Can you tell us more about your journey and how you became an illustrator and graphic designer?
I studied applied arts and then visual communication. Very quickly I found my niche as a graphic designer and started working freelance. Illustration is a passion that has consumed me for several years and I do it alongside my graphic design work.
How did your passion for design come about?
I’ve always been attracted to beautiful images, street art, fantasy and magic realism… My mother is a painter and from a very young age I was fascinated by her studio which is crammed with tubes of paint and full of the smell of acrylic. That’s what made me want to be a designer and tell my own stories.
What inspires you?
My sources of inspiration are very varied. I’m drawn to art generally, particularly old paintings; I have a weakness for those of Fragonard which fire my imagination. I’m also fond of music because it transports me to other places and opens up new worlds to me. I also really like to lose myself in the city streets and take time to observe the architecture.
My wanderings in various botanical gardens are another key source of inspiration; plants and other elements of nature often crop up in my designs.
How would you describe your universe?
My universe is an invitation to travel to exotic places. You’ll find all sorts of birds, cactuses in pots, tropical plants that are sometimes unfamiliar, sign lettering and beach huts on stilts.
You use a number of different mediums. You paint murals, you do illustrations, you’re a graphic designer… Is there a surface that you are particularly fond of?
My favourite surface is paper. I love being alone in my little nest with my decor, my music and a blank page, my pencils and felt-tip pens in front of me. When a sheet of paper feels too small or when I need to let off steam, I pack my painting bag and go off to paint a wall with my friends. Drawing has a calming effect on me whereas with graffiti I let go and give it all I’ve got.