Fran Cesarano is an Italian illustrator based in Oulu, Finland. Growing up on a farm in rural southern Italy, they fell in love with the colourful visuals and energetic characters in cartoons and picture books. From 2015 to 2017, they attended a classical drawing course, and then, from 2018 to 2021, they took a three-year illustration course at the Scuola Italiana di Comix trade school, in Naples. Fran mainly works with coloured or graphite pencils, gouache, and ink, and finishes their drawings digitally, using both Procreate and Photoshop. In 2022, they illustrated caricatures for a paper cut prize for the Italian Leo Club. Their illustration for the contest “whatafeeling” was exhibited at the 2022 edition of the Ludocomix festival, and in 2023 they worked with Mediamix on an educational children’s book. Also in 2023, their sketchbook was exhibited at Ludocomix 2023 as a part of the “raccontami sketchbook” contest.