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Magazine illustration

illustration de magazine
Sculptor Bartholdi at work

Besides my visual activity, I often work in magazine illustration. I particularly like it because it takes me out of my comfort zone. Indeed, you need a strong desire to document yourself in order to precisely illustrate the images that match the narration. An exercise that I love because it allows me to explore new artistic horizons.

Drawings of characters, scenes of life, still lifes or landscape paintings… There are many pretexts to broaden one’s graphic palette. Historical scenes give me immense pleasure: to dive into History in order to bring to life through drawings famous or forgotten people or places. It exerts a certain fascination.

Substantive files allow us to understand, through multiple visuals. A rich iconography at the service of the author of the text. A special alchemy, a link between text and images.

New York magazine France-Amérique has commissioned a new report from me to illustrate. The incredible story of Coca Cola, which is suing Vin Mariani for trademark infringement. American giant against the Corsican family business has allowed me to paint a large number of gouaches and watercolors on the United States as well as a few paintings on Corsica.

An opportunity also to paint some famous figures such as the sculptor Bartholdi, or Doctor Pemberton, the inventor of Coca Cola. Illustrating for a magazine allowed me to explore many anecdotes from history.

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Verdun historic illustration

Illustration about WWI in Verdun

It was with great pleasure and emotion that I participated in a new contribution for France-Amérique magazine based in New York. This time, I was asked to make four watercolors on paper to illustrate the narration of a very beautiful text on a rather special guided tour: the trenches of Verdun. Dive into the heart of the villages during the First World War to illustrate the cemeteries, forts and memorials of this great conflict.

In order to bring a little joie de vivre and cheerfulness to this theme, I opted for bright colors and a cheerful palette of tones. Large watercolor juices allow landscapes to give back a little taste for life with an atmosphere more shimmering than grayish.

It is not a question of truncating a sad and brooding reality, but of approaching the subject with illustrations with a fresher, spring-like treatise. In any case, the pleasure and the emotion were at the rendezvous for the creation of this series of visuals.

Each time I am doing illustrations for magazines, it is a great satisfaction to create new visuals, especially with such an intense meaning.

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