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Charlotte Lebreton is a fascinating French Artist hailing from Paris France. Charlotte’s work and it’s unique feel really brings something special to the art community, and often serves as a great way shake things up in the Urban-Muse social feeds because her work has such a different yet beautiful feel to it.
One of the things that stands out about Charlotte is most of her social media presence is in French and aside from automatic translation etc, we didn’t know much about her personality and other unique aspects about her that makes her so special. One thing that I wanted to ask her about was how living in Paris has affected her work if at all, she honestly didn’t think that living in Paris was anything special at all because she’d lived there basically her whole life, people have a tendency to over romanticize that city but to her it’s just her home.
By doing this Magazine we’ve had the chance to talk to 25 artists so far, from all over the planet, you start to see striking similarities between all of them, and certain unique aspects from some of them, Charlotte is one of the most unique yet, and one of the most fun to talk to and learn about so far.
Introductory Statement: One of my main goals with Urban-Muse Magazine is to use to to highlight new and exciting artists. I believe that you are one of the most exciting artists I’ve seen, for the same reasons I chose to highlight the artist Andra Watson in this issue, a unique “look” all your own. Having a unique art style I think is extremely important for an artist to differentiate themselves from the literally millions of other artists out there. Your art has a unique look that I think is fresh and new, while still retaining a comforting familiarity. It’s a great pleasure to highlight your work here.
Urban-Muse.com: So let’s get started, you’re a French artist living in Paris. Paris has long been a Mecca for art for hundreds of years. How do you like being a Parisian artist? What can you tell our readers about living in such a beautiful city and creating art there? Has the city itself helped to inspire you?
Charlotte Lebreton: I always lived in Paris, for me, Paris is like any city in the world! People tend to romanticize a lot Paris, I don’t draw a lot outside, maybe if someday I live in another city than Paris, I will be able to compare both cities. I think I don’t realize how Paris seems beautiful, living here all year.
Urban-Muse.com: Who are your favorite artists and inspirations? Current and past? A definite influence seems to be Disney/Pixar is that true?
Charlotte Lebreton: I was influenced a lot by very well known Disney artists like Glen Keane for his character design and Tim Burton whom I admire his dark, macabre and colored universe. Another influence are the comic artists Alessandro Barbucci and Canepa. One of my favourite artists is Juanjo Guarnido, a very famous comic artist who also worked for Disney.
Urban-Muse.com: When looking at your art you see lots of familiar pop art properties like Ghost in the Shell, Star Wars, The Fifth Element, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Moana, and lots more. What are you absolute favorite movies, games, anime, etc?
Charlotte Lebreton: My favorite video game is “Alice: Madness Returns” for the artistic universe as well as for the Gameplay. The universe is at the same time psychedelic, colored, macabre and very bloody. I am addict of Overwatch too. My favourite movies are “Gainsbourg vie héroique”, “The Fifth Element”, “Edward Scissorhands,” “Toy Story”. I also have to mention Miyazaki’s movies who is also one of my biggest artistic influence.
Urban-Muse.com: What are your tools of the trade? What model tablet, what kind of computer, operating system, programs etc?
Charlotte Lebreton: I use a Wacom Intuos 5 Pro, Windows 7. The software which I use most for illustration is Photoshop. For 3D and FX I use 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, Zbrush, Nuke, and After Effects.
Urban-Muse.com: Do you use any specific brushes or plugins you can recommend to our readers?
Charlotte Lebreton: I use photoshop’s basic brushes and the brush mixer.
Urban-Muse.com: What do you do when you encounter artists block? How do you overcome this? This is something we’re focusing heavily on in this issue.
Charlotte Lebreton: When I have an artist block, I prefer to take some rest, have a break, and do something fun. I don’t force things. Eventually, the inspiration comes back.
Urban-Muse.com: Have you ever been working on a piece and nothing was going right and you really struggled with it, but eventually was able to finish it? What did you do when that happened? What did you learn from that?
Charlotte Lebreton: I take a break, and come back later to it, nothing come good when you get angry on something that’s doesn’t work!
Urban-Muse.com: What social media site has been the most important to you and building your fanbase? What do you like about it?
Charlotte Lebreton: It depends on what kind of people! If you want to be followed by professionals, it’s better to talk to them on ArtStation, but if you don’t mind the type of followers, Facebook and Instagram are very good to share your work. You can use hashtags to make people come at you.
Urban-Muse.com: How do you balance your life so you have to time to create art?
Charlotte Lebreton: I have to work on Roger all the week, but the week end is the time when I can rest and draw. I mostly draw when I have free time, like during holidays.
Urban-Muse.com: Do you do anything special that helps you be creative and create better art? Things like getting enough sleep, diet / exercise, relaxation techniques, or relationships (romantic and or friendships)? Do you think things like this can help you be a better artist?
Charlotte Lebreton: I don’t sleep a lot, I’m often stressed and anxious. My social and sentimental life doesn’t influence at all my creativity. I noticed that I’m much more creative and productive when I’m in a rush! It’s a bit strange, I guess everyone is different.
Urban-Muse.com: What would you say to an artist who wants to improve their work?
Charlotte Lebreton: It’s absolutely necessary to be observant and curious, to re enforce your art knowledge. You have to show your work to professional to receive critics that help you to improve, and work lot lot lot!
Urban-Muse.com: Sometimes artists get really frustrated and feel like quitting art altogether, have you ever felt like that? What would you say to someone who wants to quit art but maybe needs some encouragement?
Charlotte Lebreton: I have already had this problem after a bad criticism or an art block. I would say to encourage someone, “whatever your art level, if you really enjoy drawing, work like a madman, never give up.” To know how to draw is not something you’re born with, it’s a lot of work, so if you make a lot of efforts with passion you will eventually succeed.
Urban-Muse.com: If you could talk to a younger version of yourself knowing what you know now, what would you say to her?
Charlotte Lebreton: I would say “pay more attention to morphology class and perspective class”
Urban-Muse.com: What is your absolute favorite piece of yours of all time?
Charlotte Lebreton: My absolute favorite piece is my animated short film “nez en mois disait Cléopatre.“
Urban-Muse.com: In addition to your work, what goals do you have for the future for you and your art?
Charlotte Lebreton: I would like to continue to work in the animation industry as well as to publish my own artbook.
Urban-Muse.com: What do you think the future holds for art? How do you think art and artists role in society will expand going into the future? What kind of technological advancements do you think we’ll see for artists? What does the future of art look like?
Charlotte Lebreton: With the evolution of technology, there will be more way to create digital art and 3D art… even though at some point, there will be some way to replace people with advanced technology…. but I’m sure creative people will always be here and useful, creative jobs will never disappear!
Urban-Muse.com: Thankyou, so much for letting us get to know you a bit better Charlotte!
Charlotte Lebreton: You’re welcome.
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