Looking at the rainbovv-hued works of Maite Franchi, a 29-year-old Parisian in Lyon, one wouldn’t guess that the concept of colour was once unknown to her. A hard worker by nature, Maite is also quirky and fun, and she isn’t afraid to show this through expressive illustrations – each brighter, bolder and more energetic than the ones before them. She tells of her approach to vector art, how her aesthetic has evolved, and her goal to further explore screen printing.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your story…
I studied graphic design and art in Paris for five years, after which I travelled to Vietnam and moved to Dublin. During this time, I really looked for myself in my work.
I like bringing colourful atmospheres and textures to them, which correspond more to my sensibilities.
I was a full-time art director by day and a freelancer by night, until I quit my job to join FolioArt – and I’m more than delighted that I did so!
What do you most like exploring in your art?
I like observing the general shape of the subject, and will try to simplify it as much as I can. I’ll draw the same subject multiple times until I am able to draw it with no more than a few lines. Essentially, I work with vectors. These can often look cold, so I like bringing colourful atmospheres and textures to them, which correspond more to my sensibilities.
What gets you out of bed every day?
The smell of coffee? No; the horrible sound of my alarm clock, followed by my boyfriend and the ultimate wake-up call – my dog!
How does your use of colour come into play in your work?
When I was at school, I would draw using bold black lines a lot.
I experimented with colour, which I had never used previously. Eventually, I pretty much stopped using lines at all! And now, I can’t get enough of colour.
I like observing the general shape of the subject, and will try to simplify it as much as I can.
Where do you see yourself in 2016?
I’d like to keep working in the same studio that I currently share with other illustrators, and keep on exploring screen printing as a personal project.
Who has inspired you most this past year?
I’m in love with the works of Andre Beato, Ilk Flottante, Tyrsa, Alex
Trochut, 123Klan, CRCR, DXTR,
Jean Jullien, Mads Berg, Mayumi Otero, Horace Pippin, Jon McNaught,
Jessica Hische… the list goes on!
A word of wisdom to share with us?
Make it Franchi!” – words which my friends wrote on my pencil case when I left my art director job and became a full-time freelancer.
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