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Cold days are slowly coming to Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, Berlin, Paris... To heat you up, here is our newsletter with a warm selection of our most beautiful projects from this Fall and also a nice surprise comeback. Please enjoy with a good hot tea!
This month: Annick Poirier comes back at the creative clinic, Florent Hauchard becomes famous in the jungle, Antonio Uve is in Le Parisien Magazine, David Despau covers portraits of Stranger Things, Damien Vignaux makes the cover of Ad Age Magazine, Steve Scott is leaving to ski at Val Thorens... As well as our eleventh Creative Capsule, an interview with Mamzelle Poppy.
- The creatives and the agents of your creative clinic.
Annick Poirier / The great comeback at the clinic!
It is with great pleasure that we announce you the comeback of Annick Poirier in our stable. She was one of pillars of the agency a few years ago by giving life to beautiful campaigns and projects.
After a moment of being on her own, she is back with an even stronger and diversified portfolio. Annick wore several hats in the graphic arts world before choosing to happily dedicate herself to illustration in 2007. An avid traveler and enthusiast of contemporary architecture, design under all its forms, minimalism and ecology, she recently designed, drew and managed the construction of her eco-friendly mini-house in Les Laurentides where she lives now. Her small studio has the most poetic views and a luminosity for all her creative illustration projects.
Florent Hauchard / Welcome to the Jungle / France
Florent Hauchard created 4 illustrations for Welcome to the Jungle magazine and its special file Fintech. This quarterly magazine, which is distributed in more than 100 French schools, is also available for free download.
David Despau / Stranger Things
For the release of the first episodes of Season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix, David Despau illustrates the portraits of the characters Dustin and Eleven.
Antonio Uve / Le Parisien Week-end / France
Antonio Uve illustrates the Santé, Psycho, Argent et Droits columns for Le Parisien Week-end magazine.
Emmanuel Polanco / L'Obs / France
Series of illustrations created by Emmanuel Polanco for the debate column of the OBS magazine. They are both liberals in their confession. The Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur and the Muslim intellectual Rachid Benzine wanted to think together in " one thousand and one manners to be Jewish or Muslim ".
Damien Vignaux / Ad Age Magazine Cover / USA
Damien Vignaux created a beautiful portrait of Marc S. Pritchard, Manager of P&G Brand, which made the November issue cover of Ad Age magazine.
Raoul Paulet / Ainé - Video clip
Mamzelle Poppy / Creative capsule
Here is our eleventh CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Mamzelle Poppy, young, rigorous and artist in love of colors, fabrics and materials of all kinds. Her work is a game of mixed elements creating a pop, graphic and colored esthetics. Her approach is often intuitive; she does her creations with feeling and plays her main tool: her creativity.
Describe your creative lab in a few words?
A big screen on a quite small square table. It isn't perfect but it's cozy because I am surrounded by my illustrations hung on on walls. I also put the things I like and that I want under my eyes on my pin-board.
In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
Instinctive, because I walk in the visual crush. Given that I work according to photo references, it should speak to me. In most of the cases I like to create a space where I assemble various elements dug up here and there, then I harmonize the whole on Photoshop to portray something new. I like playing with colors and textured papers.
What is the project of which you are most proud of?
My collection of portraits which is growing little by little.
What are your favorite colors to create?
It's difficult to choose; I would say all the colors, because I really like the color!! The lively colors such as the red, the orange, the pink millennial as well as black's touch to sublimate and underline the whole. It's said I still look for the perfect red; the red "Poppy". If I find one, it would be this one.
Why did you become an artist?
I don’t know. I didn’t decide, but since my childhood I always did creative things. This need to create has naturally stayed with me; it has influenced my various choices of studies and my path to this day. I believe that when I will be in a real workshop, the one I dream about, (large and bright), I will really feel like an "Artist".
In four words, how would you describe your illustration style?
Colorful, feminine, textured, offbeat.
What is your dream project?
Theoretically, a beautiful history like the one of G. Kero and thus to create my brand it would be my dream. Otherwise, an attractive collaboration with a brand (clothes, accessories …) that I like in which I would have the freedom to include my personal touch, my creative vision and offbeat sense of fashion would be enough to make me happy.
What does a typical day in the life of Andi look like?
Generally, I wake up around 9 am, I cuddle my cat Ganesh and I begin my day with a shower and a good tea, the essentials! Then I turn on my computer, I put on Spotify and while my programs are being launched, I water my plants; it allows me to take a big breath of fresh air before settling into my workstation where I begin by checking my e-mails and social networks. I usually will work until lunch time around 1-1:30pm. 30 minutes later at the end of meal with my second cup of tea, I start listening to a show or a podcast. Then I go to my yoga lesson at 6 pm; I come back at 8 pm, and after a good shower, I prepare dinner (often at 4 hands, so I should probably say "we" prepare dinner). My evenings are not the same: sometimes I return on my work after dinner or we will watch a movie or TV show. I try to go to bed around midnight, I check Instagram and/or Pinterest, I read a little and then sleep. However, once a week we establish a no-screen evening, in which I will craft, use my sewing machine, paint or make pearls. I will do anything that is not in front of a screen – it’s the rule and it’s very pleasant.
What inspires you?
So many things! Women, photography, art, magazines, meetings and people behind a creative project…
What is your favourite blog or website?
There are a lot, I admit I am often inspired on Instagram because it allows me to stay up to date in an effective and intuitive way on my favorite accounts. Among them I would say I enjoy @elsamuse and her team, I have been following her since the beginning and she does a great job, very inspiring! http://www.elsamuse.com
Stephanie F. Scholz / News!
Stephanie F. Scholz produced a lot, her style evolves and seduces us even more every time. Here are some examples of her last creations.
Marie-Eve Tremblay / Greeting cards
Marie-Eve Tremblay made a series of greeting cards to celebrate Christmas and New Year holidays for Éditions Villers and also for Card Blanche Films. Maybe think of that idea for this year!
Silke Werzinger / Portfolio update / Germany
Here are the last creations of Silke Werzinger for Annabelle magazine, Der Tagesspiegel Berlin and digi:tales clients.
Tonwen Jones / Baltimore magazine
Tonwen Jones amazes and abducts our clients with every project she works on. Baltimore magazine is a part of them.
Benoit Tardif / Editions Fides / Quebec
Benoit Tardif / Télérama / France
Benoit Tardif has illustrated the article Les 10 tics qui crispent quand on regarde un match de foot (ENG: The 10 quirks that stress when you watch a soccer match) for Télérama magazine.
Ross Cuthbert / Portfolio update
Ross Cuthberg is much in demand, and it's understandable! To see the quality of some roughs and story-boards for brands such as Nespresso, Listerine, Virgin or Embley's. Ross, besides being nice and professional, does 3D. Visit his portfolio Ross 3D.
The Colagene experience according to our clients.
Both Damien and Zigor have produced amazing work for Ad Age. With so many agencies out there and so many illustrators who do work in similar styles, I’m continually impressed by Colagene’s roster of talented artists. Not only cause they are some of the best out there but they present smart solutions to complex conceptual ideas. Their artists are flexible and are very accommodating to our needs. And they are fast! We live in a world where information comes at us at lightning speed and to have an agency that understands urgency is invaluable. Tam Nguyen, Senior Art Director, Ad Age