Francesca Resta

Francesca Resta - Designer

London, UK

Professional book cover illustrator specialised in YA, MG and Fantasy novels.

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Overview

Hello, I'm Francesca Resta and I'm book cover illustrator for teen and fantasy fiction.
My love for books started first a reader and then as an illustrator, and that's why this is the field I put all my energy in. I work for both Italian and US publishers, such as Penguin, Simon and Schuster and Sourcebooks, to name a few. My illustrations are usually focused on human characters and I love to design very clear and iconic compositions, that works well on books with a strong and memorable main character.
Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Awards

  • Selected in Infected by Art vol.7
  • Selected in "Autori di Immagini" Annual 2019
  • Selected in "Autori di Immagini" Annual 2018
  • Selected in Infected by Art vol.4
  • Silver Award in "Autori di Immagini" Annual 2016
  • Honorable mention in "Lucca Junior" contest 2015

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
April, 2008 – Present (about 12 years)

I started working part-time as a freelance illustrator more than 10 years ago, in 2008 I illustrated my first book cover for a major publisher in Italy (Mondadori). It slowly became a steadier job, and now it's my full-time profession.
While I focus mostly on book covers, I also worked as a retoucher for advertising, I illustrated exercise books for educational publishers and I recently painted 50 portraits of historical figures for the internal illustrations of a book published by Harper Collins.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Flame in the Mist

Renée Ahdieh

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass. The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has ... read more

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass. The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has ... read more

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist)

Renée Ahdieh

The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn. After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her b... read more

The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn. After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her b... read more

The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy)

Sophie Cleverly

Ivy, I pray that it's you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you're the new me...When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened t... read more

Ivy, I pray that it's you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you're the new me...When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened t... read more

The Whispers in the Walls (Scarlet and Ivy)

Sophie Cleverly

When the walls begin to speak, it is unwise to ignore what they have to say...At the bidding of their cold-hearted stepmother, twin sisters Scarlet and Ivy are sentenced to board for a year at Rookwood School. The headmaster is cruel, the hallways are drafty, and there seems to be a thief afoot. When the finger of suspicion is pointed at Scarlet, she'll do whatever it takes to clear her name―i... read more

When the walls begin to speak, it is unwise to ignore what they have to say...At the bidding of their cold-hearted stepmother, twin sisters Scarlet and Ivy are sentenced to board for a year at Rookwood School. The headmaster is cruel, the hallways are drafty, and there seems to be a thief afoot. When the finger of suspicion is pointed at Scarlet, she'll do whatever it takes to clear her name―i... read more

The Dance in the Dark (Scarlet and Ivy)

Sophie Cleverly

Something is brewing in the halls of Rookwood School...For twin sisters Scarlet and Ivy, boarding school has been a horrid mix of murderous headmasters, painful punishments, and vicious classmates. But it's a new year, and things are looking up. The kindly Mrs. Knight is in charge, their classmates have been civil, and the weather is even brightening up. Then, when their beloved ballet teacher... read more

Something is brewing in the halls of Rookwood School...For twin sisters Scarlet and Ivy, boarding school has been a horrid mix of murderous headmasters, painful punishments, and vicious classmates. But it's a new year, and things are looking up. The kindly Mrs. Knight is in charge, their classmates have been civil, and the weather is even brightening up. Then, when their beloved ballet teacher... read more

Glow

Megan E. Bryant

When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images that are only visible in the dark, she wants to learn more about the artist. In her search, she uncovers a century-old romance and the haunting true story of the Radium Girls, young women who used radioactive paint to make the world's first glow-in-the-dark products—and ultimately became radio... read more

When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images that are only visible in the dark, she wants to learn more about the artist. In her search, she uncovers a century-old romance and the haunting true story of the Radium Girls, young women who used radioactive paint to make the world's first glow-in-the-dark products—and ultimately became radio... read more

Camille's Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor)

Adele Whitby

Exciting secrets are waiting to be revealed in a new story arc set in a manor in the heart of Paris in the seventh book of this fascinating historical fiction series.Camille LeClerc has just moved into the grand estate Rousseau—one of the largest and most beautiful manor homes in all of Paris—with her mother, the cook. Living in the manor is a dream come true for Camille and brings her closer ... read more

Exciting secrets are waiting to be revealed in a new story arc set in a manor in the heart of Paris in the seventh book of this fascinating historical fiction series.Camille LeClerc has just moved into the grand estate Rousseau—one of the largest and most beautiful manor homes in all of Paris—with her mother, the cook. Living in the manor is a dream come true for Camille and brings her closer ... read more

Claire's Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor)

Adele Whitby

Claire Rousseau embarks on an exciting new chapter in the eighth book of this fascinating historical fiction series.Claire Rousseau has just arrived at Rousseau Manor in Paris, France, from America. Everything is new to her—the sights, the people, the language—and adventurous Claire is loving every minute of exploring her surroundings, especially with her new friend, Camille, who also lives in... read more

Claire Rousseau embarks on an exciting new chapter in the eighth book of this fascinating historical fiction series.Claire Rousseau has just arrived at Rousseau Manor in Paris, France, from America. Everything is new to her—the sights, the people, the language—and adventurous Claire is loving every minute of exploring her surroundings, especially with her new friend, Camille, who also lives in... read more

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