Instagram : @girard_eloise
1. What's your story? Where are you from?I'm a french illustrator from France, I studied biology for 2 years after my bachelor but I really missed art in my life... I really enjoyed working on microorganisms and perform dissections but my favorite part was always to draw them in my notebook. My parents wish me to follow a scientific path but I choose to go to an art school and studied art and 3D animation for 4 years. After that, I choose to quit the 3D world and be a freelance illustrator. And now I draw all day long as a living!
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.I love to work with shapes and colors, I always try to unite curves and angles, sensibility and strength. I have synesthesia which allows me to see colors when I think of words or people I know and I think it's why I have a particular relationship with colors. If I could qualify my work I would say it's sensitive and harmonious.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I really love digital illustration because everything is under control. When I work on paper, I'm never sure how the ink or the paint will react, it's always messy ( and I must say that I am really clumsy). Digital drawing allows me to control everything and change things whenever I want. It's a real time saving concerning colors too!
4. What is your artistic process like?When I begin an illustration I always draw a flowy and messy sketch, based on the general idea I have, the movement and the composition I want. Then I work on this sketch and define it. I draw the line art and add all the details I want. Concerning colors, I often make a "color sketch" to be sure about the colors I want to include and experiment a bit before drawing the final. For my final piece, I try to stay really organized and I have a lot of layers, so I can change everything when I want to, without wasting time. I can say that I'm really intuitive at the beginning and I stay very organized at the end of the process.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I'm principally inspired by nature and the people around me. My sister is always a strong reference concerning feminine characters in my work. As well as all the fairytales and stories I read when I was a child. Of course, I'm inspired by a lot of artists thanks to the internet.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?Art is how I express myself and it's a really big part of my personality and my life. I always feel the urge to draw people I see and keep in mind the color palette I see in real life. Colors are truly the first thing I notice, especially in movies and art. My art defines me, it's the only thing I can do all day without being bored and the thing I miss the most when I don't have my tools with me... Moreover, I think it really helps me have better confidence in myself!
7. Where did you study?I studied at the ESMA school of Toulouse (France).
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?In five years I really hope I will edit one or more books and comics, and that I could live well thanks to my art. I wish I could move to the countryside too!
9. What about in ten?I see myself with a lot more books and big illustration projects. Maybe a kid? And a big studio to draw without being disturbed.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I really hope I could move people with my illustrations, share feelings and dreams. I often ask myself what's the purpose of art, and I didn't find the answer yet. The only thing I know is that it's pretty hard to live without it.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I'm french and it's really cliché to say it but I absolutely love cheese! And Italian food like lasagna. And all kinds of sweets!
12. Favourite book?It's a hard question. I will say the novella The Shadows over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft. But I'm also fond of Bradbury and Barjavel...
13. Favourite genre of music?I love indie pop, psychedelic rock... A lot of different things actually.
14. What are your hobbies?Besides drawing, I love linocut, indie video games, books and movies of course...
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?I think I would be an entomologist or a writer.
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