December 20, 2008

Best pictures of Victoria Frances

Victoria Francés (October 25, 1982) is a Spanish illustrator, born in Valencia. She is a graduate of the Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

Her work is very goth-inspired: ghostly women in long dresses are perhaps the most common characters found in her art. Unsurprisingly, she cites her influences as Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice and H. P. Lovecraft. She also claims to have been influenced by the art of Luis Royo and Brom.

She has illustrated several books as well as many posters. 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 calendars featuring her art have also been released.


Francés' first book, Favole, was first released on 23 April 2003. This was moderately successful, but she returned to the Universidad de Bellas Artes to continue to study art. She made her first public appearance at the 22nd Annual Comic Fair in Barcelona on 8 March 2004, and toured Madrid and the U.S. the following year. Meanwhile, her other books (see below) were released. Influenced by pre-Raphaelite paintings, she chooses subjects that take many people to a symbolic, magical and ancient world. All the sufferings of the outcast of this world is shown in dark castles and mansions with flickering lights, with the distinct influence of Goethe, Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire and Bram Stoker.

From her early childhood she was fascinated by the beauty of the forest in Galicia, where she spent much of her infancy. After traveling to cities like London and Paris she was hypnotized by the atmosphere there, the same that brought to life legendary masterpieces of Gothic literature. Her illustrations and sketches recall the dreamlike world of Gothic Romanticism.

She attended the San Carlos University, Valencia, Spain where she studied Fine Arts. There she started working as an illustrator while also designing various book covers and other commissioned pieces. Favole, her first illustrated book, is the remembrance of three cities, Verona, Venice and Genoa, and it was the sensation in the 2004 Saló del Còmic in Barcelona, attaining widespread success in all the countries where it has been published. Soon after Favole II & III followed gaining her even more success. Her most recent published work is called El Corazón de Arlene (Arlene’s heart) in 2008.

Source: Wikipedia

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