How did you get started doing what you do?
I moved to London after graduating from a French school in Paris called L’Esag Penninghen. I didn’t have any contacts here and didn’t really know what I wanted to do! I did a few different internships the first year and then got a full time job at a creative agency. I used most of my free time developing my personal style and working on as many projects as possible. I wanted to find a style that I was confident about and that I would be proud to present to others. When I felt I had found it, I went freelance and have been enjoying it ever since.
How would you describe your creative style?
Bold, vibrant and bubbly.
What is art to you?
Just a way to send a message. Not necessarily an important one, it doesn’t have to have a deep meaning, as long as you enjoy doing it and you think some people can get something out of it.
What does your typical day look like?
I wake up at around 9, get a coffee from Prêt and start working (either at the studio I’m renting out, or at home when I want to have my french tv shows in the background). I usually have a “to do” list and just get on with doing everything that’s on it. Most days, I always take an hour or two to work on personal projects (or think of new ones). Also, at some point during the day, I will always be looking at either a new place to go on holidays, or to move to. It’s my little dream break.
How do you keep motivated?
Music is usually what keeps me motivated when I’ve got loads on. When I don’t have much to do and I’m feeling a bit useless, I’ll just moan about it a bit and spend the day doing nothing. That alone will make me want to get straight back into it the next day and think of a new series of illustrations/projects I can work on during my free time. I hate having nothing to do.
How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
Moving to London has definitely influenced my work. There’s a really good creativity vibe here, and some amazing illustrators/animators to be inspired by! Most of the time, it’s the little day events which will inspire me the most. Someone I’ve seen in the street or a conversation I’ve overheard will sometimes give me an idea for a new illustration.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Bring a bit of colour in the every day life. I’m the type of person who will get affected by very little things and seeing something fun and cheerful can make my day. So I like to work on bright, colourful, quirky illustrations in the hope that it can make some people smile. And if not, well I would have had fun in the process, so it’s ok.
How have others reacted to your work?
Well, I get a bit of everything really. My best experience of seeing people’s reaction to my work was at The London Illustration Fair. I could really tell from people’s reaction if they liked it or absolutely hated it. I saw a lot of people smile and giggle at some of my work, which was awesome! It’s exactly what I’m trying to achieve. And it’s quite funny to see people disliking it as well, I think having pink tits and bums everywhere isn’t to everyone’s liking.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
To enjoy myself a bit more. It took me time to have fun doing what I do!
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Work hard, be confident and have fun.