1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
It’s a bit sinuous. I live in Paris, grew up in its suburbs. I drew a lot as a kid but unlike many artists who say they never stopped, I actually didn’t draw much during my teenage except for penises on walls. At the time, I was more idealizing it and replaced it with graffiti which took all the space in my brain for years.
In high school, I studied Science even though I was obviously a literary guy, and later I went to Law university where I felt miserable for two years. That’s when I really came back to drawing, when it finally hit me that I couldn’t do anything else. Best choice of my life!
But then I got sick, leukaemia. The recovery took a long time, I couldn’t go to art school and started working pretty late. At the time, information wasn’t as easily available as today, I was pretty isolated and it took me a while to figure out the illustration field. I had some missteps, took all the crappy jobs I could find that were drawing related, and little by little I found the right technique, focused on my style, made friends, expanded the network…
Now, I work mainly in editorial, publishing and a little advertising, and I feel blessed being able to draw every day for a living and keep improving slowly.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
A classic line drawing base with emphasis on composition and color. I generally use gradients and textures to give it an organic feel. Often surreal, whimsical, with a touch of absurd humor and a few dinosaurs here and there.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Digital, even though I came to it late and still love to make it look like it’s not digital.
4. What is your artistic process like?
Lots of ugly, almost abstract little sketches with a fat pencil on random A4 paper to search for ideas and composition. Then depending on time constraints, I’ll either do the linework on paper or directly on my good old Cintiq. Colors are always digital.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Inspiration comes from many places and artistic fields: Franco-Belgian comics, Italian Renaissance painting, Bosch, Bruegel drawings, Asian art, literature (magic realism in particular), Science, cinema…
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art is a need. I feel good and alive with a pencil in my hand. Very often when I’m down, I realize it’s because I didn’t draw for a few days, because I had to take care of some non-artistic stuff that I procrastinated or something like that. It’s pretty obsessive, it’s a job but it’s not really a job and it’s always there, even when I’m not drawing.
7. Where did you study?
I didn’t really study, I received a kind of old-school training from a painter.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Keep working with great people on cool jobs, keep some space for personal projects and keep getting better at it. Also being able to focus less on goals and enjoy the process of creation itself even more.
9. What about in ten?
Ten years is a long time. I close my eyes and I see a beach. And a flying dog, and a giant pencil.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I hope one day I’ll be able to draw a perfect circle.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
My mom’s tartiflette.
12. Favourite book?
Real books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Comic Books: Little Nemo
13. Favourite genre of music?
I love all sorts of music but if you scroll through my playlist you’ll probably find more hip hop than the rest.
14. What are your hobbies?
Watering my plastic plants, going to the movies, laughing around with my sweetheart, with my friends, watching football, eating, napping, reading… simple things.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I think I would be a palaeontologist. Or a gangsta rapper. Or a Buddhist monk