Interview with Caroline Andrieu

by Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello Caroline, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I am working on several projects, several press illustrations, portraits & beauty products. I also illustrated a fashion guide that is available for a few weeks now. There are over 30 illustrations in it, and lots of great spots to visit Paris.


Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?

I don’t have any precise way of working. For personal or Professional project, I usually start from a picture I like and that inspires me. Otherwise I know it won’t work. I take  5 / 10 minutes to draw the general lines with a thin pencil, and then I draw from the light to the darker parts. And when I use ink I start with it and finish with the pencil to enhance everything, draw the shadows, the détails like hair or textures. II always put music while drawing, and I drink lots of tea….


How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

When I started drawing again a few years ago (after 5 years when I did not touch a pencil), it was just to pass the time. I did not have any obligation and didn’t know it would become part of my work. Now most of my projects are requested by clients, and it is actually more like collaborations. I love working with other people idea and create what they had in mind at the beginning. It’s always very stimulating. As for personals projects, I try to think them through. Over the years, I realised I was interested in portraits, not just fashion, but people in general, faces, haircuts, clothes, colors…


Tell us something about your clients, do you feel there’s something different out there, I mean, a different way to approach the creative process?

I try to work with people who I have something in common. I rarely turn down a collaboration, but if I don’t feel it I know it from the beginning. I had the chance to work with great brands or magazines.


How have you handled the business side through these “horrible years”?

I work full time as a graphic designer for french GQ (and before, for Vogue Paris), so I always had a job. The illustration was a bonus the first years. Now my two jobs are more equal, and it’s going well, even though there are months calmer than others.


How do you choose the next project to be involved in?

I am ok for almost everything that fits my work. If the project is interesting I always find some time to do it.


Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second?

Michael Gillette.


What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

At home with my boyfriend & two cats, biking, learning yoga, or watching movies.


Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

Travel in the Transsiberian train, through Mongolia, China & Russia.


Something you want the world to know about you.

Some people who don’t know me usually think I am a cold person, but actually that’s because I’m shy !


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.



Your idea about social networks.

My blog and social networks in general have really helped me show my illustrations to everyone, so I am grateful for that. And I think it is the best way to know what people think about your work.They usually don’t force themselves to be nice. They just say what they think. So I pay attention to every comments or mail I receive. But it has also its limits. I see copyrights problems (for me or other artists). It’s really frustrating to see people showing your work under their name, for example. I use facebook & twitter less now, just for the minimum self-promotion. It takes a lots of time. I prefer real life.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

Celebrity / Culture.

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