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I paint too. I got my obsession with dancers as Degas as with ballet dancers. Acrylic on canvas, 150x100cm.
Hi to the new people joining my page. I want to introduce you to my colorful universe. My name is Aurélia Durand, I am a graphic artist doing animations, illustrations and paintings. I am 28 years old, I was born and raised in France. I am a mixed race my parents are from two different countries, Ivory Coast and France. I have studied arts and design in France for six years. After my master, I decided to move to Copenhagen and I stayed for 6 years in Denmark. Living there has changed my life and pushed me to be braver and be the artist I am today. I have been working for various brands such as face.book, Tinder, Caran d’Ache, Apple, and more. I would define my art as a playful demonstration which is including colors and sounds. I am an artist engaged, and I want my works to include voices who are not part of the mainstream media’s. Today arts take all shapes and especially online, as a digital artist I am for more content that improves our lives on social media with better quality in terms of message. My artistic intention is to make colors matter in our society globally as we are all connected. And I want my art to challenge people and push the limits of our idea of society. 🎉🌈✨
It’s summer and I want to look back to the last couple of months of this year and talk more on projects I have been doing. The first one of the list is my collaboration with @songemusic. We started working together in February on the cover art of her new first album FLAVORITE CÂLÂ. It was an amazing collaboration, we connected quickly, our respective universe has found each other by our interest for colors. I just love working with musicians who like to incorporate visual art to their musical universe. Music talks to me and I try to give my visual version of the vibrations with still pictures and animations. Months after I made the illustration, I am still impressed by the visual. I gave a unique identity to the album with the shapes and the combination of colors. I got the chance after making the cover to create 10 shorts animations of the songs from the album. I developed further the universe of the album by illustrating each song. As Sônge is working with colors when she writes a song I had to incorporate some textures and colors in the visuals. We talked for two intensive weeks on the animations and how to create harmony with colors and movements. It was pretty cool and also hard work. After making the animations to celebrate the release of the album last Mars Sônge organized an event in a gallery in Paris with the artwork. And we got to meet for the first time and the connection was even more cool! I am happy cause I got to meet a very nice person and built a friendship from a cool art project. Swipe to watch some of the animations.
Still thinking about that day when I presented my work at the Apple store Champs Élysée in Paris. The first picture represents well what I believe as an artist. It took me long to find my voice and I am still working on it. I sacrificed a lot to be able to share my work with a crowd. It’s was not an easy exercise as I am usually working alone in my office and not speaking up about the meaning of my visuals. I have never been good at speaking in front of people, I never felt comfortable because I didn’t believe in me. People around me didn’t help me as well... I just felt vulnerable. So instead of using my words, I focused on creating visuals which are enough powerful to speak itself. I often think words are not enough to express feelings vibes, emotions so I use colors, shapes, patterns, letters to communicate. I see my work as a demonstration and the first picture shows that, a joyful demonstration. The second picture is the cover of the playlist on @applemusic Called “On s’enjaille “. I am so proud to show you that because it is a big deal for me. I use music in my joyful demonstration and having the opportunity to design a cover for a playlist which reflects my universe has been a goal for some time. I dreamt about it but didn’t think it could be possible, was not sure I had the ‘thing’ to be that artist. But some of you have been following me for more than two years, you saw me evolve and you are still there and engaging, so I guess I do have something to share worth to stick around. As a young black woman, things have been hard to believe, first because I have not seen any artist looking like me and talking about anti-racism. Second because of my youth, even if I do have lots of experiences: a master in product design, made a couple of startups, travels, etc I still have to work harder to prove my professionalism so I can be heard. Art is a mans white and straight world I have been influenced and inspired by them but their stories aren’t global and don’t reflect our diversity. It’s just time to make it change, I want to represent a new face of what an artist can also look like and my profile is a black female artist representing our joyful diversity.
