Friday, January 27, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
French artist Isaac Bonan uses a variety of mediums to illustrate his subjects, including watercolor, acrylic, pencils and markers. Somehow he manages to capture the unique essence and beauty in each face or object. I particularly love his portrayal of eyes.
ACL: How did you become interested in painting?
IB: As far as I remember, I've always liked drawing and painting. It was natural and could not conceive to do anything else. I realized that only physical contact with the traditional equipment can give me real feelings.
ACL: How did you develop your style?
IB: I try to eliminate the maximum of elements, to de-construct in order to highlight what seems important to me like, eyes, lips or hair. I like when negative and positive spaces compete together on the paper in order to show a balance. But what I try to highlight the most is the eyes expressions because they can reflect emotions. Therefore, I mostly use watercolor pencils and colored inks because they allow a particularly bright result, they give a certain freshness and lightness to the piece, plus they naturally create shapes and colors I hadn't planned! My artistic work and style aims to generate emotion and beauty.
ACL: What inspires you?
IB: Many sources inspire me everyday: all medias (magazines, books). Colors and music can touch me. Sometimes, the nature of a shade can suggest ideas to me. Generally, I make my environment a jumble of ideas: I seek the detail that will form, bring something, and sublime my work.
ACL: Who are your favorite artists?
IB: Artists such as Raymond Moretti, Rene Gruau and Georges Mathieu, the dynamism and the timelessness of their work inspire me a lot. I also admire David Downton for the relevance of his work.
ACL: What would your dream future project be?
IB: I would love to collaborate with great stylists to draw their collections.
Thank you, Isaac, for sharing your story and your art.
For more information about the artist and to see more of his work, please visit his website.