Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Interview: 10 Questions with the INCREDIBLE Laurent Durieux!

Laurent Durieux
website: http://www.laurentdurieux.com
images copyright Laurent Durieux

10 Questions with Laurent Durieux

 1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art? 

Mostly digital, a WACOM intuos Pro. On Photoshop.

2.... can you describe your creative process when making art? 

Well I first do very rough sketches on bits and pieces of paper that are still laying around on my desk, then I gather all sorts of documentation if needed and then I refine the sketch into something that will look mostly like the finished art and add colours to it. Once that is done, I start re-drawing everything onto my palette in Black and white. Then I add all the colours and remove pretty much all black outlines of my original drawing. That is very time consuming but the result is quite striking.

3.... what helps boost your creativity?

Difficult to answer really, but knowing people will (hopefully) dig what I do is a great boost, I don't want to disappoint anyone and myself included. Doing different things also helps me not getting into a routine that would be deadly as an artist. My fellow poster artists also give me great creative boosts, people who raise the bar so high that they bring you to another level. I am such a big fan of so many artists, old and new. I keep my eyes peeled and remain being in admiration of other people's work.

4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

Sort of the same as above,

5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

I wish really I knew what the secret was. First, being true to yourself, being as original as possible, get away from the clichés and the obvious. Not taking into consideration the time it takes to do, time is not (or shouldn't be) an issue when you are creating.

6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

It's essential! For any career and especially for a creative career.

7.... how and when do you get your best ideas?

I couldn't say, I'm still waiting for my best ideasŠ :-)

8.... who are your favorite artists?

It depends in what field, my list would be so extensive. Let's just say that some of my biggest influences are Jean Giraud "M¦bius", François schuiten, Arthur Radebaugh, Edgar P. Jacobs, Milton Glaser, Kawase Hasui, NormanRockwell, Edward Hopper, Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay, Fortune magazine's Antonio Petruccelli, M.C. Escher and Carl Larsson to name a fewŠ

9.... do you offer workshops for artists?

No, but I do teach graphic design.

10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

Find your own style and universe, think out of the box, give great care to composition and drawing, be passionate about what you do and about what other artists do too, don't count your hours, do not take yourself seriously, but do whatever you do seriously. Be open to other forms of art and embrace them.

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