Interview with Sebastien Del Grosso

by Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Screenshot 11:20:14 8:53 AMHello Sebastien, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I would like to develop this self-portrait sketch series a little bit more. I have many more creative and innovative ideas in my head, and they will be challenging to do. At some point, I would like to turn this series into a book with detailed texts on each image. Perhaps an exhibition is a possibility too. I’m always on the lookout for interesting contacts and propositions.


I’m impressed by your combination of technique between drawing and photography, would you give a brief walk through your workflow?

The trickiest part with these images is creating the sketch. It has to look realistic and balanced. You should show just enough but not too much. Also, the placement of the drawing must precisely match the position of the pencil in the photo. But, if you really need a complete workflow of this type of work, you can see my free tutorial here


Screenshot 11:26:14 8:32 AM-2How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?

I have always been drawn to artistic creation. I’ve been interested in art—drawing and painting—since my childhood when my grandmother taught me to draw. By watching her draw and paint, I wanted to do the same. This influenced me the most to continue in that direction, and it is reflected in my professional life, since I work in the graphic design industry.


Tell me some about the time you spent on it, how much it takes to make one of your drawings?

Producing an image like this, from start to finish, can take a few hours or several days. Sometimes I need to take a break from an image and return to it a few days later. This helps me to see it differently, and I can often find mistakes that I may not have noticed before.


Screenshot 11:26:14 8:31 AMWho’s the first photographer that comes to your mind in a second? 

Probably Ben Heine, how have made an impressive series with photography and drawing. I really like his work, and we have made a collaboration together on the image “sketch and fight”


When you were 13, what did you want to be?

It’s really to for away from me now, but i remember i have always want to draw, and want to live with my art if possible


Screenshot 11:20:14 8:54 AM-2I had some chats with different artists, and I caught one of the most difficult things to do during the creative process, is to understand when an artwork could be considered complete. What’s your point of view?

I’m totally agree with that. An artwork is never completely done. Some weeks or months after, you always see something you want to change or improve.


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

Outside, alone in an isolated area, or when I expect to sleep in my bed, it is the best moment I can think about ideas


Screenshot 11:26:14 8:32 AMSomething you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

Have sex with two or three girls together? Oh, sorry, it’s a professional question.. Maybe an exhibition of my series, in a big gallery in Paris or New York can be awesome.


Something you want the world to know about you.

I am a person rather reserved, I did not quite believe in me, and I am never satisfied with myself or my work


Screenshot 11:20:14 8:54 AM 2Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

Stolen pictures without copyright, used by company without permissions and never paid for this type of use, or people who appropriate the work of others


What’s overrated/underrated today?

The world is overrated, and simple life values are underestimated


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