Francesco, why and when did you start illustrating?
I’ve always been into drawing and sketching since I was a child, but only in the last five or six years I started to be a full time illustrator.
You are focussing on illustrations about fashion. Which is interesting because what we usually see are photographs of contemporary fashion. Why have you decided to illustrate fashion?
During my latest years at the Academy of Fine Arts I started getting interested in fashion, mostly fashion photography. So at some point fashion illustration became the perfect match for both of my interests. It was kind of natural, I think.
You are also a photographer. What is the difference between these two visual voices?
The main difference, maybe, is that when I illustrate I am really free to create anything I want and I am the only responsible for the finale image. There are no boundaries and everything is up to me, my taste and my choice.
How do you choose the fashion you illustrate? Are you focused on certain styles or labels?
Well, I usually illustrate what I really like that means also that I often end up sketching the same labels, mostly because I love the vision and the asthetic of their designers.
You live in Paris, still the capital of fashion and a town full of designers and models. Why is Paris a cool place to stay?
I guess just because there’s always a lot going on in Paris. The city is not only the capital of fashion but also of art and culture, at least for me. It has a lot to offer each single day, it can be a concert, an exhibition or a fashion show!
Thanks for the chat, Francesco!