MESSAGE FROM THE ARTIST
I’m a French Illustrator and Graphic Designer, I was born in Chalon-sur-Saône, France in 1983 and currently reside in Lyon, France. Ever since I was a kid I always handled a pencil better than a pen and it has never left my side. I was self-trained and my inspiration for drawing came from everything I saw and it’s even more-so today. I diversified my techniques for better learning and I shifted from drawing to painting and then digital painting. All this was motivated by my passion and a need to always excel. My sources of inspiration are movies, art books, some comics, and even music, anything that gives me an artistic sensibility.
Caricatures have always attracted and amused me, while attending high school I learned a lot by drawing them. You would find me drawing caricatures of my teachers all the time. Drawing caricatures allowed me to train myself and not be afraid to hesitate at the stroke of a pencil and to distort what I observed... and it was a good way to learn to draw and enough to achieve convincing results. Jean Mulatier (French Caricature Artist & Illustrator) is one of my great inspirations along with Sebastian Krüger (German Caricature Artist & Illustrator). Once I saw their work I was completely blown away which forced me to push the realism and details on my own caricatures.
In 2000 I spent two years studying computer graphics in SEPR in Lyon, France to expand my skills and I ever since then I was really interested in digital technology. After working for companies in the past, in 2005 I started working for myself and today I am an illustrator and graphic designer working full-time. I work digitally using a Wacom bamboo fun tablet, but I still have a base of traditional design, I still love the contact of a pencil with the paper. When I went on my own, my first client was a publisher in Lyon specializing role playing games. From there I gradually increased by client base through meetings and other opportunities within Communication Agencies, Companies, publishers etc.
Now, even though I love caricatures, I specialize in other forms of illustrations as well. I’m every eclectic in my work and do a diversity of projects that challenge me. I try to choose a fairly wide range of projects ranging from advertisements, cartoons, comic strips, heroic fantasy, logos for companies and model sheets for 3D animators. I invite you to preview and purchase my book and my workshops to learn a little something about the art of caricature and digital painting.