5 & 3/4 Questions
1. Describe yourself and your work.
I’m a French illustrator living and working in Paris, France. My work is a mix of strong graphic images and a large palette of inspiration from arts and pop culture. It’s always full of bright colors and powerful compositions.
2. How did you get started?
Right after I got graduated from my art school, I founded a studio with two friends; we did art direction, graphic design, mixed-media installations, and illustration. After seven years of research and experimentation, my partners and I decided that it was time to split and do our own thing. At that time it was crystal clear to me that my way was illustration, and I was lucky enough to find clients quite quickly, which helped me to have confidence in my skills…. Now it’s been five years, and I keep enjoying it as if it were the first day. Last week I did the cover of a magazine [below], and I was like a child at Christmas when I saw people reading it in the subway! This feeling is the best reward for a job.
5. What are three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know?
1. Find inspiration everywhere. Don’t watch other illustrators work; watch everywhere others are not watching: pottery, woodwork, glasswork…you name it!
2. Build your universe, with your references and your research from everywhere—build an artistic universe that belongs to you and no one else.
3. Produce. The truth belongs to those how do, not to those who talk.
5¼. Favorite color? It’s hard to choose a single color, but I’d say pink, because whatever color combination you choose, there is always room for some pink. It will bring something strange, both warm and cold, that always works.
5½. Favorite website? I'll say ffffound.com; even if the activity is slowing down every day, it’s still a good place to find unexpected images.
5¾. Pet peeve? Work on weekends.