Thursday, 27 September 2018

Recruitment, or how to neutralize a Jedi

Last year I created the infographic: "Recruitment, we have a problem". Initially I drafted a story, but then I abandoned the project for a more serious infographic...

More than one year later the story still wanted to be written, and it's now online.

Francesca Mancuso - Comics - How to neutralize a Jedi

You can read it in my comics website.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

My illustration was safely delivered to Sendai Literature Museum, Japan. ♥

Since I haven't yet found the courage and the finances to do the trip of a lifetime to a country I have been dreaming of for 20+ years, I am very happy to know that at least my fan art will be part of the exhibition for the 40th anniversary of ガラスの仮面, "The Glass Mask".

This time last year a short interview to me about my fan site was published on Japanese magazine AERA. ♥

The illustration I sent:

Francesca Mancuso - ガラスの仮面 illustration for Sendai Literature Museum

Sendai Literture Museum's tweet

Sendai Literature Museum's tweet

Sendai Literature Museum on Twitter

Monday, 18 June 2018

Everything in Moderation

A guest page for a comic book by David Robertson of Fred Egg Comics.

Written by David Robertson, illustrated by me.

You can read it online in my comics site: Everything in moderation

Thursday, 22 March 2018

History Sketchbok

While I was studying for the Life in the UK test, I needed to help my poor memory with a lot of visual tricks and some sense of humour. Also I became more and more interested in the history of the country I've been living in for 12 years... So I started this History Sketchbook Project. It is a very relaxed project, but I am enjoying it massively when I spend some time on it.

Henry VII
Sir Dudley
Mary Stuart

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Upcycled craft

Happy new year to my lovely followers!

Health and bureaucracy are keeping me busy... But from time to time, my constant and desperate need to create something comes back.

Once again, my creativity materialised into an owl, and needed only some scrap material. Fabric offcuts and spare buttons, you can make so much with them! :)

I wish I had listened to my very skilled mum and learn how to sew when I was a child... Now if I could afford any extra expenses, I would really enjoy going to (and greatly benefit from) some classes! Anyway, I am happy my inferiority complexes did not stop me from starting with this little project - and completing it!

Francesca Mancuso - upcycled handsewn felt owl

Monday, 4 December 2017

My appearance in Outlander Series 3, Episode 12 "The Bakra"

Today on Amazon Prime the next to last episode of the 3rd series of Outlander has been released... And in it, the so much awaited scene of the Governor's Ball!

It is certainly an important part of the story... But for me it has a special meaning. In fact, it is the only scene where I was lucky enough to be chosen as a background artist (aka extra).

It was one of the best experiences of my life... Like living in a dream, even if for just a few days! Everything and everyone was so beautiful. I will never forget it.

You can see me behind Claire and John Grey, I am wearing a beautiful dark green dress with white lace cleavage and there is a white feather in my hair :)

Outlander 3.12 - The Governor's Ball

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Inktober 2017 - ガラスの仮面

This year I forced myself to take part to the Inktober challenge, and I am so happy I did!

It's the third time I have done it, and the third time I have successfully completed it.

This year I chose to follow the official prompt list, but with a twist: it had to be in art nouveau style and contain Glass no Kamen characters or scenes. This made it more challenging but also more rewarding.

I enjoyed every minute. And Glass no Kamen fans enjoyed it too... I hope :)

I collected all my 32 illustrations in my old, dated and so much loved Maya no Garasu no Kamen fan site.

If you don't know what Inktober is, please have a look at the Official website for the Inktober challenge.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Glass no Kamen fansite mentioned on Japanese magazine AERA!

An article mentioning me and my website dedicated to the manga "Glass no Kamen" in 28 August 2017 issue of Japanese magazine AERA.

Maya no Garasu no Kamen

Those who know me well know how important that website has been for me as it gave me a reason to learn how to make websites (which became my job for many years) and also made me meet a lot of great people (one of which convinced me to move to London!).

It's an old, dated site and hasn't been updated for a while but it used to be well known among the international fandom and even to the author of the manga, Mrs Suzue Miuchi.

It's a massive honour to be mentioned as a big fan. I am so grateful to those who made it happen.

In a few occasions I wanted to close it down because of some nasty fans, but I am glad I did not.

I badly need to find some collaborators as I am determined to work on it again and update it.

AERA magazine - Glass no Kamen article

Friday, 16 June 2017

Book Week Scotland 2017

Every year the Scottish Book Trust creates a public participation campaign for Book Week Scotland.

This year's topic was "Nourish".

My entry is a short piece about eating disorders and healing.

You're welcome.

You can read it here: Letter to the Past