I’m also interested in illustration, and even though I personally can’t really draw I was always interested in artists such as Mambo, Banksy, Fafi…, who also come from the world of graffiti and street art. I recently discovered the work of Jean Mosambi, a French artist who creates posters for concerts and other cultural events, usually using techniques like silk screen printing in a very cool vintage style. As far as lettering, calligraphy and graphic design go, my influences are varied, from Doyald Young to Aaron Draplin, Saul Bass, Gemma O’Brien, Herb Lubalin, Ryan Hamrick, Tyrsa, Faust, Jessica Hische and so on… I could go on for hours!
After that, I rather naturally turned to lettering. At first, I would doodle everything that went through my head, then after a while I started sharing my work on Instagram, where you can find a lot of other artists. I remember Goodtype Tuesdays, back when the Goodtype account “only” had 20,000 followers (they have more than 600,000 now). Every Tuesday, the objective was to create a piece that fit a particular theme. Thinking back, I realize that having a set theme helped me a lot, as well as having a deadline. I would go home after work and try to have something ready by the end of the night. I remember quite a few late nights where I tried to finish my piece on time!