About me

Fantasmary (M. Rosaria Monticelli) is an Italian fantasy illustrator.

She followed scientific studies, but fell quickly in love with humanistic subjects: her formation is now an odd mixture of literature, astronomy, philosophy, chemistry, and languages.

She started to draw later in life: her first attempts, at 12, were all but promising; but with practise and commitment she could improve from the occasional killtime doodle to something that could be defined illustration. She has always been fond of the traditional “fantasy” imagery, so she threw herself  head-first among knights and sorcerers. Movies, videogames and roleplay games led her deeper and deeper into the western fantasy imagery.

Painted the cover for Gamidia by Christopher Legrady
Managed the complete graphical work (maps, character sheet, logo, illustrations…) for the RPG Duàt – I Nove Archi, winner of the Tambù Quickstart Award 2022.

Published her first illustrated antology of short stories Asce, Ombre e Magia
Partecipated to the Treviglio in Gioco 2021 fantasy art exhibition
Illustrated Room 54 videogame cover and ending screens
Won Games Academy and Lucca C&G contest Draw Your Dragon

Won the “Brancalonia” illustration contest held by Acheron Books
Drew the map for “Gli Sterminatori” published by Fucine Editoriali
Contributed to “Mitologika – Le Leggende dei Veda” collection by Casa Ailus
Contributed to “Le Creature di Mitologika – Draghi” collection by Casa Ailus
Won the “Tolkien Illustration” contest held by Compagnia de’ Viaggiatori in Arme

Joined the Casa Ailus collective
Painted the map for “Potterland” event by La Fortezza Fantasy Events
Drew the map for “La Pace su Ekeroth” novel published by Casta Editore
Collaborated with “Futurevo” magazine publishing
Illustrated “SCP Informazione Riservata” RPG

Won the “Tolkien Illustration” contest held by Compagnia de’ Viaggiatori in Arme

Graduated from Scuola Internazionale di Comics, Illustration course