Where do you live?
I live in Leicester, UK.
Where have you lived?
France: St Raphaël, Martinique (in the Caribbean), Montpellier, Paris.
England: Rochester, London.
Since you are French, how did you end up in England?
Long story short, I fell in love with London when I studied there for the third year of my degree. I went back to France to do a Masters degree and when I got the opportunity to do an internship in the UK I seized it!
What medium do you use for your illustrations?
Mostly Indian ink (which I love!), pencil, black artist pens and Photoshop.
How do you stay inspired?
I do my best to always be curious and to look at everyday things as if it were for the first time. I go for walks, look at the details on the buildings, go to the museum every now and again, I experiment with subject matters or mediums that I don’t normally use, I take courses and I make sure I get enough sleep.
Do you have an agent?
Yes, I am represented by Beehive Illustration.
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
A bit of both. I am very tactile and love paper and art supplies so I usually start my artwork traditionally and finish it off in Photoshop.
What colour combination are you most excited about right now?
Black, white and neon colours (especially neon red/peach).
What blog(s) do you read?
Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I get to create things that make me laugh.
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I would probably go back to my old job as a brand naming specialist.
What do you do in your spare time?
I watch TV series and films, write, read, spend time with my boyfriend, see my friends, draw, paint, go for walks in the city and learn to play the ukulele.
What’s your favourite drink?
Non-alcoholic: water. Alcoholic: mojitos.
What are you reading now?
Stand and Deliver: How to become a masterful communicator and public speaker by Dale Carnegie Training and Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie.
What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Twelve Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
What’s your favourite TV show?
At the moment it's an anime called My Hero Academia.
What film(s) have you seen several times?
Lots of them! I think the top 3 are probably: Shrek, Pitch Perfect and Crazy Stupid Love.
One thing people tend to think about you.
Because I am French people tend to assume I'm a wine expert. The truth is: I don’t know anything about wine. Sorry.
One thing people don’t know about you.
I used to be an archery champion in my county when I was 13-14 years old.
What is your ‘work uniform’ like?
Most of the year it’s jean, t-shirt, hoodie.
What do you listen to while you work?
What I listen to really depends on what I am doing and the level of concentration required. Some of my favourite things to listen to: silence (nothing), Mozart, The beautiful blue Danube (on repeat), podcasts (Creative Pep Talk and Hashtag Authentic are my top favourite at the moment), the Mary Poppins soundtrack, Disney songs, music you can dance to (Avicii, Pitbull, Florida, Sia, …). It’s quite an eclectic mix really.
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
I don’t think I could survive in a world where I would have to eat the same thing over and over again. I don’t think I am too picky when it comes to food but I get bored easily with what I eat so I need to mix things up. My first instinct was to say cheese or pasta though.
How do you stay in shape?
I go to the gym at least three times a week, try to have a balanced diet, sleep at least 8 hours a night and take a short nap after lunch whenever I can.
How don’t you stay in shape?
When I get very busy I tend to not eat properly or not eat at all, which is pretty bad. Also, when I don’t sleep enough, don’t go to the gym and those times when I have one too many chocolate biscuits.
What is your biggest ‘Aha’ moment to date?
Take On Me - just kidding (although I do love that song!). I don’t know if it is my biggest Aha moment, but it was pretty big for me: when I realised that the colour of my towels didn’t have to match and that I could have any colour that made me happy, honestly that was huge for me!
What is the best piece of advice that was ever given to you?
When your mind is filled with questions you can’t answer straight away write the questions on a piece of paper, tape the paper to your wall and let your brain work its magic. This technique has done wonders for me!
Whom would you like to meet?
How long do you have? Just a few examples: Frannerd, Mike Lowery, Joanne Hawker, Christine Nishiyama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lilla Rogers, …
What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I really enjoyed the collaboration I did with L’allée du monde, a French blog about expat life. I worked on a series of illustrations to illustrate several points from one of Gabrielle’s articles and had a lot of fun working with her.
What illustration job would you love to get?
I would love to create a stationery and/or gift line for Ohh Deer.