Visiting the urban jungle 🇺🇸🏢 I like to stroll and be surprised by the city. It’s been great so far to walk in the streets and feel the vibes. I still have to walk some more miles to be more familiar with the city. Thanks for your recommandations.. I am visiting the city by myself, at first I apprehended to travel alone, but I guess I got used to it. It’s always better to share the experience with someone... so I do it with you ahah. Happy summer🌞
Time to celebrate ❤️🧡💛💚💙🎉 #pride2019
The reason why I am in New York is my collaboration with @califiafarms. This weekend I did a wall painting (9x9m) during the festival @popsugarplayground. I painted my version of Queen Califia surrounded by hills, river, and plants. While I was painting, I took pictures of the different stages of the process. See the crown is blooming in stop motion. :) Now I will rest and explore the city for the two next weeks. Happy summer ☀️ . . . . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratenow #illustrateyourworld #illustration_art #illustrationnow #illustratiindaily #illustrationpainting #illustrationofinstagram #floralillustration #illustrationdaily #flatillustration #wallpaint #wallpaintings #wallpaintingart #wallpaintart #blackartistmatter #blackartistspace #illustree #illustration_best #flatvector #designarf #dailydesignpick #delightgraphics #popsugarplayground #stopmotionvideo #califiafarms
This year has been crazy; I got to work with Amazing brands such as @califiafarms. Last February I was asked to illustrate the cover of the third issue of the pour over zine of @ pourovermag. And now I am in New York City to meet the team and to make a live painting at @ popsugarplayground. For me, it’s important to take jobs which goes along my vision to represent more diversity and celebrate it. For the cover art, I was inspired by the Californian landscapes, colors, and chill vibes. The main character is the symbol of @ califiafarms, which is also known to be the ´Spirit of California.’ Originated in the 16th-century Spanish novel, queen Califia leads an army of women warriors in an imaginary island paradise called California. Thank you to all the team behind who believed in my work.
Have you ever wonder how look like my workspace? Ideally, it looks clean like this 😂OK! I just cleaned my desk to show you the new monitor PD2720U for visual designers I got from the brand @inspiration_by_benq I tested and give a review of the product (I have worked on a new video where I talk in detail about the product, it is coming soon this week). What I really liked about the monitor was its large size, no reflection on the screen and the possibility to rotate the screen from horizontal to vertical. I made a new illustration of people dancing for this occasion. Hope you like it. #advertisment #benqmonitor #DesignVue #BenQPD2720U #Thunderboltmonitor #BenQProfessionalmonitor #MacDesigner #4KHDR #BenQEyeCare
Yesterday, as I made three animations for the campaign “Get in the game,” ⚽️ for Face-book, I gave a short presentation about my work at the Face-book beach with @curatedbyfb in Cannes Lions festival.🌴☀️
It’s been three months I left Denmark. I want to share something about what it takes to be creative and go for your own dreams. Back in 2013 I went in Denmark to go to the Academy of Fine Art and design of Copenhagen as an exchange student. While living amazing new experiences in Scandinavia I met someone so I decided to extend my stay in Denmark to be with him. We were both young artists looking to find their respective voices. We would help and support each other in each project we were developing. I liked being in Denmark for the first years but it was hard to find a job and to feel included in the society. I had to make effort in both my career and finding a place among danish people. It was difficult and I had some months of low confidence and I wanted to give up many times. At the end I tended to develop more my career than learning danish or making effort finding friends... What it took me to be an independent artist was to risk everything and follow my instinct which was to not be in Denmark anymore and go for new adventures. So yes I was in a relationship with a Danish guy for six years and it was the main reason why I moved to Denmark. We had the best time together, we were defining who we wanted to be and had so many good memories. I am here because of him so I had to mention him even if I feel it’s very personal. Relationships shape us, give us confidence, makes us strong and make our lives worth living! Pictures by @camillemcouat in the Apple store of Champs-Élysées.
Going to New York City ! 🇺🇸✈️🗽✨ @califiafarms ´s team and I have been collaborating the last past months on their third issue of their 100% female contributed zine, pour over. I will be flying over New York City next week to attend the launch party and so if you live in NYC you can meet me at the event on the 20th of June from 7-10pm. I will be making some live sketches. Excited to be there. Swipe to get further information! #pourover
Today at Apple 🍏 I have been invited to talk about my work and run a workshop at the Apple store located in Champs-Elysées in Paris. It was such a good event, we had fun to explore Procreate on the iPad Pro! Thank you for coming and supporting my work. I feel that my career as an illustrator has turned into something I could not imagine a few years ago. I am happy to see all of you commenting and giving me good vibes too. Through the years we became a community which reflects what I aim to show in my work and it’s a beautiful mix🌍🌎🌏 Thank you ❤️ I hope to make an event like this very soon again! @camillemcouat has taken these great pictures📸
🎶Proud to say I have been collaborating with Apple Music to create an illustration for the cover of the playlist « On s’enjaille » which features afro pop music! Thanks, everybody to make this happen. . . . . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustrationartist #womenwhodraw #moreillustrations #illustrationart #womenwithpencils #illustrationwork #digitalillustrator #theillustrationroom #womenillustrators #vectorgraphics #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #adobeillustrator #onsenjaille #illustrationdesign #afropop #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustration #afrotrap #applemusicplaylist
Get in the game ⚽️🏆 My new work for Face-book . Did you watch the first matches of the #fifawomensworldcup ?
