A Frenchman living in London, George(s) is an illustrator with a taste for the absurd, looking to find the humour in every day situations. We love his clean lines, graphic style and oddball comedy. We asked George(s) 10 questions to find out who he admires, where he likes to work and what music gets him going.
1. Do you listen to music while you draw/paint/illustrate? And if so who or what gets the most plays in your studio?
I spend my days listening to all sort of music. I would say that most of the songs I’m listening are from the 80’s, going from German cold wave like Grauzone to artists like Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, Guru and so on. Guys in my studio are always ready for weird songs and weird dances from me.
2. Which other illustrators or artists do you most admire and why?
I’m a huge fan of artists like David Hockney, Edward hopper, Douanier Rousseau, Saul Steinberg, Bob Godfrey or Richard Williams. Most of them have one thing in common I’m really seeking for in my work without properly finding it still, being the simplicity and purity. They stick to the essential, no flourish.
3. What is the best thing about being an illustrator? And the worst?
The best thing for me as an illustrator is to be able to work on plenty of various subjects. I love so much the challenge of trying to be creative, to find the funny twist in every subject even the most boring ones at first. You discover so many things, open your mind to so many topics and knowledge. If I really had to find a negative aspect in being an illustrator I would say that it’s potentially the fact of having to explain to people and clients that it’s a proper job. Thankfully, there is nice and patient agents here to do the dirty work for us : )
4. How do you overcome a creative block?
When I get stuck on a project I just take a rest, trying to do something I like. Most of the time, with a bike ride, a pint with friends or a good dance, ideas flow again and you’re quickly back on track.
5. What are 3 of your favourite films? Which one would you illustrate the poster for?
That’s a tough one, there are so many movies I love. I would say maybe Blade Runner, the Darjeeling limited and 12 angry men. I would really love to challenge myself on a huge black and white poster of Blade Runner postmodern streets with neon lights and smoke.
6. If you could illustrate the book cover for one book which would it be?
Without a doubt Michel Strogoff from Jules Verne.
7. Dream studio location and set up?
A canopy studio in the luxuriant hills of Crete, overhanging Elafonisi (if we could add a bit of waves to go surfing that would be perfect please). A space to paint, a tiny swimming pool, cold beers, plants, big outside sofa, Amen!
8. Best trip you have ever been on?
Am I too cheesy if I say the illustrator journey, cause that’s a crazy yet beautiful trip! If not, guess what, Crete!
9. Best meal you’ve ever had?
Grilled mackerel filet with mash artichokes and salad in Cornwall (still crying when I think of it).
10. If you could have any artwork in your home what would it be?
Definitely “Le rêve” from Douanier Rousseau in front of my favourite armchair to spend my days looking at it, wayyyyy better than a tv.
You can see George(s)’ portfolio here.
You can also find him on instagram with his handle @call_me_georges