimposing a layer of chaotic lines on top of another, until I get the right nuances in even the smallest details. My process is quite simple: I choose the subject, I arrange it in a photographic studio, I shoot a few tens of photographs to get the perfect one in terms of composition, contrasts, lights and shadows. At that point, I meticulously reproduce it with technical black ink pen on rough grain paper. Each illustration can require from 50 up to 250 hours of work. Normally I do not just reproduce an object as it is, but with simple interventions such as a special coating, a deformation, the combination with other objects I want to get a surprise, a “twist” on the story that the object recounts.”