I had the chance to be invited by SHVFS to give a lecture about concept art. I’m not going to talk about how nervous I was and clueless of what I could say. But, the best part was that I found myself in Shanghai for a week, with a lot of free time to go around and the chance to take some pictures.
Although I ate all the proofs of this: the food was awesome.
So I moved to Beijing,
I was invited to work on the Zhang Yimou movie “The Great Wall” staring Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Jing Tian, Lu Han.
After the project, I was invited to stay at Base-FX as a Concept Artist. They have given me the chance to work on a big variety of projects, both chinese and american movies. Things have been going very quickly this last year, and I’m looking forward for more, but it didn’t give me the time to post. I will try to share more eventually!
Here is some sketch made in Beijing in 2015…
I’ll post some photos soon also!
So it’s been a while since I wrote something!
Lots of stuff changed since my last post, I’ve been really busy, but here’s the work-related news:
I spent the last year working on X-Men : Days Of Future Past as a set designer, and although it took all my free time for a year, it was a real blast.
It was hard to go to the studio at that time, but the project allowed me and the rest of the team to be really creative in many ways. We had the opportunity to design in all direction: sci-fi, 70ies, an ancient monastery, etc…. (That’s why in the movie industry, we all love time travel)
Had the chance to redesign some iconic pieces of the X-men world, like the Cerebro Console.
I’ll check if I can get some pictures cleared to post them here, otherwise, it’s mostly all over the internet at that time. It’s been out for…. like 6 weeks I think? And we are really happy here that the film is a success and a good movie (those two don’t necessarily go together).
I’m currently finishing work on another movie, The Walk by Robert Zemeckis
(staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Lebon and Sir Ben Kingsley) It tells the story of frenchman Philippe Petit that illegaly crossed on a wire the World Trade Center Twin Tower in 1974.
Too much work these days,
I’m really impatient now to go back to the studio to work on my own stuff,
but bills have to be paid (and I must say I’m lucky to work in that industry as a designer since its always fun)
So I’m now back to my human being state,
There was a big art contest in Montreal from the art gallery Arsenal, which is for those who don’t know, a very big gallery in Montreal. (and as a former architect, I can’t help to notice that their space is AMAZING)
The contest is called “Les Ateliers” and give the chance to young artist to have two months workshop with big names in the art world, so I’m pretty excited. The deadline was yesterday though, but you can always check it here if you are interrested in the matter.
The other good news is that it gave me a very big boost to produce the ideas that I had in my head, so I know have a new serie coming up! If you did check my instagram account you saw some preview already. I should post it in the next days. Give me the time to arrange the gallery properly first. Like I said, my speed of production this month wasn’t human, it reminded me of my years as an architecture student.
In case you missed the preview, here they are:
Looking forward to hear back from them! hopefully…
lots of movement these days, will keep you posted but I might be too busy for a post,so I suggest checking my instagram account, that’s faster.
In case you didn’t notice, it’s in the links in the sidebar. but you can always click here!
If you are around Montreal next week, I’ll be at the event “East to West” of the screenprinting studio “La Bourgeoise Sérigraphe”.
(click the picture for the link to the facebook event, with the address and more info)
I will be selling a limited edition screenprint that I’m not gonna show before the event, but all the remaining copies will be available on this site after.
A selected group of artists from all around North America will be presenting and selling some of their homemade screenprints!
If you don’t own a screenprint yet, then it’s the perfect time!
I’ll be showing one of my projects alongside the some of Canadian’s big names:
Sophie Casson, Marie-Eve Gauthier, Véronique Meignaud, Vilx Mu, Johnnycrap, Beans & Bacon, just to name a few.
There will be also “gigposters” screenprints made from american “Flatstocks” by Gary Houston, Billy Perkins, Nate Duval, Gregg Gordon, Bobby Dixon, Jared Connor, Farley Bookout and more!
Even bigger names!
It’s going to be awesome. SERIOUSLY.
Andy McDougall, the master screenprinter behind squeegeeville, will be present at the event and will also be giving an advanced class following the exhibition. Actually…the class is full already…but the exhibition isn’t!!!
Just stamping some screenprints these days for an upcoming show. I will keep you posted on that.
I decided to make stamps to authentificate all the screenprints coming out from me, so here it is:
Those amazing stamps were made with the help of Central Stamp in Montreal,
click here for their website.
Today, I happened to be screenprinting on the same screen as the very talented illustrator Sophie Casson, which is also a family friend. I didn’t know she was going to the same screenprinting studio. She’ll even be in the same exhibition in two weeks…
Small world mm?
The studio is “La Bourgeoise Sérigraphe”, it’s where I learned to do screenprinting and where I keep going to do stuff. You can have more info here.
I’m just realizing now that I never presented myself,
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions!
Obviously, the first week isn’t especially entertaining.
In order to have a real fresh start, I decided to whiten everything I had done so far:
the tests, the incompletes, the not good enought or even those I just got tired of looking.
So here you go, dozens of white canvases.
Now all I need is inspiration….
Oh okay, I’ll post something I did two weeks ago in order to keep the interest. I know my dirty studio floor is not so captivating.
Here is my favorites from a live drawing session I went two weeks ago.