Francis Cleetus

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Francis Cleetus
Francis Cleetus portrait.jpg
The cartoonist at a book launch event
Born January 25, 1964
Nationality Indian American
Occupation Creative director, tech cartoonist, mural painter
Notable work(s) ''It's Geek 2 Me''
Website
[http://www.franciscleetus.com

Francis Cleetus (pronounced fran-sis klee-tuhs) is an Indian-American copywriter,[1] art director,[2] creative director,[3] mural painter[4] and tech cartoonist.[5] He picked up all these skills while working on multinational brands at leading ad agencies in India, Hong Kong and the US.

A member of the National Cartoonists Society of America, Francis is the creator of the tech toon ''It's Geek 2 Me''. Francis has drawn hundreds of cartoons for the Pittsburgh Tech Council's TEQ magazine, Tata Consultancy Services' @TCS magazine and other publications. He has also created award-winning advertising campaigns for HP, Philips, Maker's Mark, Nike and MTV.

Francis lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States with his wife and two daughters, and continues to create new cartoons, murals and ads.

"It's Geek 2 Me" Cartoons[edit]

Main article: [[It's Geek 2 Me]]
"It's Geek 2 Me" cartoon characters.

"It's Geek 2 Me" is a tech cartoon about people and their off-center relationships with computers, the Internet, social networks, smart phones, mp3 players, e-book readers and other technologies. Francis self-published his first compilation of It's-Geek-2-Me tech toons in 2012 as a paperback titled Wish Your Mouth Had A Backspace Key in the United States through Amazon.com.[6] In 2013, a new compilation titled It's Geek 2 Me - Total Timepass Tech Toons[7] was published by Hachette India for the Indian subcontinent.

Adding finishing touches to a mural.

Indian Ceiling Murals[edit]

A self-taught mural painter, Francis has been creating contemporary designs based on classic Indian motifs since his teens. In 2012, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh commissioned him to recreate ceiling murals from the 16th century Madurai Palace in South India[8] for their 'Tropical Forest India'[9] exhibit. To combat the high humidity and temperatures of the enclosed tropical Arboretum, he used acrylic paints and a water-resistant finish.

Print Ad for Kentucky Tourism.

Advertising Campaigns[edit]

Francis has worked as a copywriter, art director[10] and creative director on some of the largest global brands at ad agencies in three different countries. He started his advertising career at FCB ULKA, in India; he moved to Hong Kong in the mid nineties and worked at Ogilvy, JWT and D'Arcy; he relocated to the United States in 2001 to work at Doe Anderson. His integrated advertising campaigns for big brands[11]across multiple countries, have won a host of international creative awards.

Compilations[edit]

  1. Total Timepass Tech Toons (August 2013, Hachette India, ISBN 978-93-5009-624-6)
  2. Wish Your Mouth Had a Backspace Key (October 2006, Amazon.com, ISBN 978-14495-8712-3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Print campaign for Moen faucets". Ads of the world. Nov 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Magazine ads for Maker's Mark bourbon". Best Ads on TV. November 30, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Ad campaign for Mohawk Flooring". Adland TV. June 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ceiling Murals at the Phipps Conservatory". Upper St. Clair Patch. February 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cartoonist launches Cartoon compilation". Upper St. Clair Patch. April 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh cartoonist takes aim at technology in It's Geek-2-Me tech cartoons". PopCity Media. May 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hachette India releases "Total Timepass Tech Toons"". Hachette India. Aug 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ceiling Murals at the Phipps Conservatory". Upper St. Clair Patch. February 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tropical Forest India exhibit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Campaign for Pearl & Dean". Advertolog. February 1, 1998. 
  11. ^ "Maker's Mark ad campaign". Best Ads on TV. November 30, 2005. 

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