We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Paris, France based freelance illustrator Jérémie Claeys.
What are you working on at the moment? Not so much actually. Commercial work in August is always quieter in France, and I’m going on holiday at the end of the week. So I’m not complaining, it’s nice to chill and do personal illustrations. Also I’m experimenting with my new Cintiq, that’s a big change for me! But straight after I’m back from vacation I’ll be working on my second kids book for Les Editions Fleurus (a book about space) and a book cover for Flammarion. Should be fun!
What is your work process like? Do you approach client work differently than personal work? I think I do approach it differently. Clients usually always come to me for the same clean vector style I do. I tend to be bored of this, although it is nice enough people want to hire me to do it. So in my personal work (like my #100WEIRDFACES project I finished lately) I try to experiment more (play with brushes in Photoshop, use collage, no vector allowed illustrations, etc.). Personal work is like a playground to me, an experimentation lab where I discover small stuff I can apply later to my commercial work.
Usually, my illustration process is the same :
• Music + doodle and research
• Clean black and white sketch
• Rough colouring in of my clean sketch in Photoshop
• Podcast + black and white vectorizing in Illustrator
• Coloring and finalising
Favorite work snack? I used to be more sweet than savory, so a while back I was a big Speculoos fan, but lately I got more savory so I lean more towards crisps these days, which is probably not a good thing.
What do you do when you find yourself stuck in the creative process? I used to be stuck big time with colors. It used to seriously freak me out.Always the same stumbling block. But I got more chilled regarding this and now I’m trusting my guts way more than I used to. Obsessing over that one little thing that’s bothering you is never the healthy thing to focus on :-) I got better with creative blocks, I know it’s part of the process, it happens, it happens to my design heroes, it happened to me and I always found my way out so I know it’s not an unsolvable evil. These days, if it happens, I take a deep breath, I decide to let go of this damn computer, I go for a walk or I decide to sleep on it. Coming back to it the next day with fresh eyes is always working for me.
Follow Jérémie on instagram and check out his portfolio at www.jeremieclaeys.com