Thursday, 10 January 2019

Happy new year :)

In December, just before the Christmas break, I made a postcard-sized watercolour illustration (top left in the photo).

I really liked it, and it expressed how I felt... but somehow my work wasn't complete.

After the break, I created 3 more illustrations and it became a set.

I hope you like it! Happy 2019!

Snowflakes - Postcards set by Francesca Mancuso

Monday, 12 November 2018

Inktober 2018

It took me a while to scan them all, but for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, you can now see my Inktober 2018 in my illustration website.

The theme I chose this year is "Versailles Wars", that is Star Wars characters in a XVII century Versailles setting.

It was a random idea that popped up in my mind one day in September, and I immediately said to myself: "Oh that's silly! I like it. It will be my Inktober! :)". It turned out to be quite challenging as well. I love challenges :)

It was a brave idea, as it is equally disliked by Star Wars haters, those who have never watched Star Wars and finally the Star Wars worshippers, who take this saga very seriously.

Also, being the characters so well known, it was an ambitious plan to make good portraits... I am not exactly a portraitist... I felt a bit of pressure!

Last but not least, even if I spent a lot of time researching costumes, I am sure there are mistakes, anachronisms, inaccurate details.

It was probably the least popular among my 4 Inktobers so far. And yet, the few who liked it, liked it very much. Most important, I loved every minute I spent researching and drawing each page.

So for me, it was as successful as the other ones.

Drawing is one of the very few things that make me happy.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Break The Cake - Fred Egg Comics

On more positive note, my 1-page comic drawn for David Robertson is now on paper, and I have the whole fabulous book in my hands!

I love it :) It feels really good to be part of such a great project!

Break The Cake - Fred Egg Comics Fred Egg Comics

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Happy birthday Masumi Hayami! - 速水さん, お誕生日おめでとう!

And once again my birthday greetings to Masumi Hayami were not noticed by Miuchi sensei and other followers, unlike those of the other fan artists on Twitter. I don't want to think it's personal so maybe I am just bad at drawing, but I like doing it and I will not get discouraged. I stood awake until very late at night just to draw it on time. So I'll congratulate with myself for my hard work and effort. Haha

Happy birthday Masumi Hayami!

Happy birthday Masumi Hayami! by Francesca Mancuso

Friday, 2 November 2018

Glass no Kamen Exhibition at the Sendai Literature Museum - The emotional rollercoaster

So, the Sendai Literature Museum exhibition will always held a special place in my heart, even if I didn't have a chance to be there myself.

Here's a quick update of what happened recently.

October 25th 2018

Sendai Literature Museum announces on Twitter that 10 fan art have been shortlisted and the 3 top one will receive a gift from Suzue Miuchi sensei! The 3 top one have a flower and a ribbon. My fan art is one of them! Just imagine my feelings when I saw this photo!

Sendai Literature Museum - Glass no Kamen Exhibtion - Selected fan art by Suzue Miuchi

Photo from the official Twitter account of Sendai Literature Museum.

November 2nd 2018

It's finally arrived! An autographed post card from Miuchi sensei! I'm so happy!

Suzue Miuchi autographed postcard

However, there is a bitter sweet feeling to this exciting event in my life. First of all, the more or less subtle precence of haters among the Italian but also (at least in the past) Japanese fandom. I try not to think about it, after all haters gonna hate. I also know very nice people in both groups, and that I'd better focus on them. Nobody is liked by everyone, right? I can only hope karma will take care of everything. Live and let live!

But I'm also frustrated by the fact that several hints all seem to lead to the same conclusion, that is that I was rewarded for all my hard work as a fan rather than for the fanart itself. Mind you, there were some great digital artworks at the exhibition and I am aware that my drawing didn't stand out next to them, but at the same time my fanart never gets acknowledged, liked or retweeted when I post it on Twitter, and Miuchi sensei herself congratulated to everybody else apart from me, so it's hard not to wonder why I am so invisible online now when once upon a time I was the only one with an encyclopedic English fansite... Yeah the imposter syndrome is out in full force and ruining my happiness.

Anyway, I'm overall content, and I mean to keep drawing, and focus also on other stuff than this manga. I can't afford visiting Japan or buying all the merchandise I dream of buying, so this postcard is still a special item of my collection. Yeah!

Also, I'll be endlessly grateful to Sendai Literature Museum and if one day I have a chance to be in the area, I will definitely pay a visit. The nature surrounding it seems pretty beautiful too, so what's not to like?

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Suzue Miuchi at the Glass no Kamen exhibition in Sendai

So... It finally happened! Suzue Miuchi arrived at the Sendai Literature Museum in Sendai and after an autographs session she hopefully looked at the fan art that was sent by crazy fans like me. I don't know if she was too tired to even look at them, and even less if she noticed my humble contribution, but... I am so happy and proud that I sent it anyway.

I have come to terms with the fact that I may never be able to visit Japan (sigh), and even less I am likely to meet Miuchi sensei... So this is the closest I may ever be to meeting Suzue Miuchi. I hope she felt my love for her manga, if she ever looked at my postcard :)

Suzue Miuchi at the Glass no Kamen exhibition at Sendai Literature Museum

Suzue Miuchi at the Glass no Kamen exhibition at Sendai Literature Museum, October 20th 2018. In the background, the postcards sent by fans. You can see my drawing on the second row from the top, in the panel at the very right.

Photo from Sendai Literature Museum's Twitter account

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