Friday, 26 August 2016

My father's comets

It's been a while, but I moved and I'm looking for a job so I am justified :)

However, there is a beautiful short story for you to read.

My friend Elisabet wrote a beautiful dialogue which touched my heart.

I could not resist... So I illustrated it.

Enjoy!

My father's comets

Monday, 11 January 2016

My Facebook Page

Hello world and happy new year again!

Finally I got around to creating my Facebook Page, in order to share my artwork more easily in Facebook Groups.

Enjoy!

Francesca Mancuso - Artist - Facebook Page

You're very welcome :)

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy new year!

Goodbye 2015. You haven't been a great year but it could have been worse. I had worse years and most important thing, gazillions of people had it much worse.

I spent a way too long time in a toxic working environment and my health has been badly affected. Looking at the bright side though, I spent more time drawing than the previous years and this helped me a lot. I love drawing more than everything else, except the outdoors maybe. So even if I was not well enough to spend a lot of time outdoors, I did manage to feel better with more creative time.

I'm also very grateful to life because once again I am able to spend the Christmas holidays in my home town with my parents and siblings, who are always there for me and who really care! I love them!

Creative achievements of 2015 I am most proud of:

New Year's Resolution

  • Taking more care of myself, especially avoiding people and situations which do me no good.
  • Working on my self esteem. Nobody else can help me with that.
  • Improving my stress management skills. Good luck to myself.
  • Being responsible for my happiness and not giving away my power to anyone!

A bit ambitious I know. Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars!

Sentiero della Salvia, sunset. January 1st 2016.

Sunset from Sentiero della Salvia, Trieste, Italy. January 1st 2016.

Best wishes to all of you. May this year bring hope, health, happiness and love.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thank you

Recently I was told that my original artwork will be sent as a reward to a very generous Japanese supporter of the successful Art Aid Nepal. They pledged £100 or more!

I am so grateful to this person, it means a lot to me!

Not a single friend of mine eventually contributed to this project which was so important for me, not even with the minimum offer of £5... In spite of my constant reminders... They gave me a lot of "likes" on Facebook and some of them even shared my posts, but nobody gave a penny. And this person, without a word, made such a generous donation.

I put a lot of love in my illustration. I hope this wonderful human being who is going to get my artwork will receive all that love.

For everybody else who decided to ignore, their loss. They could have been part of something beautiful!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Inktober 2015

Mission accomplished!

It has been one of the most rewarding creative experiences in my life!

I chose owls, because they are my favourite birds.

I love humour, so I tried to make it funny playing with words.

I laughed at my own jokes, but that is not necessarily a good sign... However, a received a lot of positive and encouraging feedback!

Most important, I enjoyed every single minute I spent drawing.

You can see the result of 1 month of work here:

My Inktober Gallery

You're welcome.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Another creative update :-)

I love October! It may be because of the beautiful colours of Autumn. It may be because it's my birth month. It may be because the days are getting colder and shorter and spending the evening indoors is quite appealing even for an outdooraholic like myself... For a reason or another, this is one of the most inspiring months of the year.

First off, the Art Aid Nepal project is doing quite well! There are only a few days left in case you want to donate. The first goal was to raise £2000 and this mission was accomplished. So the project is viable. The hope is to reach the second goal (£2500) but the first one was the most important. I cannot wait to receive my printed anthology!

My original artwork was offered as a Kickstarter reward for a pledge of £100 or more!

Art Aid Nepal - What does home mean to you? Original artwork by Francesca Mancuso

AMAZING UPDATE! October 20, 2015 - Successfully raised £3,299 with 109 backers! Thanks you all!

More exciting stuff... For the second year in a row I decided to take part to the global creative challenge Inktober. Like last year it's killing me with sleep deprivation but like last year I am enjoying it big times! The theme I chose for 2015 is... Owls, my favourite birds! My online audience seems to enjoy my drawings too. At the moment I am posting my daily updates on Facebook and Twitter but once the challenge is completed I will scan them all and update my illustrations portfolio Colours and Dreams.

Speaking of my Illustration Portfolio, I eventually decided to revamp the website and make it properly responsive. Yes, I am really inspired! I really wanted to change the image gallery, so I used the superawesome Fotorama. Check it out! I will update this blog when I add the Inktober 2015 images.

That's all for now! Wishing you all peace and love ♥

Monday, 28 September 2015

Art Aid Nepal

What does "Home" mean to you?

32 talented artists from multicultural background have come together to explore the concept of HOME. Their illustrations and comics fill more than 90 pages of this anthology in full vibrant colour. The proceeds from the anthology will go towards providing art workshops to children living in tented camps in Kathmandu as a result of losing their home in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015.

£1 for one child for one workshop session.

I am extremely proud of being part of this project.

Please support Art Aid Nepal on Kickstarter.com. You can buy a PDF version or a print version of the anthology, but also some original artwork, posters, and manga portrait of yourself!

You can see a low-res version of my entry in my online comics portfolio.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Little update!

Great news! Sounds like I managed to find some sort of motivation at last... Hurrah! :-)

As you can tell if you are reading this blog, the layout changed a bit...
I finally switched to the Blogger templates, even though heavily customized with as much pink and purple as possible and with my unmissable illustration on the top. I much more preferred using my own template, but I had to switch to the Blogger one so I could have some control on the mobile version as well.
Yes, I am catching up with the times :-)

I also made some improvements to Colours and Dreams, my illustrations portfolio. I decided not to redesign it completely, but I made a lot of changes to it, and most important I made it responsive! It is more usable on mobile phones now.

Geeky stuff aside... Now I can focus on inking all those pages so I can publish them online! Hopefully starting next week...

Stay tuned!

June 24th 2015 BIG Update! Mission accomplished! Now you can read my latest comics booklet: Are you seeing anyone?
Enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The "single" comics project!

So it's finally happening.

I had the idea in November 2014, after completing the Inktober challenge.

I made the New Year's resolution to start drawing it in in January but guess what, I was too busy escaping to the mountains.

I haven't been very lucky with trips recently and I am trying to fight the blues... So I have gotten round to actually doing it!

The pencils are ready. Hopefully I will ink all the pages soon-ish and publish them online.

Be prepared for about 32 pages of rants and political incorrectness ;-)

Francesca Mancuso - Comics - Are you seeing anyone?

When life gives you lemons... Draw comics!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hello again, world :-)

Yes, I took a very long break.
Yes, life can be overwhelming and time is never enough.
Yes, Social Networks are sucking up my energy (and melting my brain).

But in spite of everything I am not willing to give up my creative projects.

My deviantArt account is currently the most updated site, since it includes every greeting card I make for family and friends.

Last October I successfully completed the INKtober challenge, and all the drawings are displayed in Colours and Dreams (which I am planning to redesign as soon as possible).

I have some ideas for new comics projects as well, so stay tuned as I really want to add new content to my Comics Site.

Last but not least, I was wondering if I should close this blog, but I just could not do it. So I'll make sure I get back into the habit of updating it more often.

You're welcome! ;-)

Peace & Love