Nicolas Delort – Interview for Geek-Art.net – 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 !
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 Tor.com
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