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Philippe Constantinesco
age: 24
country: France
exposed: July 2006
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Please introduce yourself and tell us something about yourself and your background.
I am a French freelance graphic designer and I specialise in illustration and animation. I graduated from the Graduate Institute for Applied Arts (LISAA) in Strasbourg, France, with a degree in visual communication.

What makes a good illustration in your eyes?
Well, it is hard to answer because I appreciate a lot of different styles. The composition of the work, the colours and a nice controlled technique are the most important elements in my eyes.

Could you tell us something about your work process? How do you start? How long do you work on it? What mediums do you work in and which one do you enjoy the most?
It depends. In general, first of all I think about the work I have to produce. Then I make separate drawings and I try to put them togeteher. I appreciate mixing traditional and vectorial techniques.

To what extend do you allow clients to influence your work?
It depends on the client, the budget etc... Sometimes I have to work on projects that I donít necessarily appreciate, thatís the reason why they donít appear on the website. Besides, it is hard to make actual graphic design in Strasbourg because this town is very conservative.

What key feature are you missing in the application you most work with?
An eraser in illustrator

In what way do you use the Internet? What role does the computer play in your work?
Internet gives me the opportunity to communicate and work in the USA, Japan, Spain, etc. and I always use this channel to send artworks to my clients. I also write articles on my blog concerning illustrators or designers I appreciate.

Computer or Ink?

Concept or Intuition?

The thin line between art & design is sometimes hard to define. Do you consider you work to be art or design? Why?
I consider that I am a designer because my productions fit over some briefs.

If you had an unlimited budget and all the time you needed. What would you do?
An animation or exhibition with several people, to mix techniques.

What inspires you?
I draw my inspiration from graphic codes specific to each culture and civilisation, but also from Art History and Graphism History, which renders my spectrum of references large and varied.

How do to you keep your knowledge up to date? Do you spread your knowledge at universities, conferences or workshops and so on?
I go to previews, exhibitions, I buy books, I look for information on the internet etc...

Who is your favorite artist/designer? Why?
Stephane Manel because his line is very thin and vibrating. He also uses great colours and has a wonderful technique of composition!

Which project or website would you like to have made, or make?
A big poster advertising cultural events ?>