French digital artist I realize series of digital anatomical portraits. Everywhere in my creations my imaginery is influenced by the traditional art of medical journals, or botanical prints.
Here is a part of an interview I’ve done for « The Original Van Gogh Ear Anthology ».
What one medium to you enjoy working with most ?
I work essentially on the computer with the help of a graphic tablet and different image editing sofware. I also love papers with texture, those that have the grain.
Your illustrations have a timeless, nostalgic feel to them.
Is that intentional ?
Yes, for me old papers are printed by nostalgia, it adds a flavor of the past. It’s crazy that certain smells can make memories re-appear, smells that you had almost managed to forget. I found out that these supports also put on the front line the contrast of colors (in particular ink Pantone, very lively, that gives at the end a certain originality, even a certain kind of modernity.
Who has most influenced you ?
Wow… ther are so many ! I especially turned to nature and the human sciences. If I had to list three, they’d undoubtedly be :
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), a german biologist, philosopher and free thinker. For him, the biology was deeply similar to art, the symmetry present in nature was very marked in his boards illustrating the beauty of the biological world.
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), a painter, engraver and German mathematician. All his engravings are really magnificent. And to end the list, a painter and teacher of the human anatomy, Nicolas Henri Jacob (1782-1871). His masterpiece is unquestionably Le Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme. Which he conceived in association with Jean Baptiste Marc Bougery (republished by the Taschen publishing) a huge work, full of details illustrated with 725 high quality lithographed boards. Many of my collages use part of these illustrations as a basis.