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Illustrate your Life: Sebastien Del Grosso

I try to make something very personal. I try to give life to an idea, and to create images that express my state of mind or emotion.

Interview by Andrea Gamboa - Icarus@citizenbrooklyn.com Art by Sebastien Del Grosso
Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

Citizen Brooklyn: Would you consider yourself more of a photographer or an illustrator?
I’ve worked as a freelance graphic designer for eight years; so, I can say that I’m an illustrator in my work, and a photographer just for pleasure. I discovered photography three years ago, and for now, it’s only a hobby.

Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

CBK: Where did this idea of joining photos and sketches come from?
Since childhood, drawing has always been a passion of mine, but when I discovered photography, I thought that the combination of these two passions would allow me to do something a little out of the ordinary, very personal, and give free rein to my imagination.

Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

CBK: How do you join these two things? What tools do you use—do you draw on the computer or by hand?
First, the picture is taken inside my apartment, only with natural light, with a Canon 7D and a 50mm or a 16-35mm. The drawing part is made by hand on a sheet of paper, scanned, cleaned, and then partially added to the photo. All the process for the dodge and burn and the mix of the photography and the sketch are done on Photoshop.

Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

CBK: How do you exhibit your work?
Actually, my works are only exhibited on the web. First on my Flickr and my Facebook Page; some of my best are on the 1X website. For the future, I hope to prepare a book with all the images of this series, and [provide] some text to explain why they were created… and maybe a print version for an exhibition.

Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

CBK: Are they mostly self-portraits? How does authorship play out in your work?
It was originally going to be one self-portrait (“self-sketch”, the first of my series). But after some reflection, I thought I could make a small series, and I could illustrate my life. My sketches gave birth to each of his actions or by the intervention of people who are close to me (in “sketch your mentor” for example, the intervention was of my grandmother who taught me in the drawing), or events that have been important to me (as in “sketch the life” with the birth of my girl “Cataleya”), but also with something a little more humorous (in “Catch & Sketch” for examples with the intervention of my friend Cal Redback, but also “sketch and fight”, a battle of two artists, each with its own technique).

Art ©  Sebastien Del Grosso

Art © Sebastien Del Grosso

CBK: Would you say your art speaks about itself and art in general?
I don’t know if my art speaks about itself. I try to make something very personal. I try to give life to an idea, and to create images that express my state of mind or emotion.

Check out Sebastien’s work here:

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/s-d-g/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SdgPhotographie

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