I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
RIVE GAUCHE

RIVE GAUCHE

About
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Interview
The beauty of working with Rive Gauche is that although the work comes with a photo-quality finish, no photoshoot is required. The angles, lighting and colors can all be adjusted quickly and easily to perfect the final image. A whole range of styles is accommodated, and with decades of experience between them, Frank and Marcel have the ideas and expertise needed to take creative briefs to another level.

Influences include Gustav Doré, Drew Struzan, Frank Frazetta, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.

Approach


“Our approach is cinematic,” says Frank. “We ask ourselves the same questions a storyteller would, then try to set up our artwork like a director would set up a movie set, choosing the frame, lens and depth. Then we create it in 3D and with Photoshop.”

Styles


Photo realism and three-dimensional cartoons are the two main styles Rive Gauche works in, but flexibility is key. Using their complementary skillsets, Frank and Marcel will arrive at the right style for their client’s project.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Rive Gauche: First, the pleasure, since child, to draw... then, of course, the work of precedent illustrators, which show the possibility to mix painting, with narrative intensity and sense of humor... Question: Do you have any formal design training? Rive Gauche: no... I've studied cinema, and worked at the beginning in movie industry Question: Where do you live? Rive Gauche: Small town near Paris, Bievres. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Rive Gauche: Well, a sort of guinness book 'records of mess. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Rive Gauche: Often movies ... Question: How do you get the best ideas? Rive Gauche: Mainly, by draw or sculpting « freely », « around » the project... What technique do you use? Rive Gauche: Now, 3d computer generated pictures, exclusively. Question: Tell us about a fovorite project you have recently completed. Rive Gauche: searching a character for new york tv... sculpting in 3d the character, expressions, gestures, etc.. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Rive Gauche: When the art director and me have a real complicity around visual references, and humoristic concepts ... Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Rive Gauche: Rockwell, Frazetta, Adam Hughes, Doré, Mc Carthy,Moebius, Disney ... and one hundred more ... Question: Do you keep a scetchbook? Rive Gauche: Yes, of course. Question: What are your hobbies? Rive Gauche: Fencing, travels, reading. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Rive Gauche: Mmm... difficult to say... illustrator, maybe?... Question: Who would you like to meet? Rive Gauche: mickey mouse. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Rive Gauche: The paris of the twenties... so full of energy! Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Rive Gauche: Country, bluegrass,jazz, some classics. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Rive Gauche: dreams. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Rive Gauche: I suppose... if possible, I should like to win, just to verify. Question: Do you collect anything? Rive Gauche: books. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Rive Gauche: Chess, billiards.

SELECTED CLIENTS:
Constantin Film AG, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Interseroh Product Cicle GmbH

Favourites
tool: nurbs
gallery: muséemmagrittemuseum
Cafe: a lot of virtual cafe, in different movies
Food: Escargots - I suppose … (it's in my genes, probably)
Drink: depends of the time in the day … or night …
 
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