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Artist PRO.FILES: Florian Nicolle

Posted in Artist PRO.FILES, Artwork, Graphic Design with tags , , , , , , , on December 29, 2009 by bendey14

Some of you may remember my post earlier this month about French artist/illustrator/graphic designer, Florian Nicolle, a.k.a “NEO.” Well, he’s back again and was nice enough to share some of his thoughts, creative vision, and what it’s like to be a 23-year-old graphic genius.  When I attempt to describe Neo’s work, it’s very difficult to do so with just words.  Beautifully raw?  Detailed destruction?  Spontaneous perfection?  I just can’t decide…but it’s safe to say, he’s making big things happen.

NOTE: For Neo, English is not his first language, therefore conducting an interview had it’s obstacles.  But instead of editing his responses, I’m choosing to let him speak to you how he would naturally… very similar to his artwork.  I’m not being lazy either, there’s just something beautiful I found from two creatives at different ends of the world sharing unrefined ideas.  No boundaries, spellcheck, or Americanization on this one folks.  This is Neo:

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself.
“Hello, my name is Florian Nicolle, aka Neo, French 23 year-old illustrator. I already have a diploma in Graphic Design, and infact, at a very tender age, at about 15 years old, I wanted to be in Graphic Design, that is why I have decided to move towards the field “arts appliqués” where I began to search my own style thanks to my teacher, specialised in sketch, who has greatly helped me on this, and some of my friends from whom I got inspired.”
What led you to become an artist / illustrator ?
“I am skilled in graphic design. There was a little section devoted to the illustration that I have worked a lot. Which finally took a big place in my work, including graphic design work. And now i do more illustration than graphic design work.
Of course I practice a lot sketching, more seriously since about 8 years.”
Are there any major differences or advantages that come with living in France compared to other parts of the world ?
“Hehe, I dunno, I have never lived in an other country…”
What inspires you and your artwork ?
“I am very grateful to my first art teacher who as been my greatest source of inspiration, which really helped me to move on with my work. In this way, I have been able to attain my own working, my own style. Of course I continue to watch a lot of work of famous or anonymous illustrators, with different styles.”
What do you hope your artwork does for people ?  Any particular message you’re trying to send to your audience ?
“I search to communicate through portraits the impression to be really watched by the drawn person and imagine his thoughts and his/her feeling. That’s why I work more the look.”
What can you tell us about your unique style ? Do your choices in mediums and colors play a specific role in your work ?
“I try to create an image that retains its freshness of the first paint stroke, the expressions of the line have to be very free and spontaneous. While keeping a rigorous drawing. So I use “fast techniques” like a big, large brush, watercolor and chines ink then I add texture on Ps [Photoshop].
I use much texture of text, because it add a presence of hand. I draw a picture as if I wrote a text, with the same tool, the same freedom, with erasures, lines, scribbles etc…What is written does not matter.”
What’s your favorite piece of your own art and why ?
“I think it is “eve” because it is the first piece where I added texts and some details very worked (eyes) in a sketch / illustration.”
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects or future plans ?
“You will see hehe.”
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be ?
“Hehe, i dunno… fruits maybe.”
Thanks Neo!  If you’d like to check out more work by Florian Nicolle (Neo), you can find more at
Florian Nicolle Website
Behance Network
Deviant Art