French graphic designer Flore Maquin has recreated digital movie posters of a number of Hollywood films and TV series. Each piece depicts digital portraits of each respective films’ main characters and themes, while also embodying Maquin’s personal artistic flair of clean titles and bright color schemes. For more visit her website www.flore-maquin.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A 25 years old child who loves playing with colouring pencils.
Whom do you look up to?
When I was a child I’ve always told my parents “When I’ll be an adult, I will always put the pleasure in my work before the salary and I’ll fight for it to be true”. It’s too important for me to be happy in the work I’ll practice all my life. I discovered that the first thing that’ll make me happy is to create.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Everyone around me. Friends, family, artists. Every person can give a kind of “contribution” through words, tasks or acts. I’ve always been supported by the people close to me. It’s my first movitation to go further.
My mum has always put her children first but she kept her “artistice vibe” all her life. She’s always creating something and she can do anything : fashion, drawing, painting… This is my first goal : being polyvalent. “You can’t create this? Find another way to do it”. My father is a very ambitious person. The love of his work led him to be a talented manager. He often told me “Do you want to do it ? Then do it”. Most of the time, acts are better than words. Plus, I’m on behance. This is an international source of the bests creators in the world. A giant source of inspiration and talks about design. I like to think that we are all supportive on it. Everbody is humble and always supportive to any person looking for advice. Seeing all the talent in this platform makes me push myself to another level. Being always better, like my parents told me.
How did your art career start?
Graphic design came into my life when I had to work on touristic brochures during my firsts years of study. This is when I started to learn how to use a design software. I’m a self-educated graphic designer. Gradually I started to create documents for the city I lived in, for music institutes and so on. But, I like to think that I’ve always been a “secret artist”. Only my family and close friends knew that I loved doing some sketches every now and then.
According to me, being an artist means freedom. An artist expresses and creates something out of his/her own imagination. There are no barriers and this is what makes me want to be an artist.
What was your favourite project and why?
My favourite project is my Pulp Fiction poster. First, this was one of my first digital creation. Secondly, I love Quentin Tarantino for his world. In this movie, the stare of Mia Wallace is captivating. I wanted to put forward my perception of this movie and the player side of this character.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
My biggest challenge was when I joined the team of the Lumière Festival in 2014, dedicated to Pedro Almodovar. I had the opportunity to work into and for the cinema. This festival represents a lot of work and versatility. You have to keep an eye on all documents created and there are a lot! Above all, you have to be creative all the time. You cannot allow yourself to be tired because there is too much work to do. This is very exciting and very tiring at the same time. I think I have learned much more during this festival than during my studies. This year, I am working on the 2015 Lumière film festival dedicated to Martin Scorsese. A new (huge) challenge !
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker.
Your work is your best argument and this is what I tell myself every day. I’ve always wanted to work in Cinema and, thanks to this quote, now I do.
How do you define creativity?
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
GO FOR IT. If you want it, if you are passionate about it, stop thinking and go for it. Life is to short to not do the work that you’ve always dreamed of.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Stop being afraid of falling.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
The day I will have my own family. If my work takes me too much time, I will not sacrifice my family for it. But, we can make art everywhere with anything right? So, I guess I will never stop coloring!
All images © Flore Maquin