Francesco Fagnani | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

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“The act of drawing is a matter of boundaries between visible and invisible, told and untold, true and false, slowness and speed, freedom and prison, inside and outside, empty and full, the page and the world. All this and more, in a moment of wonder. ― Francesco Fagnani

Author, cartoonist, and illustrator, Francesco Fagnani has worked for various magazines and newspapers and collaborated with Italian publishers, such as El/Einaudi Ragazzi, Walt Disney, Zanichelli, and Giunti Editore, to create children’s books and educational campaigns.

Francesco Fagnani teaches Illustration at SACI. He began his career as an author, cartoonist, and illustrator for several magazines and newspapers such as Linus, Cuore, Il Manifesto, Il Clandestino, and Baribal, and dedicated himself to different fields of illustration, with an emphasis on illustrated books for children and young adults, educational campaigns, and advertising campaigns.

Francesco has collaborated with Italian publishers, such as El/Einaudi Ragazzi, Walt Disney, Zanichelli, Giunti Editore, Mondadori, Panini, Il Castoro, Lapis Edizioni, Beisler, and others, and his artwork has been published in the USA, France, Great Britain, Spain, China, South Africa, and other countries.

Throughout the years, Francesco has become more and more involved in the publishing process as a creative consultant and series director, in addition to an illustrator and writer. Focusing on children’s publishing in particular, he now emphasizes illustration and production that use graphic, textual, and theoretical solutions to create case studies on children’s growth and learning. He is interested in different visual languages, styles, and techniques, and is constantly exploring the boundaries between illustration, comics, graphic design, text, and any form of narrative communication – both in the publishing industry and for public or private institutions.

Teaching Philosophy
Finding one’s own visual voice is perhaps the main goal for those who want to walk the much-frequented path of illustration. Because I believe that illustration – artistic images in service of a text, idea, or message – is more a way of thinking than just a technical skill, I try to drive students to discover the process that leads from imagination to the creation of an original, unique artwork. Together, we explore the works of classic and contemporary illustrators in order to learn how to read and decode an image and the essentials of its creation and deployment. 

At the same time, the focus is on practical exercises on different subjects and creative techniques, with the aim to provide learners with the basics for the development of a personal, effective, style.

During the course, students are encouraged to assume a “visual attitude” towards any aspect of their lives. It is also interesting to visually relate and communicate aspects of their Italian and Florentine experiences with those at home. Learning to make your thinking visible and engaging can be a powerful tool, for yourself as a person and hopefully as an illustrator, but also in many different fields, activities, and passions.

“The act of drawing is a matter of boundaries between visible and invisible, told and untold, true and false, slowness and speed, freedom and prison, inside and outside, empty and full, the page and the world. All this and more, in a moment of wonder. ― Francesco Fagnani

Publications

La balena in scatola
Una partita in ballo
Coccotrillo
Più unici che rari
La Costituzione italiana
No, la zuppa no!
Diario di una ruota di scorta

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