Born in France, Claire spent a few years in Algeria as a child but lived in the UK most of her life. She worked in London for many years and was selling images of the city’s great buildings at Greenwich Market when she was discovered by our agency, which soon led to a burgeoning client list.
Claire’s city sketches and architectural illustrations have been published in book form by Pictura, and she has a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University.
First of all, Claire works out a composition and some ideas for the image using quick sketches to show to her client, perhaps including drawings and images from her database. She then creates a line drawing in Indian ink, scans it into Photoshop and works on the color digitally.
Traditional ink line drawing is the cornerstone of Claire’s style, but with a fresh, modern touch to it thanks to her original pen work and the introduction of digital color.
Question: What first drew you to illustration/design? Claire: Seeing the fantastic imagination in children's illustrated books. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Claire: I have a BA in Fine Art at Kingston University, I used to make stop frame animations inspired by folks tales when I was studying. But I chose to go back to my childhood love of drawing for my work. I mostly like the paraphernalia that comes with film and photography. Question: You live in London. What drew you there? Claire: The huge metropolis that it is. Anything goes, people do what they like and dress how they like no one bats an eyelid. Real sense of freedom, a change from where I come from; France. Question: Where is your studio? Claire: I'm very lucky to be able to work from home. My studio is in the spare room. Question: Who/What is your biggest inspiration? Claire: Independent product and fashion designers, craft makers. It's really stimulating seeing what people are busy making in their studios. So much creativity! Question: How do you get your ideas? Claire: I go to galleries, the cinema, museums, book shops. I love to research online or visit independent shops. There are amazing things happening out there, it's really exciting! I walk around town too there's a lot to learn in observing. Question: Do you collect anything? Claire: I love quirky and old toys but tin toys especially. I have quite a few but I'd love to fill a room with cabinets full them. I have a lot of old cameras too photographic and super 8 film cameras, beautiful objects.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Claire: No I don't but I take a lot of pictures of anything I find interesting. I also keep aside addresses of inspiring websites, what people are making, thinking. I often refer to them all. Question: What are your interests outside of work? Claire: I love to visit a museum. The latest I went to is the Hunterian Museum. An enormous collection of dissected animals in formaldehyde, fascinating! Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed Claire: I recently worked with the exciting Scottish designers at Whitespace on a brochure for a large lawyer's firm. I illustrated the cities where they have offices: Edinburgh, Dubai, London, Nottingham. Question: What would be your "dream job/commission"? Claire: I'd love to be commissioned to promote visiting the different villages/parts of London and the rest of the UK. Also advertising worldwide destinations too. Question: Who are your art heroes? Claire: The animators Lotte Reiniger, Jan Svankmajer. I have a soft spot for Sophie Calle's work, Margaret Killgallen, Kuniyoshi. I admire a lot of outsider artists like Adolf Wolfli, the postman Cheval for their relentless dedication.
Local Rezults, Vöegele Ad Campaign 2011, Coast Magazine, DKNY for Glamour Magazine, Vöegele Ad Campaign 2010, Walmart, Fiskens, Cambridge University Press, Whitespace Design Agency, Dublin City Council, British Heart Foundation, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Scholastic, AOKFavourites
: The Breakfast Club Soho
Very friendly atmosphere and delicious sandwiches!
: The Wellcome Trust Gallery
: Luna and Curious
on 198 Brick Lane (they don't have much of a website but well worth a visit)
: Raw Vision
(Outsider Art Magazine)