I’m a French artist living in the south of Paris. As far as I can recall I’ve always been drawn to art as well as cinema, series, theatre … and my first crush which ultimately bonded all that, was Labyrinth, which I saw when I was 6. I couldn’t take my eyes off David Bowie and I was fascinated by how strange, a bit scary and mesmerizing he was. After that I was only obsessed by drawing him, and the beautiful Jennifer Connelly and her fabulous dress and hair.
I haven’t been continuously drawing ever since, because I tried for a long time to convince myself that art was not a real job. But every time I fell in love with a fabulous character or universe, that restuck me to my passion, Movies and shows like Willow, Interview with the vampire, The Lord of the ring, or True Blood.
However, I kept feeling this resistance toward being a “real” full time artist, but one day I fell into Black Sails, and … Oh my … my passion came back like a giant wave of relentless obsession (which was totally in sync with that show). I told myself that I would never ever stop drawing until my Captain Flint would rise from my page. And I surrendered to what my soul was begging me to do, and never stopped drawing ever since.
I finally understood that I was only sleep walking through life when I was not creating. Before that, I didn’t know where to put all that love that these characters inspired me, now I feel like I have found the best way to express it, and even more because I can share it with other people, and spread all that intense plenliness that they inspire me.
The illustrations I create are always centered around a character (sometimes 2 or 3), and have the objective to sublimate this character. In a way I rearrange reality in order to make the mind of my main subject visible. What I aim to do, is to disperse all the little characteristics and subtilities of the subject all over the drawing, so that his essence is visible.
I pick my characters in the movies or series that I love, and make them travel in different universes. I take my inspiration from many genre like steampunk or post apocalyptic worl ds, tattoo designs and compositions, fantasy or science fiction universes… I always want my illustrations to tell a real story, and every element has a purpose to extend that story and making it more vivid.
I also love to work on simpler compositions focusing on more realistic portraits which I mostly create in black and white. For that I like to use diverse materials as well, such as graphite, charcoal, white pastel, or black and white color pencils. I like using different sort of paper for this kind of work, like white, kraft, grey or toned tan paper.
I love using many sorts of supplies and my illustrations are always with mixed media. I vary the materials I use according to the effect I intend to render. Nevertheless, I have some basics that I almost always use such as : a very good paper, usually tinted because I absolutely love the contrast it gives to the other mediums I apply on it, alcohol markers are also a very good first layer to start and make everything else popp. Then I use micron or brush pens for the outlines, and my go-to supplies that I always use are color pencils and white posca pen. In addition to that, there are the materials that varies the most like acrylic paint or ink (that I love for steampunk or science fiction sceneries for example), or perfect pearls for a dreamy effect. I also really like to use watercolors from time to time, especially when I want to add more abstract designs to my drawings. And I’m always open to testing any other art supply that would look nice on a composition.
Paper : Canson 160g/m2 (75lb) honey comb surface for pastel (in various tones)
Sketching : Pentel mechanical pencil (0.3mm is my favorite, and I also have a 0.7mm)
Eraser : Faber-Castell perfection 7057 and kneaded eraser, Tomboy mono zero pencil eraser, Derwent electric eraser,
Alcohol markers : Winsor & Newton Brushmarkers and Promarkers, Graph’it brushmarkers
Color pencils : Faber-Castell Polycrhomos, Caran d’Ache Luminance, Derwent metallic
Outlining : Sakura Micron and brush pens
Highlights : white Posca pens
Paint : Art alchemy acrylic paint
Ink : Liquitex acrytlic ink
Shiny touch : Ranger Perfect pearls
Watercolor : White Nights Watercolour
If you want to see more of my work, you can check out my portfolio here :