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Strange, cozy and unpredictable. The illustrator from Cannes, Lucas Beaufort and his colourful characters are all over the magazine covers. Including natural and all other materials, Lucas likes to test his skills by searching for new experiences. Curious and a bit sad, he recreated stories of his past nights in his passionate nebula where every moment is destined to be unique.
Here is one of the artists of the designed wooden boards and here is his interview that has a beautiful spirit with a touch by a Peter Pan Syndrome.
Hi Lucas! Is everything going well at the moment?!
I love the month of September, it’s back to work for everyone and so we can finally get to work.
Can you give us a few words about your background and your career?.
I am 32 years old, from Cannes with Italian origins. My journey so far has been fairly standard, business studies in France and then abroad, large family, good living, curious, passionate about color.
At first sight, your chubby characters seem to be drawn straight out of a child’s dream, where fantasy and color are one. Have you kept this soul in your work?
You have hit the mark! I draw my characters out from my dreams. Dreams that reoccuralmost every night and that can make me live a parallel adventure. This world is very special, it is full of mystery, sometimes I can’t wait to go to bed and dream again!
There are a wide range of bright colours that illuminate your artwork. Is this something that reflects your happy state of mind?
Taking the colour away from me is a bit like having a nice meal without a good glass of red wine, or making love, but do not see it through to the end , so you can see this would be unimaginable to me. Everything is in colour in my dreams, I’m just interpreting what happens at night.
You mix your drawings with natural environments in a lot of work. Some are done directly outside ( on tree trunks ) , while others are photos that are used for the covers of Vice, Thrasher etc … Has taking ownership of an external environment always been evident or it would be more of an original, experimental way or approach to your work ?
In fact I’ve always wanted to experiment, I often feel like I’m turning around in circles so I need to go outside to see what happening. I especially love nature and what it has to offer. For me the tree trunks are a godsend! People walk past you and wonder and it’s funny to see their reactions. For the Recover it’s the same process and that’s the desire to do everything and try new things.
So what about skateboarding then! It’s something to design on but is it also a passion?
To say that it’s a passion is an understatement, I would say that it’s a drug, my mother, my brother, my father, my partner, my whipped cream on strawberries, my warm bread that has just come out of a wood oven! A week without it and life stops.
How do you undertake the implementation? Do you need a lot of suction through various influences or do all of these floppy little fellows come unexpectedly into your imagination?
Again, it’s very instinctive, but also very crafty. Of course I have influences, but everything is so natural and my hands are guided by these little monsters who live at night and guide me during the day.
Three words that could summarize your world.
Love / Generosity / Adventure
Olow’s “Planchettes” exhibition has already been but do you have any other projects planned?
There is a project that we can see in Paris mid-November which is linked with all the covers that I have been able to paint.
A final word?
François Valérie said: “Like us alive before death finds us talent.”
A big thank you to Lucas for his contribution.
Interview par © Julien Catala