Featured Artist – Agathe BB

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How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
It was very gradual and natural. I only wanted to draw and get better and better instead of trying to figure out a “real job” like other people. I kept thinking “How am I ever going to have a career?” and suddenly I realised I was already in it, that my passion was my best shot in life, my natural path. It is weird because when I was a child, I thought making drawings for a living would be too good to be true, like being a candy maker or professional toy tester.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration in the movements of people everyday. I am obsessed with people’s gestures, how we try to move gracefully through life, being the clumsy two-legged long nosed animals we are.
What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I remember deciding consciously to omit the noses on my princesses’ faces because I didn’t like noses and thought faces would be better without them. I didn’t even know yet that I would grow up to have a long red nose. Now I draw noses like mine in the hope of it becoming a beauty standard.
What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I work at home. Most of the time, I listen to music, and sometimes, when I don’t have to think to much about my drawing, I listen to podcasts and even audio books. That way I work, get entertained and get smarter at the same time! Also, I really love working during the night, at peace, alone.
As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
I always find time to create art for myself, drawing little jokes for a future book, working on short movies. And sometimes when I really need to be uplifted I create animated gifs or I fool around on Photoshop. My work and my hobbies are really close.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
The first illustrator that I noticed and admired was Sempe. I remember being overwhelmed by how only with a few lines he could convey movement and gesture with such precision. I also really admired his witty sense of humor.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I love going to take a shower. Most of the time, I come out of there with an idea. If that doesn’t work, it is always a good idea to just start. Start anything, like diving directly into cold water. Nothing gives ideas for drawings better than drawing!