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Armel Gaulme is a French illustrator born in 1981. Graduated in 2003 from the Penninghen school in Paris, he started his activity by alternating graphic design and illustration assignments for publishing and the youth press. Following his meeting with Maylis de Kerangal, who then directed the Baron Perché publishing house, he illustrated several books devoted to fairy tales (“Il était une fée” collection), historical accounts (“Alexandre et Darius”) as well as a very personal book, an imaginary travel story entitled “Unusual and amazing creatures, met during a long journey, by Mr. Georges Nielson”.
Dividing his illustration work between the imaginary (Magicians, at Casterman Jeunesse; stories by Pierre Bottero, Marie-Aude Murail…) and more encyclopedic research for concept design in the field of animation, cinema and video games, he ends up combining these different approaches by illustrating “The Man Who Wanted to Be King” by Rudyard Kipling, a completely personal project, with no intention of publication.
Thanks to Olivier Souillé and the Daniel Maghen gallery, the book will finally be presented by Caurette Editions, with whom he has several projects, including the “BESTiary”, in the spirit of J.J. Grandville’s drawings. He then turned to the fantastic literature of H.P. Lovecraft with the collection “Les Carnets Lovecraft” at Bragelonne and ancient texts for the centenary collection of the publisher “Les Belles Lettres”.
BESTiary was born from Armel’s desire to reconnect with his love of animals and the dissenters that cradled him. His children in particular will push him to take up his strange sketches again until he reaches a real complete and absolutely unique bestiary. Don’t hesitate to take a look at this book on the Liber Distri website!