Lys Lydia / graphic designer
// About me and my work ///
I'm a French graphic designer and Illustrator from Paris, working mainly in the cultural editing field. But I'm also involved on several other projects as a pure collage artist : this part of my work remains voluntary more personal, orchestrated by my desires, experiences and interrogations.
My characters have to be understood as symbolic or allegoric images, not real persons.
I'm always shared between reality, symbol and fairy tale, so then I like to use images with a story behind. I use old familly pictures, photographs, my own drawings...
I also use a lot of vintage right - free photographs or botanical / medical engraving. But my rule is simple and always the same one : to feel in love with the story I imagine behind each picture before using it!
I mostly work with Photoshop (the final mix of the colage), but also prepare and then scan a lot of items, from drawings to photographs.
You know, as my art is my way to express myself, my feelings and interrogations, I can look at my work as some kind of soul mirror. Moreover I like to add some very personal element in my work. I happen to use my own image sometimes.
// My Inspiration ///
From Sarah moon to Kerry Ropper. I also always keep an eye on fresh art from internet, magazines, galleries
But on of my strongest inspiration is fairy tales. I love fairy tales! An old fashion way to tell a story with a moral at the end and all kinds of ambiguities and symbols. .Fairy tales, legends, local stories... are always so full of details and inspiration! They play with symbols all the time with the help of masks, apparences, and the duality between the story and it meaning. I love this mysterious and rich side of the fairy tales.
I always try to create a story behind my illustrations, and let the viewer imagine his own version. I like when people get lost in my own tale!