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Cerise La Castagne – Illustrator –

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Cerise La Castagne Illustrations

– The Interview –

 

 

 

Cerise, where are you based and what about your artistic background?

 

In France, currently in Besancon, close to Switzerland.

Well, I’ve always been passionate about drawing and comics. Thanks to specialized studies in publishing, I worked in publishing houses of comics and children’s books in Paris and Montreal. I made beautiful encounters that thaught me a lot.

Afterwards, I did some exhibitions and worked with skateboard brands, roller derby clubs, associations and with a lot of great people!

Then I chose to start working on my own as a graphic designer and an illustrator.

 

 

 

 

Who or what made you become an Illustrator?

 

Nothing in particular ! It’s just that the illustration has always fascinated me. This is the activity in which I feel good !

 

 

 

 

 

What were your first artistic influences?

 

Black and white comics, tattoos and punk & rockabilly music.

 

 

 

 

 

Is your style changed over time? How do you define it today?

 

Yes, my style has evolved but I still have trouble defining it precisely!

 

 

 

 

 

What are the subjects you love to represent and the stories you love to tell?

Women in search of freedom! Haha! It’s really the type of portrait that I prefer to represent.

I like to imagine characters who assert themselves, who explore, who seek, who are passionate! That’s why we find a lot of details around my characters … they are elements of their stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your main sources of inspiration?

 

People, travels, books and tattoos.

 

 

 

What kind of techniques do you use?

 

Felts at first. And then Indian ink to make beautiful blacks.

 

 

 

Tell me 3 things that inspire you right now.

 

LIGHTS.

ROADS.

TATTOOS.

 

 

 

 

 

How your studio looks like?

 

 

 

Do you listen to music while you work? If yes, what?

 

Yes, but it’s not easy to answer !

I listen to a lot of different styles of music (blues rock, psychobilly, punk & celtic punk, balkan music, ska…), sometimes depending on the projects I’m working on but if I think carefully, I still have my favorites : Dirty Deep, Left Cruiser, Pokey Lafarge and Goran Bregovic.

 

 

 

 

When you are not inspired what do you do?

 

Hmm, it’s rather variable! I go for a walk in the nature with my dogs, join friends or stroll in a bookstore !

 

 

 

 

 

What are your current projects?

 

Currently, I am working on several projects that are important to me!

The exhibition at Roll the Bones, of course, but also a collective exhibition with artist friends that will take place in Paris in September 2018.

And in parallel, I work on a range of new objects.

 

 

 

Have you any future plans or artistic dreams that you can share with us?

 

I work to create my own clothing and accessories line and I will be delighted to become both an illustrator and a tattoo artist.

 

 

 

Where can we follow Cerise La Castagne Art?

On Facebook @ceriselacastagneillustrations and on Instagram @ceriselacastagne !

 

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