Mathieu Beaulieu Interview

My name is Mathieu Beaulieu and I’m living in Montreal. I’ve studied 2D animation and have always worked as an illustrator. I have worked for many companies (video-gaming, advertising, animation). Since 2008, I have been freelancing full time… and I like that!

Where do you look for sources of inspiration?

Almost anything inspires me, I guess. A good thing about Internet is the simplicity that it is to discover new talented illustrators (they are frequently very inspiring).

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What is your favourite aspect of illustration?

It gives me the possibility to express my personal vision about anything (and in the style I like).

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What are your top 5 favourite websites?

1. http://www.google.com/ (all applications): Crucial on any point.
2. http://www.netvibes.com/ : I use Netvibes to keep track of each blog I’m following.
3. http://www.radio-canada.ca/radio/ : I like to listen to this radio channel while working.
4. http://www.drawn.ca/ : Great blog mainly about illustration.
5. http://www.joystiq.com/ : Great blog about video-games.

Who do you look up to in your field?

My favourite artist is Dave Cooper. He has such an exceptional talent. I love the way he combines “cuteness” to “perturbing”.
An artist I’d like to mention is John Kricfalusi. His extremely exaggerated cartoon style is very inspiring.

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Can you take us through your character illustration process from start to finish?

To resume my process:
1. I do a couple of sketches on paper;
2. I scan the design I like;
3. I adjust my sketch on Photoshop (if needed);
4. I trace the line art with Flash;
5. When it’s done, I export the file into Photoshop in a very high resolution;
6. I’m coloring the image on Photoshop… till it’s all done.

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What sort of social media tools do you use and find the most successful?

I promote myself on my blog. But there are a couple of other websites where I publish my art:

What piece of work are you most proud of and why?

The piece of work I’m most proud of is a short promotional TV ad for kids (Ciné Cadeau). I was the illustrator/designer and art director of the campaign and it turns out great. It was a success (thanks to all of the team at Télé-Québec and Tomas Leblanc – the animator).

Ciné-Cadeau ’08 – Promotional ad from Mathieu Beaulieu on Vimeo.

What programs do you use most?

I use Flash, Photoshop and sometimes Illustrator.

What music are you listening to right now?

Right now, I’m not listening to any music but when I work, I like to listen to The Beatles, Plume Latraverse, The Misfits, The Mars Volta, George Brassens, etc…

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What would be your perfect dream project?

As an illustrator, they are many dream projects I’d wish to do. But I guess one of the coolest works I could do is the main designs of a videogame or a cartoon series.

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What advice would you give to someone starting out in the design industry?

Draw everyday and be open to critique… it could help I guess.

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Looking into a crystal ball, what do you think will be the next design trend?

I really don’t know. Sorry about that.
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What can we expect from you in the upcoming year?

I’ll try to make more personal illustrations and let’s hope professional work will go great too.

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