On The Spot: Leandro Francisca

David J. Holcomb

Meow you accomplishing, cat enthusiasts? We have bought a little something purr-fect just for you! Leandro Francisca is listed here with his charming cat artworks that will melt your furry hearts. In this week’s On The Place, the Brazilian illustrator tells us extra about his feline inspirations, his beloved cat Pudim, and his mission to capture the mysterious and magical cat rituals. 

The place do you dwell and what does your workspace appear like?

I dwell in the south of Brazil, in a position of exuberant mother nature that is surrounded by stunning seashores. My workspace primarily consists of my computer and graphics tablet and is a component of the property wherever I spend extensive hrs imagining and building my illustrations.

What has your journey to turn into an artist seemed like so significantly?

I had been craving a flavor for artwork for a lengthy time. I beloved drawing ever since I was a child and during the many years, I tried out to make improvements to my techniques and produce new procedures. Today, I’m a total-time illustrator, doing work with children’s reserve authors and publishers from a variety of sections of the environment. 

yin and yang
Cat on the roof

How did you produce your present artwork style?

About the several years, I have developed my own artistic identification by tests distinct methods and observing other artists. 

As for the cat artworks, I only started functioning on them about a yr in the past. Nevertheless, this story began significantly previously, a lot more specifically in 2019, when we adopted our pet kitten Pudim. Living with him, I started out to observe feline behavior which motivated me to function on my cat illustrations. 

What does your inventive procedure glance like?

I commonly start off with a brief and basic sketch, just to express the notion. Then I polish and refine it until it ultimately seems to be like what I to begin with had in thoughts. As soon as that is done, I transfer the sketch to my computer and bring it to lifetime by including shades in Photoshop. I normally use some extra elements like cardboard to enrich the textures in my works. 

Which of your artworks is your favorite and why?

It is 1 I designed lately, titled Cats in the Moonlight. I like it basically for the reason that it captures a charming moment that these two cats share underneath the shining moon. I also like the contrasting colors in this piece – they have often attracted me and impressed my work. 

Cats in the Moonlight

What are your most significant inspirations?

They typically arrive from good spouse and children moments with our cat. It’s those amusing every day scenarios that lead me to realize that cats are mystical beings with their peculiar feline behaviors and rituals. This is a little something I try to express in some of my illustrations, making an imaginary world comprehensive of thriller and magic that all the fellow cat fans can delight in. 

If you could select just one artist to seize a coffee with – who would it be?

It would be great to share a cup with Adolfo Serra, I adore the way he illustrates!

What are your other passions?

When I’m not drawing, I’m a family particular person. I invest time with my children Caroline and Lucas, and my expensive wife Alessandra. They are my enthusiasm. 

What are your designs for the potential?

I want to continue to keep doing the two issues I love the most – functioning on my illustrations and expending excellent time with my family!

Instagram: @leandrofca

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