Vicky: What drew you to illustration/design? Vincent: As my father was a photographer, I grew in an environment in which pictures have a great place. At 13, loving drawing, in love with a André Franquin’s work, I have decided to be an Illustrator. Vicky: Do you have any formal design training? Vincent: I went to the ESAG-Penninghen Graphic Arts school in Paris, and got with distinction my diploma. During those studies, through the Erasmus program, I went to the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin for few months, where I follow illustration courses by Hennig Wagenbreth, and made wooden toys prototypes. Vicky: Where are you originally from? Vincent: I have been dropped in Normandy, France, with a family name which seems to come from Norway, or Estonia for the north, or from Greece or further for the south. There is great probability that my ancestors, perhaps some merchants, came with the Malta Knights who founded an hospital in my city in Normandy in the XII century. As my mother is Austrian born, that brought some ADN from central Europe. All those ingredients have been mixed up in the nice city of Villedieu, where I grew with my two brothers. Vicky: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Vincent: I live in Paris since 1992. My flat is in the 14th arrondissement, in an old 19th century working class building. I went here when I met my former girlfriend. The 14th is an old artistic quarter of Paris, near Montparnasse, where a lot of American artists stayed between the two World Wars. Vicky: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Vincent: My studio is in my flat, a nice square room with nice light and a lot of things spread out. Mountains of papers and books are generally doing unexpected changes of place. A living place. Vicky: Describe the view from your studio window? Vincent: I can see my neighbour looking at me through his window, (has he the same interview?). There is a dog shop, with amazing clothes, clients put some pets in them. Packaging is very important for dogs now days.
Vicky: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Vincent: One of my biggest inspiration come from the Monty Python. I love nonsense humour overall, and this incredible team has produced efficient tv shows and movies in which there is a unique graphic signature, thanks to Terry Gilliam. An improbable recipe at first, which worked fantastically. Vicky: Do you keep a scrapbook? Vincent: I have a lot of free papers drawn, which colonize my rooms and do their life, no real scrapbook. In fact, I’m happy to tell you that I keep a scrapflat. Vicky: What are your interests outside of illustration? Vincent: First of all, my two little boys. When they come to my home, we are three happy kids. Vicky: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Vincent: Two main projects in reality: The growing serial of "Gunk Aliens" (6 Books at this time), a serial written by Jonny Moon for Harper Collins. Those books are funny, characters are very well built, and it’s a pleasure to make around 40 Black and white pictures for each book, with silly aliens and a cute journalist. Secondly "Is Cool", a Game by Café.com hosted by Facebook. I have made the AD and designed all the kiwi characters which represent the level you have, and pictures players have to collect in an album. It seems to be a real success with several millions of players in a growing number of countries. As this game needs continuously new characters and pictures, I’m a happy guy. Vicky: Who is/are your design hero/es? Vincent: A dinosaur, but a tyrannosaurus Rex: Raymond Loewy. What an interesting career! Vicky: Have you any hidden talents? Vincent: I make clay modeling. I create character designs in volume and paint them with airbrush. I used this technic for my diploma, a concept for an animated movie. Vicky: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Vincent: My great aunt, who was an amazing person. Professor of English, she was fascinated by England. She would be very happy to see that I draw regularly for British or American clients.