Interview the Artist: Francisco
About the artist: Ever since he was a child, Francisco was fond of creative activities: finger painting, doodling on note books during class hours, and drawing in his room all through the night. He always knew he wanted to become an artist at a young age, but reality was lurking nearer. Teachers reported him bad news and considered that he starts thinking of a realistic plan B. After high school, Francisco enrolled into an art school in San Francisco to study fashion design. There he learned new skills and techniques to advance his self-taught artistic abilities. Graduating with a degree in fashion design, Francisco uses his skills and years of experience which includes internships, mentors, and work experience in the fashion industry. He believes he has a bright future ahead of him.
How long have you been an artist? When did you first start drawing, painting, creating art?
Professionally since July 19th, 2015. I started drawing around pre-school. (Finger painting) it was my favorite part about school.
Did you have any formal art education?
I learned from "how to draw" books and cartoon books. In the summer of 2010, I enrolled at an art school in San Francisco for my BA in Fashion Design. From there, I learned figure drawing, fine art, color theory how to construct a gown, and even fashion illustration.
Are you self-taught?
I was self taught up till my senior year of high school. I learned more creative skills in college and from books. LOTS of books.
What inspires your artistic style? Who inspires your artistic style?
History books, music videos, anime, comic books, my imagination. A lot of my friends would tell me I have a very interesting imagination. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad complement....never the less, I create a story that will turn heads.
I admire many designers from the fashion industry. I personally love haute couture fashion week. I took a class for fashion history part 1&2. During the class hours, I learned many styles and techniques from the old times. 18th century, late 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s punk. But there is no limit. I love all fashion.
For some, creating art and being an artist is a job, for others it could be an emotional outlet. What purpose does art serve for you?
My art has to make me feel happy. If I don't like something I drew or created, I doodle over it until I'm satisfied. When I take a break from drawing and come back, I quickly change my perspective of my own work and decide that this art piece is, "cool."
What are some of your dreams or aspirations that you’d like to accomplish with your art?
Quit my part- time job and make my art and fashion a successful, stable, life time career.
Where can others get in contact with you?
Right now, I'm working on my shop and website, but I do have an Instagram: (@francisco_illustrations) there you can see all my artwork and doodles I post daily. Or by email: (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ve had my art displayed at the (Fresno Art Hub) 2024 N. Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, CA. I’ve been hustling all month long...a lot is happening this year.
If your art could talk, what would it say? If your art were a person, what would they be like?What would their personality consist of?
I'm not sure what it would exactly say, but I know it'll probably be something inappropriate.....in my experience with making new friends and professional services, if you don't have nothing nice to say, keep your mouth shut...
If my made up fashion characters were real life Barbie dolls, their resting face would be sassy, always dressed fashionable, and abnormal to society. To be honest, they probably wouldn't be accepted in society or the fashion industry because they're different....sad face.
Last question, your art style is very unique and a common theme appears to be feminine figures with large eyes. How do you personally describe your artistic style?
Good eye there, mate! I'm not sure how the big eyes and big lips came from? I do know that they will not be going anywhere anytime soon...i guess you could say, it's one of my signature looks. My style is always changing. It can be feminine, punk, glamorous, animated, and even retro, but overall, it's still mine. I control the pen, and the paper is my world to create.