What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today?
When I was child I read a lot of illustrated books. This had such an effect on my imagination and creativity that I wanted to do the same thing growing up: create images that inspire people. It’s why I am who I am today.
Which is your favourite character that you’ve drawn to date?
I don’t know if I have a favourite. I just love drawing animals characters and portraits of people with funny details.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
10 years old. I think I dreamed to be a journalist. Writing is another one of my passions but I prefer keep this passion just for me.
Which UNI did you go to and what did you study?
I come from ESAT (Ecole des Arts et Techniques) in Paris. I studied graphic design for four years. Then, I’ve studied at Corvisart, an illustration formation for one year. It was a great year for me and it convinced me that I definitely wanted to be an illustrator.
What’s the proudest moment of your career to date?
I think it was when I’ve received an email from ‘Ohh Deer’ telling me I had won their spring contest and was to became a new contributor. I was really surprised because there were so many submissions. I was so proud. Another good moment, that I will never forget was when I received an email from a total stranger just to tell me how much he loved my illustrations, it encouraged me and made me super happy! I’ve just begun my career as a freelance illustrator and I have already been lucky enough to work for two of my favorite magazines in France, Fricote Magazine and George’s Magazine.
How do you promote yourself?
Do you love or loathe social media?
I’m not a huge fan of social media but I think we should live with our time and step-by-step I try to be more present on the social networks, always promoting my works. I’ve recently creating an instagram account and a pinterest profile. I’m like a kid with a new toy!
Which tools do you use to create stuff?
I use a “criterium” pencil and photoshop for coloring! But I love the traditional techniques too like colored pencil or watercolors. I’ve got a really good scanner luckily. I would love use more paper to create paper toys or other stuff in paper. It’s a really cool material with great potential.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I think inspiration can come from everything around us. Inspiration could come from a cup of tea or from a conversation in a meeting, one word, or a color. (I have a color obsession!) Most often I find my inspiration in bookshops. I often stroll into a bookshop and get lost in the children section curious about stories and new ideas.
What’s your favourite music to work to?
Haha. it’s a little embarrassing to share but I often listen to Disney – I am a children’s book illustrator so it kind of makes sense! This music gives me a happy feeling so it’s a good place to work from! l also like jazz, blues and folk music. Now that I think of it, I listen to a lot of music with emotive qualities.
And what do you spread on your toast in the morning?
Honey or Miel…
Author: Charlotte Mary Rose (@CharleyMaryRose),