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Nicolas Delort – Interview for – English Version

Nicolas Delort – Interview for – English Version

As you may know, last week Geek-Art collaborated with French Paper Art Club and released an exceptional screen print by Nicolas Delort, a young and talented French artist.  This beauty, limited to 35 pieces all hand signed and numbered, was sold out very quickly. Nicolas was kind enough to answer a few questions at this occasion…

1/ Could you introduce yourself and explain us your path ?

I followed Physical Sciences studies before leaving for an art school. After my degree, I worked as a freelance for some French publishers. My personal work finally came to a certain recognition via tumblr and the social networks. Now most of my working projects are coming from the USA.

Signing A Woman’s Courage for Geek-Art and French Paper Art Club

2/ How did you reach this artistic style you’re now famous for ?

I began working in black and white after a Rembrandt’s engravings art show at the Louvre a few years ago. I mixed this with my personal video games influences, and here I am.


Eboshi-sama from Mononoke Hime – Galerie Daniel Maghen

3/ How do you work ?

Usually I begin with series of very small sketches. Once I’m happy with one, I scan it, and work a bit on it via Photoshop. Then I make a digital drawing, before working on a scratch card.


 4/ What is your thinking process to find the final composition of your drawings ?

Usually I’m working on classical composition rules. But I try to visualize the scenery in my head, just like I was a cameraman turning around my subjects to find the best point of view.


The Path of Faith – LTD GAllery

5/ How do like to work ? With music ? By night ? 

I often begin to work on early afternoon, but I’ m really at full speed  during the evening, and I usually keep on working until I fell asleep on my desk. I work with TV shows I already know or an audiobook in background. If I’m listening to music, I would say 2/3 of the times it’s classical, the rest is dedicated to movies or video games OSTs.

The Book of Tyrael ©Blizzard Ent.

The Book of Tyrael ©Blizzard Ent.

6/ What are your artistic inspirations ?

I try to find it via different media than illustration. I’m really interesting in photography and romantic paintings from the 19th century. I also use a lot of my personal travel pictures for my landscapes and sceneries.


Penelope, Queen of Ithaca

7/ What is your relationship with pop culture ?

It’s quite specific. I’m watching lots of TV shows, and I read a lot, but I seldom go to the movies, and I’m not really into comics. I’m really good on a few stuff though, like Harry Potter, or Twin Peaks, but my personal knowledge in pop culture, especially music or cinema, is quite limited.


Where the Wild Things Are – Mondo

Wicked I shall be


8/ Do you remember your first « geek » memory ?

I’d like to say that it was my Sierra adventure games. I almost learned to read and write thanks to games like King’s Quest or Space Quest. I still remember most of the enigmas of those games today !


Warhammer 40,000 – Black Library Classics

Trollslayer – Black Library Cover

9/ What is your favorite artistic creation, the one that touched you the most, whatever it might be ?

I think this is Six Feet Under. It’s not my favorite TV show (my favorite one is the X-Files), but it’s certainly the one that touched me the most.


Cover for Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory – Solaris Books

10/ Is there something you dream to work on ?

I would LOVE to illustrate a Harry Potter collection. Despite of its flaws, this series is a real gold mine for an illustrator.


12/ What work are you most proud of ?

I don’t really get attached to my drawings, and considering the time I spend on them, I don’t really want to watch them again once finished. This said, my « Mother’s Day » drawing is really special to me, because I’m very attached to its  theme and composition. I would love to rework it now that I improved my technique, but I have to focus on new projects !


Mother’s Day

13/ What are those future projects of yours ?

My agent found me some nice editorial projects in the US, and I also have some special screen prints projects to come. I have many personal projects too, but when official stuff is coming, it’s hard to find time to work on it.


A Rumor of Angels by Dale Bailey for

Quick questions !

If you were a movie ? Mononoke Hime

If you were a comics character ? Hellboy

If you were a video game ? Secret of Monkey Island

If you were a TV show ? The X-Files

If you were a robot ? Arale Norimaki (Dr. Slump)

If you were a vehicle ? I’m not sure… But it would be drawn by Akira Toriyama

If you were a cult weapon ? Cloud’s Buster Sword from  FF7

If you were a film director ? Kurosawa

If you were an actor ? Gillian Anderson (hell yeah)

If you were a toy ? The first Gameboy

If you were a comic book ? Hellboy

If you were an OST ?  Morricone’s For a Few Dollars More

Thomas Olivri

Thomas Olivri est le créateur de, le curateur du Geek-Art Store, et auteur de livres sur la pop culture et l'art inspiré par les cultures de l'imaginaire.Thomas Olivri is the funder of, curator of the Geek-Art Store, and the author of books dedicated to art and pop culture

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