Instagram : @girard_eloise

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

I’m a french illustrator from France, I studied biology for 2 years after my bachelor but I really missed art in my life… I really enjoyed working on microorganisms and perform dissections but my favorite part was always to draw them in my notebook. My parents wish me to follow a scientific path but I choose to go to an art school and studied art and 3D animation for 4 years. After that, I choose to quit the 3D world and be a freelance illustrator. And now I draw all day long as a living!

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I love to work with shapes and colors, I always try to unite curves and angles, sensibility and strength. I have synesthesia which allows me to see colors when I think of words or people I know and I think it’s why I have a particular relationship with colors.
If I could qualify my work I would say it’s sensitive and harmonious.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I really love digital illustration because everything is under control. When I work on paper, I’m never sure how the ink or the paint will react, it’s always messy ( and I must say that I am really clumsy). Digital drawing allows me to control everything and change things whenever I want. It’s a real time saving concerning colors too!

4. What is your artistic process like?

When I begin an illustration I always draw a flowy and messy sketch, based on the general idea I have, the movement and the composition I want. Then I work on this sketch and define it. I draw the line art and add all the details I want. Concerning colors, I often make a “color sketch” to be sure about the colors I want to include and experiment a bit before drawing the final. For my final piece, I try to stay really organized and I have a lot of layers, so I can change everything when I want to, without wasting time. I can say that I’m really intuitive at the beginning and I stay very organized at the end of the process.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I’m principally inspired by nature and the people around me. My sister is always a strong reference concerning feminine characters in my work. As well as all the fairytales and stories I read when I was a child. Of course, I’m inspired by a lot of artists thanks to the internet.

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

Art is how I express myself and it’s a really big part of my personality and my life. I always feel the urge to draw people I see and keep in mind the color palette I see in real life. Colors are truly the first thing I notice, especially in movies and art. My art defines me, it’s the only thing I can do all day without being bored and the thing I miss the most when I don’t have my tools with me… Moreover, I think it really helps me have better confidence in myself!

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7. Where did you study?

I studied at the ESMA school of Toulouse (France).

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I really hope I will edit one or more books and comics, and that I could live well thanks to my art. I wish I could move to the countryside too!

9. What about in ten?

I see myself with a lot more books and big illustration projects. Maybe a kid? And a big studio to draw without being disturbed.

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

I really hope I could move people with my illustrations, share feelings and dreams. I often ask myself what’s the purpose of art, and I didn’t find the answer yet. The only thing I know is that it’s pretty hard to live without it.

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

I’m french and it’s really cliché to say it but I absolutely love cheese! And Italian food like lasagna. And all kinds of sweets!

12. Favourite book?

It’s a hard question. I will say the novella The Shadows over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft. But I’m also fond of Bradbury and Barjavel…

13. Favourite genre of music?

I love indie pop, psychedelic rock… A lot of different things actually.

14. What are your hobbies?

Besides drawing, I love linocut, indie video games, books and movies of course…

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

I think I would be an entomologist or a writer.

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