Based in Paris, Frank began as an airbrush and acrylic illustrator but graduated to digital techniques with the advent of Photoshop. He learned his trade from experienced illustrators like Jochen Hein, developing his own individual working process and visual language. Highly experienced in the field, Frank is easy-going, takes genuine interest in his clients and their brands, and is a perfectionist in everything he does. He won’t stop working until an image is just right.
Frank’s images are all based on photography, but he approaches them with an illustrator’s eye. He casts, styles and directs his own photo shoots to capture all the elements he needs, bringing them together in Photoshop to create his more-real-than-real artworks. If there’s anything he can’t photograph, he uses his CGI skills and/or stock photography to fill the gap.
Working in a photorealistic style – influenced by artists like John Salt, Chuck Close and Don Eddy – Frank always wants viewers to ask, ‘How did they shoot that?’ For him, that’s what makes a successful image.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Frank: I got to know American photorealists. And it went "klick" or "wham" or whatever- no maybe not "wham". Question: Do you have any formal design training? Frank: It was rather some sort of a private education working as the assistant and friends of many very talented photorealists - and it caused a lot of sweat. Question: Where do you live? Frank: In the Paris suburbs, where the main attraction is a large prison. But unfortunately you can´t paint the walls. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Frank: A wild collection of film memorabilia and lots of other stuff, it´s like a creative cocoon. And some dust... Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Frank: Films and films and films and series and other illustrators and other photographers and the images of other artist and much about anything. I am of the opinion that today everything merges and one can not differ one art from the other so much anymore, at least regarding inspiration. Question: What technique do you use? Frank: Photography, C.G.I. and Photoshop, not always in this order. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Frank: A poster-campaign for a TV channel with a shooting of a cow and a mountain farmer in Austria and at the same time a campaign for a sports magazine with a football and a rugby player in the bedroom. Challenging and exhausting, but great! Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Frank: Any kind of movie poster, with the shooting of the actors and all that. Also any kind of campaign which includes a technical challenge. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Frank: Drew Struzan, Amsel, Frank: Adam Hugues, Ian Mc Caig, J.C. Leyendecker, Alphons Mucha, Paul Lasaine, Ryan Church, Sebastian Krüger, Yannick Dusseault, Jochen Hein for illustration und painting. Richard Avedon, David la Chapelle, Jean Loup Sieff, Gregory Crewdson, Annie Leibovitz, Jean Baptiste Mondino, David Burnett, William Klein for photography. Question: What are your hobbies? Frank: Getting people to dance on a Saturday night. So DJ-ing for a long time now. And my Harley and my kids- not necessarily in this order. Question: Who would you like to meet? Frank: God and Santa Claus. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Frank: I would much rather travel into the future. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Frank: House, Electro, Deephouse and sometimes R´n B´. Question: Do you collect anything? Frank: A lot of things that have to do with a certain film genre as you can see in the picture.
Mövenpick, Osram, RTL, Bayer, Constantin Film, OBI, ProSiebenSat1, Pfizer, Volkswagen, Virgin, Mercedes, Lindt, BNP Paribas, Danone, Joop, Landliebe, KenzoFavourites
: Canon EOS 1 ds Mark 3
: Musée d’Orsay
: Da lasse ich mich gerne treiben, in Paris gibt’s da genug …
: O’Sullivans Irish Pub, Place Blanche, Paris Pigalle
: Pffff, auch da gibt es zuviel. Alles außer Meeresfrüchte!
: WAS? ein DJ der nur Apfelschorle trinkt - wo gibt’s denn das???