Featured Artist – Grems
Artwork by Grems
How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I started drawing when I was a kid. When I was young I started by copying cartoons, then invented the continuation of the stories. With books, I was not interested in the texts, I only looked at the drawings.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from a patchwork composed of TV series (from the 60’s – 70’s), cinema, funk music, Jacques TATI…
What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I prefer to work in my studio, listening to a perfect playlist.
As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Every time it’s possible I always take time to create for myself. It’s so important to stay creative.
When you are creating commissioned work, how do you take yourself out of the project and focus on the idea that needs to be conveyed?
When I have a commission, I usually keep the brief in my mind for 2 or 3 days and live with it, then try to forget about it. The idea then comes naturally. When I work on the image, I always take the place of the reader and try to surprise him.
What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Paintings, portraits by a painter friend, “kitch” art, deco and children’s drawings.
Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Do you read criticism done on your work?
I would really like to read criticism on my work.
How do you deal with negative criticism?
It depends on where it comes from and who is criticising. Constructive criticim is positive.
Is there any one publication that you still have aspirations to see yourself in?
What magazines do you personally read?
Graphim, fashion magazines.
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