A graduate of the Emile Cohl school, Valérie Vernay is a comic and children’s book illustrator.
Vernay published her first children’s book Le Gardien de la Nuit (The Guardian of the Night) in 2003 and in 2005 she released the first volume of the comic book adaptation of the La guerre des Boutons (War of the Buttons). Vernay’s most recent comic book offering was in 2012, in the melancholy form of La mémoire de l’eau (The Memory of Water).
You can find out more about Valérie Vernay by checking out her blog.
Based in Paris, freelancer Nicolas Delort produces spectacular woodcut inspired illustrations. The detail and effort put into his pieces is inspiring. You can get a better idea of just how much effort goes in, from this video. You can see more Mr. Delort’s work and process on his Tumblr and blog.
Lush work from French freelance illustrator, Romain Mennetrier. His simplified shapes work wonderfully with his textured colour treatment. I particularly love how emotive and charming his characters are. You can find more of Mr. Mennetrier work on his blog, brutal moineau or maybe pick up one of his Society6 prints.
I was introduced to Matthieu Bonhomme’s work, when I was stopped in my browsing tracks, after seeing his Texas Cowboys covers.
Mr. Bonhomme came from an artistic background. After earning a degree in Applied Arts, he developed his skills further by working in the studio of fellow French comic artist Christian Rossi. There, in amongst illustrating for newspapers and magazines, he honed his skills. Mr. Bonhomme later meet Fabien Vehlmann, whom he would collaborate with on his first series of comics, ‘Le Marquis d’Anaon’. Published by Dargaud, it ran from 2002 to 2008. In 2005 he began to write and draw a children’s series titled ‘Le Voyage d’Esteban’. Publishers Dupuis have recently released it’s 5th instalment.
As far as I can tell, Mr. Bonhomme has not made a home for himself in any corners of the web. However, I did stumble on this little gem of a site, for ‘Le Marquis d’Anaon’.
Born in Paris, France in 1887, Georges Lepape studied at the famous École des Beaux-Arts. In 1910 he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, where he met the great designer Paul Poiret. They became friends and began working together. In 1911, he illustrated Poiret’s brochure, Les Choses de Paul Poiret. It was illustrated in a very similar style of Poiret’s previous brochure, Robes de Paul Poiret by Paul Iribe.
Shortly after, Mr. Lepape, left to work for designer Jean Patou, where he illustrated Patou’s collections. During this period he illustrated many magazine covers for the likes of the Gazette Du Bon Ton, Femina, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. In 1923, Mr. Lepape produced theatre costumes designs for Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird. However, after the war, he focused on less fashion-orientated projects, and illustrated for advertising and publishing.
Georges Lepape’s style is without doubt a product of his period. Very influenced by the Art Deco movement, but equally influenced by Persian miniatures, which was only just being discover by western artists. The two styles draw a lot of parallels, their strong geometric shapes and bright colours. However I would attribute his ligne claire sensibilities to the miniatures.
As with a lot of the early 20th century illustrator’s, it is hard to find a good body of their work in one place, however Vogue have a great collection of his covers on their website.