SABRINA ARNAULT

1CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

SA: Hopefully I will never have to do that, but I have heard other people describing it with words such as simple, bright or delicate.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

SA: I find inspiration everywhere. Shapes or color associations I encounter randomly in fashion, movies, street markets, books….

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

SA: I start by sketching. When I have made too many sketches, I go out for a walk or drink a coffee and clear my mind. Then I look at them with clear eyes, choose the clever one and define the overall composition. Once the client approves the idea, I start the final illustration.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

SA: I just hope it makes them smile.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

SA: I work freelance, I have a room in my house that I use as a studio. I don’t have a typical schedule, there are days where I answer emails all day and there are days where I draw all the time. I take advantage of the fact that I can work from everywhere and some days I work in a café with my boyfriend.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

SA: I’m usually impulsive but I also enjoy working with a specific brief from a client because both stimulate me in different ways.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

SA: If you enjoy doing your work, people will enjoy seeing it.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

SA: Definitely. I think it’s really important to develop your natural style so that people know what to hire you for.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

SA: This job is funny but not all the time obviously. Being a freelance means that you’re alone in managing a lot of things. But you learn everyday and I guess that’s why it’s so interesting.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

SA: Everyday is different. You never know what’s going to be the next project you’re going to work on. It’s the best aspect of this job with the fact that you can work from where ever you want.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

SA: There are so many artists who inspire me! But if I have to pick one, I would say Matisse.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

SA: I think it is useful in many ways. Today we can go see so much of the world from our own home, which is incredible. I think the internet has changed everyone’s perspective in that regard and for an artist, that’s only a good thing.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

SA: Not necessarily. I think we all view the world differently. You don’t need to be creative to be curious and interested by other cultures.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

SA: I do! Traveling is my favorite thing after drawing (and food!). I love NYC for it’s creative energy.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

SA: Lately, I’ve read a lot of comics and I really loved Transat by Aude Picault. The drawings are really beautiful and the story makes you want to travel.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

SA: I’d love to continue to collaborate with passionate people and try to work with different sectors as fashion or object design.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

SA: Being passionate.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

SA: Not really, I have already spoken too much about myself and my work!

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