Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Who are you, where are you from and why/how have you become an illustrator?
I am Malo, and I work as a freelance illustrator. After graduating from art school, I have been able to implement a lot of those great things that learnt about, such as illustration, video, animation, drawing… I have always been pretty fond of drawing, and I have actually never been able to imagine anything other drawing.
Can you tell us how the design ‘The Bad, the Good and the Geek’ is about? What was your source of inspiration?
At the time I was into watching these cheap spaghetti western movies from the 1980s. There you could do anything with a pistol, and I felt like expressing something similar. There was a movie – I think it was called ‘Two glorious bastards’ – where this one guy embodied a cliché cowboy with blond hair and blue eyes. And he made me think of a nerdy anti-cowboy hero.
Your designs are as different as ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ and ‘The Photographic City’. Your creativity seems to be quite diverse! I mean, there is a wealth of different sources of inspiration in your work; where do you get it from?
I never need to look long and hard. With laFraise it is always possible to submit images and ideas that stem from any sphere of your imagination.
Are you a fan of Clint Eastwood and westerns in general?
In general I’m a fan of the cinema, and I love so-called bad taste stuff such as ‘Toxic Avenger’ and ‘Troma Entertainment’ just as well as independent movies. My latest discovery is an Iranian film called ‘A Seperation’ – just great!
How long have you known laFraise? And how did you become aware of this little fruit?
I have known laFraise ever since the early days, since Patrice Cassard has been part of it. When I was younger, I was fascinated by the stylistic surety that the early Fraisians showed, and my first contribution was mauled and ripped to pieces. But I didn’t give up, and I took to entering different designs by using a number of pseudonyms. After I had finished my studies, I rediscovered my love for laFraise.
If you were to recommend laFraise to someone, what would you say?
I would say that laFraise is a fantastic platform that gives aspiring designers both freedom and access to a broader public. Submitting a design at laFraise is a bit like building a ship for Vikings. If you launch it, it either sinks immediately or there are a few friendly Vikings who help you fight for your design. With their assistance you can then navigate, row and mend a leaking fuselage until you reach the Promised Land… then your reward is your design printed on a t-shirt!
Do you have any hobbies other than drawing? And if so, which?
I spend quite a lot of time on creative projects, but I also like cooking, going to festivals or simply going out for a pint and eating mince pies at the local.
What projects are in your pipeline for the year to come?
Next to submitting my work to laFraise, I am currently involved with creating a board game inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Here I do the illustrations and mechanics. I also prepare travels to Montreal and New York. And I cannot wait until I will eventually finish my first comic.
Could you sketch your version of strawberries and cream for us? Thank you for this interview, and for the sketch!
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