Artist series : Playmoo
Playmoo is the Dr Frankenstein of OLOW Team. Fascinated by the anatomy and the macabre stuff, he has a real talent to use the inspiration he took on the medieval iconography and occults codes and to illustrate the disturbing scenes that cross his mind. Playmoo and Olow have 6 tees, 2 collections, a board and an exhibition – that moved through whole France during 10 months – in common. We decided to present you our friend Nicolas who plays an important role in the team.
for those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself briefly?
Autistic reverend of stippling, occult geek, I express my passion of macabre and fantastical thanks to my 0,1 mm tip.
Your universe is special and you seem to be fond of skulls and every kind of organs.
Actually, I don’t know! I am neither depressive nor crazy. It might be linked with my nature, my background. But I think I just need it because it helps me to learn a lot every day.
In your illustrations, I saw like an opposition between man and nature. And often, nature takes over man. Is it just me?
No, it is true. I often use animals and nature and they torment the human characters I draw.
For me, nature doesn’t take over every time, but nature uses every occasion to test you.
How do you work? Do you decide to “torment some guy” or you do it spontaneously?
Most of times, there is a basic idea to begin a project, which is kind of a motivation to me. But the process and the results are never really defined. I usually need more than a few days to finish an illustration. I need weeks or months and at the end it looks pretty different from what I’ve expected.
What are the main qualities of a good illustration? A skull, some bird feathers and a dagger?
Like I just told, there is a central idea and after, the mix of my reflection and the hazards that lead to a good result.
What is the main difference between working for a t-shirt and for a canvas? Are there more limits to respect for a tee?
I am basically as free but if I work for a brand, the challenge lies in keeping my own personality while respecting what I am told. I often have to do comprise but that is the good thing in it.
Anything planed for the coming months?
I try to find more time to develop my creative activity, because I am employed in an agency. Juggling between my work and my passion is getting always harder.
It was a pleasure Nico. A last word?
Thanks for the interview! Hope I’ll be able to show some new stuff very soon!