1. Chloé Nicolay

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    Chloé Nicolay is an Illustrator and Character Designer from Paris, France. She is a graduate from the famous Parisian school of the visual arts, Gobelins in 2013. After graduating, she landed a role as a Storyboarder and Character Designer at digital visual effects studio Mac Guff.

    If her work looks familiar it may be from the animated short, The Night We Were Kings. Nicolay worked on it with four fellow Gobelins students Anthony Lejeune, Gaspard Sumeire, Léa Justum, and previous Lounge feature, Manddy Wyckens. TNWWK went on to win the Lignes de Court short film competition and was broadcasted on France 3.

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  2. Jonathan Lankry

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    Jonathan Lankry is an Illustrator and Animator. Born in Paris, France, Lankry is largely a self-taught artist. He did spend a year studying 2D and 3D animation at LISAA, followed by a year studying Graphic and Web Design at L’École Multimédia.

    After graduating, Lankry served as a 2D Animator, Concept Artist, UI Designer and Illustrator for French companies 2 minutes, Morphee Interactive, and Ankama. Working on video games, animation, magazines and comics. Following a few years of working in animation studios and games companies, Lankry became a freelancer in 2013.

    Lankry’s style is influenced by an amalgamation of manga with European and American comics books. High energy and very dramatic, he contorts his figures to creates dynamic poses. Dirt, rubble, bullets and fabric strew in all directions adding a sense of motion and intensity. His use of over-saturated colours, in some cases 100% magenta and yellow, capture your attention instantly. All elements combine to make his illustrations leap out and draw you in.

    You can find Jonathan Lankry in almost every corner of the internet, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, to name a few. You can find a full list of links on his website. You can also buy his prints and sketchbook from his shop.

  3. Lucy Mazel

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    Lucy Mazel is a freelance illustrator based in Lyon, France. Though Mazel enjoyed art in High School she did not consider herself a “natural.” Undeterred, she worked hard at it and earned her place in a private art school. She graduated in 2009, and began working as a freelancer straight away.

    Mazel has predominantly illustrated for comic books, but has worked for magazines and advertising agencies. She also frequently contributes artwork to the Los Angeles gallery, Nucleus. Her first published work was in the Petit à Petit book, Poèmes érotiques, released in 2009.

    Her comic work includes Sky Doll – Dolls Factory 2 (Soleil/Marvel, 2010), La danseuse Papillon (Soleil, 2010), Le Petit Prince – Le Monde de la musique (Glénat, 2011). Her most recent work, Communardes ! Les éléphants rouges (Vents d’Ouest, 2015), was released in September and written by Wilfrid Lupano.

    Mazel has cited Charles Dana Gibson and Jeffrey Jones as strong influence on her own work. Though comfortable digitally, she prefers to use traditional techniques, pencil, watercolour and colorex. You can read the 2D Artist Magazine article about Mazel, where she explains her process in depth. You can also see her working process here.

    To see more of Lucy Mazel’s illustrations, check out her portfolio. You can find her on Tumblr and Blogger.

  4. Manga Mondays ~ Joël Jurion

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    Joël Jurion is a French comic book artist born in 1975. He started his artistic career in 1999 and by a chance meeting with Thierry Cailleteau at Normandiebulle festival, Jurion was asked to illustrate Cailleteau’s upcoming project, Anachron. Starting in 2001, the series went on for six years and was very successful. Straight after, Jurion was snapped up for a new series, Les Démons de Dunwich, written by Steve Baker.

    2013 saw the culmination of Jurion’s partnership with prolific writer, Antoine Ozenam, and colourist Yoann Guillé in the form of Klaw. Published in French by Le Lombard, Klaw’s first arc was broken down into five books. The series has been very popular is ongoing. In fact, earlier this year Magnetic Press Announced it is publishing an English-translated collected edition of Klaw, set for release in April 2016.

    You can find more of Joël Jurion’s work on DeviantArt. He even has some process videos on YouTube. A word of warning, Jurion’s illustrations are on the risqué side.

  5. Fashion Fridays ~ René Bouët-Willaumez (1900 – 1979)

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    René Bouët-Willaumez was a French aristocrat born in Brittany, in 1900. After abandoned engineering for art, he began working for Vogue in 1929. Joining the industry in the midst of change, where photography was becoming the dominant means of reporting on fashion trends. This, however, did not hold Willaumez back. His unhesitating and incisive ink drawings illustrated the hubris and elegance of fashion in a way that had not been seen carving out a demand for himself.

    Within just a few years, Willaumez had honed his craft and his monogram “RBW” became a familiar fixture on the pages and covers of Vogue magazine. By the mid-1930s he was heralded as top of his profession, with his only substantial equal being Carl Erickson. Willaumez was a few years younger than Erickson, yet a professional, sometimes fractious, rivalry developed between the two and remained through the course of their careers.

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  6. Jean-Charles Desevre

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    Presenting the exquisitely intricate work of Jean-Charles Desevre. A French graphic artist based in the picturesque coastal region of Normandy. He has a penchant for old-timely graphic design reminiscent of the ostentatious designs of the Victorian era. As such, his work is apt to premium and luxury products.

    Desevre’s designs have embellished restaurants, wine bottle, cigars, cheese, and playing cards. The set of playing cards, Medallions, produced by magic trick aficionados theory11 spared no expense. The case features ultra-lux matte paper, embossed, and covered top to bottom in a striking gold foil. In short they looked amazing, and as such quickly sold out. They produced a second batch which, unsurprisingly, sold out again.

    All of Desevre’s illustrations are produced in Adobe Illustrator. At first, that does not strike you as a big deal, but when you start to look at the labyrinthine of detail, the consistently organic curves, and the distressed appearance some his emblems have, you quickly appreciate the skill and time he has put in.

    To see more, check out Jean-Charles Desevre’s work on Dribbble.

  7. Paul César Helleu (1859 – 1927)

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    Amid much of Paul César Helleu’s lifetime he was famous on both sides of the Atlantic. His artistry was praised by fellow impressionist painters Manet, Monet and Renoir. Yet, his name, it seems, is less widely known to the public today.

    Helleu was an exceptional oil painter, a skilled draftsman adept in pastel and maestro of drypoint. He was an influential part of the Impressionist movement, who created many still lifes, landscapes and portraits, most famously of beautiful society women of the Belle Époque.

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