Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Night Bus Doodle

My love for markers art is getting bigger and bigger.

They are easy and quick to use, and I totally adore the cartoon-like result. I especially love using the set of grays.

Today I posted this doodle on Facebook and in addition to my lovely friends's support, I received some encouraging feedback from an artist whose work I am particularly fond of!
Her name is Lily Mae Martin and her art is so beautiful that it can move me to tears! Have a look at her website and you'll understand: Lily Mae Martin

Following is the doodle I am now so proud of :)

I must confess that I cheated a little bit. I couldn't draw from life on the bus. So I took a photo of this lovely scene with my mobile phone and made the drawing at home, sitting on my bed.

Night Bus - drawing by Francesca Mancuso

Little big things that make my day :)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

My comics! Online!

So, I decided to do it. Even if it's still WIP.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the website where I am going to collect my comics. For you to read online. For free!

Comics by Francesca Mancuso

The most recent project ("Orange juice") is not available yet, because as I mentioned in previous posts, it's only a draft. I hope this site will motivate me to get started :)

I added my most recent work, my entry to Julia Scheele's amazing project 69 Love songs, Illustrated

Please, don't be lazy and give me precious feedback! I really need it :)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Another Earth

Another Earth

Warning! This review is full of spoilers!

"On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident."

17-year old Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), who just got accepted to MIT, drove drunk, hit a car with a family in it, and killed the pregnant wife and five year old boy. The husband, professor and musician John Burroughs (William Mapother), went into a short coma.
Since Rhoda was under age, her name was never disclosed.

4 years later, Rhoda is released from prison and moves back to her parents' house. Instead of resuming her life where she left it and going to study Astrophysics, she opts for a janitorial work in a high school.
This way, she doesn't have to think much nor interact with other people.

Rhoda is haunted by a sense of guilt for what she did.
When one day she sees John placing a toy robot at the site of the accident, on a whim she goes to his house offering a free trial for a cleaning service.
He accepts her and then asks her to come back.
John is fascinated by the sullen and intelligent young woman.
Rhoda seeks atonement and feels responsible for the state the man is in: dropped out of society, alone in his pain, with the sole company of a bottle.
Little by little the two uncommunicative and alienated people grow on each other and end up falling in love.
Rhoda keeps postponing the moment when she is going to confess the painful truth of who she really is.

Then there is Earth 2. This duplicate of Earth that appeared on the night of the accident. It's now so close that it is possible to travel to it and meet the other "you".
Rhoda enters a contest to become the first voyager to visit the other Earth. And she wins. John doesn't want her to go. Finally she explains why she has to go.
When John finds out the truth, he goes mad and sends Rhoda away.

The conclusion of this story is absolutely unpredictable and kind of shocked me. Rhoda gives the ticket to John asking him to go and see if the other him had better luck.
John doesn't seem to want to, but eventually accepts.
Rhoda goes to be back to her dull life. While she is going back home she sees someone she wouldn't really expect: the other her, who, judging by her appearance and clothes, is clearly leading a more successful life than she is on Earth.

The first reaction I had to this moving was going mad.
What the hell? Lots of questions are left unanswered!
Again, the typical festival film: an artsy, uncompleted story with the only intent of shocking the audience and making them discuss! I bet everybody tried to find more info and explanations in internet after watching it!
It looked to me a quite slow series of amateurish, unprofessional-looking, overly artsy shots. Still, I don't mind any of these things since the story is what I care about most.
It's clearly a low-budget film, but this doesn't mean anything either. "Moon" was a similarly low-budget film, yet I do find it clever and interesting.

Still, "Another Earth" has been growing on me and made me think a lot.

Please do not tell me any of the scientific truth stuff.
I know that from a scientific point of view the whole film is a disaster.
Of course a planet so close to Earth would collide, but this is not the point!
Let's just say this: "Another Earth" is rather a fantasy movie than a sci-fi story. You want to see the collision? Go watch "Melancholia", a good but much more overrated film that was shown in the same period.

What I really liked about "Another Earth" is the fact that a sort of cosmic symmetry gives a message of hope and redemption.
The voyage to the "other" Earth is like an introspective journey to find yourself. I am sure you can read what you want in this film, and this was the intention of the authors, but for me it shows that there we are responsible for our own fate.
Even if accidents do happen we shouldn't just give up, passively accept the events and lose faith in ourselves.
Second chances don't come often easily, but if we don't lose heart and believe in ourselves, we can lead our life where we would like it to be.

I would recommend this film to anyone, but you're been warned, it's not sci-fi.