Could you introduce yourself?
Camille de Cussac, illustrator from Paris, aged 24. Member of the french collective Jaune Cochon ( yellow pig), and part of the duo of Robert Beverly Hills.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I think I am a positive person, I try to be generous in my work, producing daily illustrations.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?
I don’t know if I really stand apart in the art industry, but maybe my style is recognisable thanks to the flashy colors i use, and my quirky characters.
How would you describe your art style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
Positive, generous, naive, colourful. I hope it reflects something nice.
Who are the individuals in your work? Friends, family, strangers?
It can be perfect strangers I found on tumblr, on vintage pictures on some flea markets in France or other countries.
Sometimes when I need to invent a character for a book for example, I collect some pictures of one movie star or singer to have a base for my character, an attitude, a face, a size; and after I can change some details to make my character. I always work from something existant and I adapt it like i want.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Look what’s going on around you : WATCH and LISTEN, go to the museum, to the exhibitions, to the cinema, find your inspiration everywhere.
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
Right now I’m listening to the French Music of the 70’s, maybe it could captures some emotion of my work.
What's one thing that has to do with art that others might not know about you?
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
When I start a new project, I need pictures, images, I need to imagine the universe I want to develop in my inspirations. So I start a big research, on Tumblr, Pinterest, and I collect a lot of images. I really like this part, I fell like I’m doing shopping. After I start the sketching part, I’m looking for the characters, the colors, and at this time I really need the advises of my friends from my collective Jaune Cochon, it really helps me to hear from them, and to have a new and clear look about my work. I couldn’t work alone in my flat everyday whithout exterior contact.
What’s a typical day for you?
A drawing day is a good day for me
Coffee or tea?
What are some of your goals for 2017?
I want to travel more and more
What makes you happy?
Beer, colors, costumes, carnaval, my dog hunting baguettes on the street, the soft coo of my dove Enrico in the morning, cheese, pop corn, finishing a sketchbook, the sun
Any closing comments?
Very cool name Golden Boy, I love it.
My illustrator collective Jaune Cochon