Vintage photos, one of a woman and one of a man,next to pencil sketch of main in hat Vintage photos, one of a woman and one of a man,next to pencil sketch of main in hat

Celebrate the Past

Although Kervin Brisseaux had drawn for fun since he was a kid, when it came to a career, he chose architecture. Then he landed his first freelance illustration gig.

“Axe Body Spray approached me to do something for them," Brisseaux recalls. "They told me the budget, and I was like, 'I can make this much money doing that?'”

Brisseaux is now associate design director at one of New York City’s leading brand design agencies,  Vault49, where he creates photo manipulations, collage, and colorful illustrations for such leading brands as Pepsi and Uniqlo.  He also has a busy freelance design career, working with brands that include Nike, Atlantic Records, and ESPN.

We asked Brisseaux to go back to his illustration roots and recreate a drawing from his childhood, using his current style and a relatively new mobile app, Adobe Fresco. The results celebrate his familial  roots, as well. Watch the video below to see how this first-generation Haitian-American blends his personal history with his mastery of bold colors in an homage to his grandfather and Haitian culture.

Photo of Kervin Brisseaux

Click to watch the video.

For a step-by-step breakdown of Brisseaux's use of brushes and colors, check out "How to Create a Comic-Style Portrait." If you're inspired to revisit your own childhood art, download Fresco and let us know how it goes by posting your results on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #recreatewithFresco.