1. Richard Méril

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    Richard Méril is a French illustrator and storyboard artist from Paris. His personal work draws inspiration from afrofuturism, anime, and hip-hop.

    He graduated from L’école Émile Cohl Art School and since 2010, Méril has created Storyboards for many of Paris’s top animation and advertising agencies including Fred&Farid, STUDIO HARI, Marathon Media, and Xilam Animation. Méril is currently Storyboarder for Cartoon Network’s The Amazing world of Gumball.

    Méril’s illustrations are full of characters with attitude. They are cool and confident, commanding the viewer’s attention. His use of saturated colours adds an element of fun and energy. All of those qualities can be see in the animated short which he directed, En bel so.

    You can see more of Richard Méril’s work on ArtStation, Instagram and follow him on Twitter.

  2. Manu Larcenet

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    Emmanuel Larcenet, better known as Manu Larcenet. He is a French comics writer, illustrator and colourist. A prominent name in Franco-Belgian comics. To date he has worked on in excess of 50 books. Larcenet is known for his humour, showcased on title Bill Baroud and Le retour à la terre (The return to earth). However, he has demonstrated a great strength to handle deeper social and emotional content, evident in Le combat ordinaire (Ordinary Victories) and Blast.

    Born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Larcenet was making comics from the age of 10. He studied art in Sèvres and then completed a visual communication degree at École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers, also called Olivier de Serres.

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  3. Fashion Fridays ~ Pierre Simon (1907 – 1999)

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    Pierre Simon was a French fashion illustrator. Born in 1907 he started his career in the 1920s and was particularly active during the 1940s and 1950s. Predominately illustrating for advertisements, he worked with Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Boucheron Jewelry and Orlane Cosmetics. His work also appeared in the French edition of Vogue magazine.

    Simon’s early work exhibit stylized elongated faces and hands, although his figures were relatively short. His women looked hard-nosed, similar to popular 1930s femme fatales of the time. As his style developed the reverse became true. He started drawing face that were more realistically proportioned, while he stretched out the body. Long necks and legs made his women look more delicate and elegant.

    Simon’s evolving style is a sign of the influence the artist trends had on him. His loaded ink brush technique is very reminiscent of René Gruau’s work. This is particularly noticeable looking at Simon’s 1950s illustrations. His later work more resembled traditional advertising illustration of the time, then it did fashion illustrations. Throughout his career he continuing to refine his own style. Perfecting the use of limited lines and colour, in just a few brush strokes he could create confident and engaging men and women that would effortlessly capture the viewers gaze.

    It is difficult to find a lot of Pierre Simon’s illustrations online, but a great place to start is HPrints.

  4. Paul Lacolley

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    Paul Lacolley is an animator and illustrator from Paris, France. He is a member of the animation collective CRCR. Which is comprised of fellow Gobelins graduates Rémi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Kévin Manach, Nicolas Pegon, and Jérémy Pires. If you have an outstanding memory, you will remember in 2012 we featured CRCR’s short animation for Amnesty International called Break The Law Of Silence.

    Another couple animations that Lacolley has worked of note is an opening for the Annecy Animation Festival 2010, Junk Space. Created whilst in his second year at Gobelins, it is a beautifully executed short of a man smashing things up with a bat. The second, and possibly my favourite, is Les chiens isolés. The style and pallette compliment the story’s mood and pacing. I appreciate how the colour tones gradually get darker each scene until it’s climax. The characters are well fleshed out and create convincing internal and external conflict. The short was a 2012 finalist for the Animation Vimeo Awards.

    Lacolley’s solo work has a very “real” feel. Characters stand rigidly in foreboding settings. They exude emotions, although often through an intensinsely pensive stare. A combination of lighting and composition assistant his atmospheric illustrations in looking as if they are a screen-shot from a film.

    You can find more of Paul Lacolley’s work on Tumblr, and Instagram. You can also check out some of his older work on his blog.

  5. Fashion Fridays ~ Pierre Mourgue (1890 – 1969)

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    Pierre Mourgue was born in France, 1890. He was a regular contributor to the premiere French fashion magazine, La Gazette du Bon Ton. As such, the influential magazine was picked up by publishers, Condé Nast, who distributed it across American under the name, Gazette du Bon Genre. The magazine’s artwork was comprised of many talented French illustrators, including Paul Iribe, Pierre Brissaud, Georges Lepape. Condé Montrose Nast enlisted all of the La Gazette du Bon Ton artist for another one of his magazines, Vogue.

    Pierre Mourgue was based in Paris but made frequent trips to New York, as such, his illustrations were regularly on and inside the covers of Vogue magazine. His ink and gouache illustrations brought a Parisian flair to the American edition.

    Mourgue’s style updated with art movements. A lot of his early work has a strong Art Deco influence, with his 1940s and 1950s work resembling the American advertising illustrations that we regularly associate with that era. His illustrations often get compared to Pierre Brissaud’s, for their use of exaggerated figures and their disposition for pretty girl.

    Mourgue illustrated for fashion designers Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, and Marcel Rochas. Bringing their garments to life with his careful observation, and ability to infuse a sense of fun and coolness.

    You can see a large collection of Pierre Mourgue’s illustrations over at Hprints.

  6. René Vincent (1879–1936)

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    René Vincent was a French illustrator, painter and poster designer. Prevalent in the 1920s-1930s, he worked in the popular Art Deco style. His illustrations helped define early 20th-century advertising, birthing countless imitators and admirers alike. Tintin creator, Hergé, cited René Vincent as an inspiration.

    Vincent was born in Bordeaux, France in 1879, but moved to the capital when he was five-years-old. His father, Charles Vincent was a famous novelist and his older brother Henri Vincent-Anglade was a renowned painter.

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  7. Fashion Fridays ~ Noumeda Carbone

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    Noumeda Carbone is an award winning illustrator based in Florence, Italy. Freelancing since 2006 she has worked with a host of clients including Leo Burnett, Vogue, Saatchi & Saatchi and The Guardian. Carbone’s detailed and surreal work has graced the walls of multiple solo and group exhibition and illuminated the pages of many magazines like Rolling Stone, Glamour, Computer Arts, La Perla Magazine, and Juxtapoz.

    Carbone’s illustrations balance the fanciful with the forlorn. Finicky detail sit next to fancy-free water colour brush work. All the elements are collated digitally to give a coherent, layered and dazzling finished piece.

    You can gaze at more of Noumeda Carbone’s work on her website and instagram.