I’m 30 years old. I’m illustrator since five years. I was born in France. I live and work in Strasbourg, where I followed illustration classes at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs.
When did you decide you wanted to be illustrator?
I’ve always drawn …
But I decided to be an illustrator when i was in art school…
Would you recommend studying at art school?
Yes, for me it was really necessary!
I met many talented people who are my friends now!
And we drunk a lot of beers!
Strasbourg is very famous for the food and the beer.
How long was it before illustration became your primary form of income?
The first year after school, I made a other job, night watchman…
And when I published my first children book, I decided to stop this job.
After that, I began to have enough commissioned works.
Could you describe your typical day?
I usually arrive at 9 am, by bike, at the atelier that I share with 4 other illustrators (La Rouge Porte).
We all work in the same space, each at his work-table.
I often start drawing a little for myself in a sketchpad and I check my mails drinking a coffee. I work on my personal projects or on commissioned work.
At midday, we have lunch altogether, we chat and laugh.
I leave around 6 pm.
What do you wish you’d know when you first started out?
I don’t understand your question….
What’s the best thing about being an illustrator?
There is no boss behind you!
What’s the worst thing about being an illustrator?
Sometimes, we need someone to move your ass!
Someone to say «Hey, that’s not good, you must do like this…»
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Definitely a rockstar!
Any other tips you could share?
It’s really important to have others activities!
Some illustrators work all the time, they work too and they only speak of their work.
I’ve a rock band with friends (SLAAP), I go to the garden, I like to cook…