Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Who are you, where are you from and why/how have you become an illustrator?
Hello laFraise, my name is Julien, and I work as a freelance graphic designer in Paris. Before that I studied art in Brittany (Lorient) and in Alsace (Mulhouse).
It’s a little bit ironic that I’ve started sketching so much again after graduating from uni. People hardly ever draw at art schools, really. There are special schools for this type of thing.
What do you like drawing?
I don’t have a favourite theme, I just blaze away sketching at random. I need a goal, a project. That’s why the T-Shirt Contest is a great catalyst for me. I get the chance to develop myself in a variety of aspects. It’s the same with my style: I keep discovering new facets of creativity with every new challenge. I just gave portraying Poulbout’s characters a go with pencil drawings. These are extremely naive characters in a cheesy Parisian setting.
What kind of music do you listen to when sketching? And where do you get your inspiration from?
I listen to all kinds of stuff, from electro to rock. And one of my favourite producers is Siriusmo from Berlin – a big hello to your Berlin office! And then I spend far too much time on websites like ffffound, behance or booooooom to get fresh creative input.
How long have you known of laFraise? And how did you become aware of this little fruit?
According to my profile, I’ve been with laFraise for 7 years already. Time flies! But I can’t really remember how I got aware of the site. Probably a link that I liked on an image share site.
Which 4 laFraise T-shirts do currently you like best?
I need more coffee by Malo. Kudos, great work!
Giant Robot and the kid by Steven T
Free Hug by Zone infinite
Richard by Georgeslemercenaire a big value at laFraise.
Is there a particular website or artist that you would like to recommend?
The websites I mentioned earlier are highly recommendable, and also thefoxisblack, brandnew, grandpapier… And then there are quite a few great illustrators: Josh Cochran, Niv Bavarsky, Tim Lahan, Nick Iluzada, Sam Bosma, Rich Kelly, Jilian Tamaki…and also Christophe Blain, Winschluss, Gipi, Goossens, Brecht Evans, Vincent Broquaire…
Do you have any hobbies other than drawing?
Watching TV series, freeline skating (TV alone would be embarrassing), baking cookies.
Imagine you were…
- a movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- a band: Chromeo
- a colour: the colours of a bubble anemone(quadricolor)
- a book: Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer
- a famous person, dead or alive: Michael de Santa in GTA – he dies in the end, but not really. Perfect!
Perfect. Would you mind sketching your version of strawberries and cream for us?
See his portfolio on Behance
See his Facebook page