Instagram: @gaspart_illustration

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Salut! My name is Gaspart, I’m 34 years old. I was born in Normandy, France but I spent most of my childhood in a little village surrounded by a forest in the “Yvelines” department in north-central of the country. Now I’m living in a super cool place called the “Île Saint-Louis” one of the two natural islands in Paris. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved drawing.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like to make characters with over-exaggerated proportions (little head, big arms, and super tall legs..). My style is Minimalistic and simplified and the colors I use are most of the time Brights, bolds, vibrant and saturated (with a palette between 3 and 6 colors max.)

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Sometimes I think that I should draw more on paper like I used to do but for the moment my favorite medium is 100% digital: illustrator + my good old graphic tablet

4. What is your artistic process like?

Spending time searching for a concept is very important to me. I find it by talking with people or in daily life by looking at my surroundings. When I finally get my idea, I first start to sketch on my tablet for the first version. When I’m satisfied with the composition and the proportions, I clean the line and put the colors (Finding the right set of colors is also a very important part of the process).

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Thanks to social networks, they are so many cool artists that inspire me every day. Also and has I said in the previous question, I’m visually curious and I like to take inspiration in daily life. I’m definitively not a big talker but I really like to observe my environment. At last, I have always been interested in old fashion styles (the 1920s – 1930s).

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I’m quite an introvert person always trying to restraint/control myself. Art is essential to me. It’s a way of expression, a way to let go. Most of the time, When I’m drawing, I get into that state called the “flow” (when you feel super focus and time is flying).

For a dreamer like me… living in a world that is sometimes too serious and stressful, art is like an escape to something lighter and more colorful.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied design for 6 years (print and digital) at LISAA and HETIC, two Parisians schools.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Because we are in a world that is permanently changing and moving fast, keeping evolving/transforming is essential. Within five years I would like to have grown significantly my skills and above all, my artistic universe. Also, I hope I will be in the right environment to do it.

9. What about in ten?

There is an artist I have been following for a long time: the sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. I think he has a great concept. He creates statues of people and places them on the ocean floor as if it was an underwater museum. But the important detail is that these sculptures are made from a special material that helps coral reef growth.

In 10 years I would like to use my art to serve an environmental purpose as he does.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

That with time, It becomes a strong way of expression. A way to share emotions but also a way to send messages and to contribute to something bigger than myself.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favorite food?

Bread 🍞 + charcuterie 🐷 + red wine 🍷

12. Favorite book?

Treasure Island 💀 by Robert Louis Stevenson. I have always been fascinated by pirates’ adventures! Ahoy!

13. Favourite genre of music?

Music is very important in my creative process. The type of music I listen to is generally linked with the subject of the illustration I’m working on. But if I had to choose one genre of music I would go for the jazz age in the 1920s-1930s with a good old swing!

14. What are your hobbies?

Drawing of course! I like to take pictures of my surroundings. I go to the gym regularly. It’s the best way to de-stress and to move after sitting inillustration_carpeaky_blinders_inspiration front of my screen all day long.
I like to go to places where I can enjoy nature and large outdoor spaces.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

It’s difficult to answer but I guess I would do something related to handicraft.