Bonus Article 1 – Jennifer Bouron
Jennifer Bouron is our bonus feature artist from France. Jennifer is an illustrator and pattern artist who uses Photoshop to create her art. You may have seen Jennifer’s art in Frankie Magazine, Kitty Bunny Pony, Monsterheads or Apartment Therapy.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I studied art applied in high school. It was very nice because it was not focused on one type of design but several. It was about, architecture, graphic and object design.
After that, I chose to learn more about fashion so I went to a fashion school. There I learned about garments and prints.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I mostly draw my illustrations and patterns on Photoshop. I prefer Photoshop to Illustrator because I like to keep the lines hesitant and a bit naive in my work.
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
I see inspiration everywhere. It can be a combination of colours in the street, the shapes of leaves or trees… I am very interested by colours and shapes. So it is always something that catch my attention first.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
I always start with sketches on paper. It helps me to visualise my idea. After that I scan my sketch and draw on top of it on Photoshop. The final illustration is very often pretty different with the first sketch. The sketch is more used as a guide.
When I draw pattern, I directly start digitally. I sketch shapes in a square and see how it looks when it is repeated. If I am happy with the repeat, I proceed to colours.
What part of your process do you love the most?
I think that I really like all the process of making an illustration or a pattern.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
I would still do something creative. I worked as fashion designer before becoming independent, so I would probably choose to stay fashion designer.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
I am lucky to be surrounded by some passionate people who work very hard. It is great to get their support and they inspire me a lot.
Name an underrated artist
My friend Anne Zeum, she is very talented.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
I am very happy by the collaboration with the brand Lazzari. I love all the pieces and I think the prints are matching very well with the clothes.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I am now working on an album cover and illustrations/patterns for a magazine that I love, I am very excited by this project!
Bonus fun questions
What is your current favourite album? Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do? I like cooking and going to gigs.
Website: Jennifer Bouron’s Website
Social: Jennifer Bouron on Instagram
Images courtesy of Jennifer Bouron © Jennifer Bouron