How did you become an illustrator?
I have always drawn, since I was young. My mum told me she found a story I wrote when I was in primary school where I explain that I don’t want to work in a farm because farms stink (I come from the countryside!). After I finished school, I studied Fine Arts for a year in Caen, and then Applied Arts for a couple of years in Paris. These were more about graphic design than illustration, and after a little more studying I went back to Paris where there were more opportunities in graphic design.
After working with a few large advertising agencies, I needed to reconnect with an approach to illustration that felt more authentic and personal. I went to Norway and Denmark to refocus, and learnt a lot from their graphic design cultures. I got a bit homesick so went back to France, and started as a freelance illustrator, starting in print media. On one hand, I could sometimes get so bored by my work in graphic design, which could seem repetitive, and now on the other hand, I get so passionate about every new illustration work.
From briefing to execution, what does your creative process look like?
Usually, I try to identify three key words in the piece I need to illustrate. They become the foundations of my research before I land on the final idea. When the idea is more or less locked in inside my head I share it with my client, with words or sketches. I adapt. Most of the time clients contact me because they enjoy my style of illustration, so they usually have faith in the final result.