[Interview] Emilie Boudart

Emilie Boudart will be a part of the “Close Up” event this 19th and 20th of May and will exhibit her different works only for you! Emilie works in advertising and has a degree in illustration. We wanted to ask her a few questions about her work!

When did you passion for drawing begin?

I’ve always drawn. I grew up in a very artistic and creative atmosphere. Self realization by artistic mediums. Feeling comfortable in it, I persevered without constraint, which I still do.

What is your background?
I am a self-taught illustrator, however my studies in graphic design allowed me to boost my vision of illustration and gradually refine the techniques I use. I’ve since been working in advertising, a creative environment where ideas abound. I think that my environment is ideal for creative inspiration.

It’s clear that you love drawing animals, could you explain why?

Indeed, the theme of animals comes up often in my work. Especially birds, fish and cats. I like the symbols that represent animals but I especially appreciate the details and contrasts in their silhouettes. Nothing like a plumage or a nice fleece to make interesting patterns and textures

What is the message you’re trying to convey with your work “Humeur” ? 

I made “Les Humeurs” for my final year work. I’ve experimented with techniques I like, including collage and black and white contrasts. From the same silhouette, I created different types of moods, such as sadness, anger, fatigue… This work is difficult to explain because the illustrations represent only a fraction of the final piece, but is the one I enjoyed most creating. It is thanks to this assignment during my senior year that I realized the importance of illustration for me, and my desire to always continue to persevere in the field. It’s a way to illustrate my daily life.

Is color an important part of your work? Why?

When I imagine a new illustration in my mind, it always takes form in black and white. I play with contrasts, the texture of the paper and used markers. I deconstruct volumes and shatter the established codes that rule shadows by adding patterns and blank spaces where unexpected.
I add colors afterwards, once I’ve defined the contour, usually to highlight a particular detail, an emotion, or in rare exceptions, for the beauty of the illustration.

What are your main sources of inspiration?
The theme that comes up the most in my work is the search for female identity. Women, their insecurities, their bodies, their thoughts, curves and angles are a real source of inspiration for me. I don’t intend to create a beautiful and perfect woman. For me, the quirks and flaws create individuality. I often explore this theme by combining it with made up stories as well as with tales and legends full of magic and mythology that I appropriate. In my work, femininity is represented as a nymph, mysterious, intimidating and beautiful.
As for plain inspiration, I like scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, two real mines of inspiration.

Which materials do you favor and why?

My favorite tools are “Rotring” and “Posca” markers as well as the “écolines” method, which I use pure or diluted like watercolor, depending on the desired effect. I like the intensity the “écolines” method gives to colors and the dexterity the markers provide me. I alter the thickness of the latter to nuance the textures and patterns, and I arm myself with the patience to achieve large surfaces with fine markers. This allows me to bring texture and volume to dark colors. But in the future I will not hesitate to go back to collage and other techniques.

We can see you like to include geometrical shapes in your artwork, could you explain the meaning behind it?

Aren’t imperfect geometric shapes simply the sign of perfection? I don’t have a real explanation. Often I start to draw without knowing exactly what my final artwork will look like. I create as the marker glides on the paper. And the geometric shapes used, most often on patterns, deconstruct my drawings in a way I particularly like.


What are your plans for the future?

Continue to draw more, create new screen-prints and linocuts, open my own e-shop, exhibit, escape…

Don’t hesitate and go check her website for more information!

“Close Up” 

Friday 19th of May / 4pm-10pm / 5€

Saturday 20th of May / 2pm-10pm / 8€

Weekend pass / 10€

Musée Juif de Belgique / Joods Museum van Belgïe
Miniemenstraat 21, 1000 Brussel (Zavel/Sablon)

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