I’ve been a fan of Franchesco’s for a very long time now. Well, since 2001 when I first met him at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, which seems like a very, very long time ago these days.
Franchesco has always been an extremely nice artist to have a chat with. He never turns away a fan who wants to talk, even if he’s elbow-deep in commission work at a convention, and his interactions are always genuine and interesting. He takes a keen interest in those who enjoy his work, and he’s quick with a smile, a compliment and a joke. In short, he handles himself at conventions the way every artist should.
Cassie Hack commission by Franchesco!
I never thought about asking for a drawing from Franchesco until a couple of years ago. The problem was that every time I tried to get on his list, it was incredibly full–and that’s just the reality of how popular Franchesco is with his fans. You have to get there very early and get your name on his list right away. Don’t dawdle. Don’t wander off to see other artists first or check out that cool display from Marvel Comics. Do not pass go. Head directly to Franchesco’s table and put your name promptly on his list.
I got very lucky at this past fall’s Wizard World Chicago when I landed a place on his list. I asked for a Cassie Hack–a character you all know I love to death, but one that Franchesco had never drawn before.
Franchesco was glad to accept the commission and we agreed on a very reasonable price. I left him to his devices after about a 20-minute chat and when my piece was done I was absolutely floored. The Cassie, as you can see, was like none other in my collection and yet it captured the character perfectly. She was playful, dangerous and seductive all at the same time. Any slasher would be happy to be lured into that trap.
To be honest, I could barely come up with a “thank you” when he first handed it to me. I was completely floored at the quality-versus-cost and at the piece that was now in my collection.
I stayed and chatted with Franchesco for awhile, discussing the industry and his love of Deviant Art. We talked about commissions and conventions and the long drive I had to Chicago (about six and a half hours from the north). When I left, I felt like Franchesco had honestly been happy to work on my commission. In fact, I know he was.
In the months that have come and gone, I’ve stayed in touch with Franchesco and have high hopes of commissioning him again for C2E2 2013. He does such a wonderful job I don’t know how I could let myself avoid having another of his pieces in my collection.
Digitally-colored version by Franchesco!
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that he had digitally colored in the Cassie piece I had commissioned and I’ve arranged to pick up a print of it when I see him next. The colors make it even more impressive, which is pretty insane since I was sure it couldn’t be outdone.
If you get a chance to commission Franchesco, I highly, highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed in what he produces. I have no doubt in my mind at all, in fact, that you’ll love it.
And if you get to his table too late? Well, stop and say hello. Chat with him. Get to know the man behind the gorgeous art. He’s fun, he’s friendly and, most of all, he’s a great representative of the artistic world.
You can also follow his Facebook page, here, if you’re so inclined. He showcases a lot of his art there.