Marilyn Faucher Illustrator Interview

Marilyn Faucher

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Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an artist? What were your earliest impressions?
Has far As I can remember, I always loved to draw. When I was in elementary school, my dad built me a drawing table so I can have my own space to create. Around the same age, my dream was to become an illustrator for Walt Disney and the passion is still there after all theses year. I just love the liberty of illustrations: you can create a whole new world, there’s no rules only infinite possibilities.

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
When I was young, I loved to draw animals. My grand-mother and my mother are really passionate avout animals and I guess they kind of

Did you study art in school?
Yes Is studied graphic in college at Cegep du Vieux Montreal and I have a bachelor degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
There’s many things that inspires me, and when I see something that I like, I always ask myself why do I like this thing? and where it comes from? and most of the time, when I do my research, I find connection between the things that insprires me. When you learn about the things you love you also learn about yourself and it’s suitable in the process of creating art. Jackson Pollock said : Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

How would you describe the process of creating art?
The passion. The urge of creating something comes from passion. It’s physical.

Do you have a favourite artist? What is it about that artist’s work you like?
I love the personality and the originality of Carson Ellis, the technique and the style of Julia Sarda the sensitivy and the tenderness of Isabelle Arsenault, the vitality of Geneviève Godbout and the naivety and honesty of Maud Lewis and Gary Bunt

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would love to be a costume designer. What I loved about illustration is telling a story but not only in the main illustration, but in all the details and the choices that I make when I draw (the shoes, the dress, the furniture etc). Like Michele Clapton once say in an interview (costume designer of The crown and Games of thrones) a costume designer tells story with clothes and I would love to explore that kind of storytelling.

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
I remember when my Mom bought me those expensive Prismacolor pencils it felt like Christmas.

Do you have a favourite artist supply, a favourite method, or favourite location, where you like to create artwork?
I like to work at home with my cat. I wake up early, make some coffee and start working. I love to work while I’m a bit sleepy and the people aren’t wake up yet, I see things from on another perspective. In the afternoon, when I’ve got the idea and the sketch done, I like to put on some music while I work on the final illustration.

Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
Art is essential, art is the soul of humanity!