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Lucie Corbasson

The French illustrator on the importance of illustration in forging connections

Text Hannah Vasdekys

Lucie Corbasson’s illustrations are an ode to the world she inhabits. Largely based on capturing real-life scenarios, vibrancy is the one word Lucie stresses when it comes to describing her work. Although stemming from her use of colour, it is also the result of her technique and approach.

Based in Brighton, we recently caught up with her about colour contrasts as inspiration, her view on the role of technology in pushing the boundaries of illustration and why she sees it as her visual vocabulary.

What made you fall in love with illustration?

When I was growing up my father used to work in an office in my childhood house and he’d always be working in there in evenings and on weekends. I didn’t really understand at the time what his job was (he is a product designer) but I remember that his desk was a really special space. I would sit with him most days and he would give me paper and pencils.

My dad loved to draw. Some people have picture albums. For us, it was scenes of our daily life that my dad drew, framed and put on the walls around the house. He would always explain to me the importance of memories and the fact we had to capture them, whatever the medium and his words never left me. I still see illustration as a way to keep memories, my way to express my thoughts and feelings.

Where do you look for inspiration? What most inspires you?

Colours. Colours are a massive part of the composition of an illustration. I have been most inspired by some of the travelling I’ve been lucky enough to do. When I was 11 years old I went to Marrakech and discovered the Majorelle Garden. I was blown away by the intensity of the Klein blue mixed with the yellow of the plant pots, the terracotta of the floors, and the different hues of green from the plants. Magical.

It’s caught our attention that more and more of the big names in tech are turning to illustration to tell their stories. Whether it’s to explain a new product or redefine a brand identity, everyone, from Google to Dropbox, is recognising the power of illustration to connect with their audience. Are there any pieces of tech / apps which you use when you’re working / working on a new project?

Most of my work is digital and technology has such an important role in enabling the work I do. WeTransfer and Dropbox for the exchange of files, WhatsApp for a quick conversation with clients, Instagram to share work with my community, Adobe Capture for colours, or Adobe Draw & Procreate for drawings on my tablet. I always start my research and development on paper though. Brainstorming, mind mapping, sketches, experimentations. Then I switch on the computer and start to play around with the sketches done.

Digital and analog, for me, are always connected. Digital can look too cold, too flat sometimes. I love to add a bit of texture that I create with brushes, pencil, pen on paper and then scan.

Do you think technology has changed / impacted illustration?

I don’t know if it changed what illustration is but it has definitely changed the relation we can have with it. Technology has democratised it. It has changed the approach, the techniques but it has also changed the way we are sharing it. Today we are surrounded by illustrations. Ads, magazines, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Uber Eats and Apple are all using illustrations.

I think we understand better today that illustration is an incredible form of expression, both to engage and relate to people but also to attract and surprise.

Has it changed illustration for you personally?

It has changed my way of conceiving illustration. Thanks to technology I am faster and more efficient. But it hasn’t changed my way of perceiving illustration. I still have the same approach, love and opinion of it as a form as when I was younger. The freedom to draw your thoughts, giving a visual to your ideas. And that doesn’t change whether you use an analog or digital approach.

Lucie Corbasson A Certain Syrup


Lucie Corbasson A Certain Syrup


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