I am an artist engaged, and I want you to find your voice too. Art can be fun and spreading good vibes, but we often forget the hard work behind every visual. I spent lots of time online as Instagram is my first channel to get clients and showcase my work, and I see lots of people copying artists and stilling their design to sell without any permissions. To be clear, it’s not because it’s on the internet that it doesn’t matter and nobody will see it. It’s entirely the opposite, everybody sees it, and it has an impact. Internet is the REAL LIFE, I can say it because since I shared my work, I have grown my business and meet lots of people behind the screen. It's not because you feel alone behind your screen that your behavior online doesn't matter... If I am where I am today, it’s only because I found my own voice, I have been able to create something unique. There is only one me on the planet, I have my own story and my own vision of the world, and so does my art. What I have experienced in my life is transmitted in my art: my doubts, fears, good times, travels, experiences... If you want to be an artist in any kind of fields, you need to find your OWN voice! Copying someone for the sake of getting followers is not going to fulfill your creativity. You can copy a style, but you won’t be able to spread the same message because you won’t have the experience the artist has. I know by saying that I seem very protective and not sharing, but I care so much about what I do. People often think art doesn’t matter and treat it like it's not relevant… I don’t agree. Art gives a sense in our lives and new perspectives, new reflexions, hope, emotions, and so much more. My advice as an artist: talk about yourself so you will create a unique connection with people. What matters in art is your story, so start by defining what makes you unique. Don’t hide, find your truth, find your voice, and your artwork will be unique. I have always been told it’s not the technique which makes you an artist; it’s first your intention. You will learn the method afterward (if obviously, you have some kind of talent in that area). Don’t idolize art and work hard on #findingyourvoice
Get in the game 2019! ⚽️🏆 Next Friday starts the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Paris! I have been commissioned to make three animated videos of three women playing football by Facebook. It will be used as a promotion of the event by Facebook. Cool no? #womensoccer #fifawwc
French touch 💛💚🧡
"This book is anti-racist" I am very pleased to show you the cover of the first book I ever illustrate and I am so glad it is about a subject which matters to me. @tiffanymjewell has written the story of this book and our publishing editor is @quartokids. 🔺The book is available for pre-order on Amazon (link in my website) and will be out in early 2020! It is published only in English. I want to say that the colors I use are not only about spreading joy but also to engage on cultural topics and create awarness. Thank you for your kind messages I receive everyday 😘
#todayatapple 🥳The 12th of June at 18:30 in the Apple store located in the street of Champs-Élysées, I will host a workshop to present you my work and give you a little exercise to draw on the #ipadpro. It’s going to be fun! I am looking forward to this crazy event. 🍏 Plus I am going to reveal a new amazing work at the event!!! 🔊✨ To participate you have to book a place here: https://apple.co/2wclYGz. The number of sit is limited!
Men having a break. I am going to do a series of men’s portrait, I feel I have not represented enough men in my visuals not because I am against representing them but because I felt it was more natural to illustrate women’s stories as I can relate more. I think that in the context we are now (me too movement or recently the abortion’s laws) we tend to reject men and accuse them for their machismo behaviors. I feel instead of doing it we should take care more of them and let them be more sensible and vulnerable. So I am going to include them more in my visuals to engage a new dialogue and to introduce more inclusivity. I am very much inspired by Edward Hooper I have to admit... I am a huge fan. I hope you had a good weekend.
Breaking through barriers to racial equity. I had the pleasure to be commissioned by @illozoo to create a series of illustrations for Stanford Social Innovation Review. During a month or so I am going to illustrate a series of articles written by different professionals working within the social field about the discussions which focused on race and racism. The series presents challenging questions and provoking ideas to break through the discriminatory barriers to racial equity across sectors. Here are the two first illustrations; the first illustration is the introduction of the series which represents diversity and the second illustrate the article titled ”Social innovation alone can’t solve racial inequality” which is written by Shawn Ginwright & Sai Seigel. 🔸Links 1. https://ssir.orgbreaking_through_barriers_to_racial_equity 2. https://ssir.org/articles/entry/social_innovation_alone_cant_solve_racial_inequality . . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustrationartist #womenwhodraw #moreillustrations #illustrationart #womenwithpencils #illustrationwork #illustrationgram #digitalillustrator #theillustrationroom #womenillustrators #vectorgraphics #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #adobeillustrator #illustrationdesign #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustrations #racism #racialequity #racialdiversity #standfordsocialinnovationreview #illustrationdesigner #illustrationdesign
Finding inspiration🤔 Just me. Aurélia.👋🏾 I am busy working on many exciting projects so I don’t have much time to publish new illustrations... It will come soon. It takes time to draw and get new ideas. It's important to take breaks and refresh my mind to find inspiration. But I hardly find time for myself those days... I am looking forward to be this summer and visit New York! :) Did you see my Instagram stories yet? I did a bunch of drawings on #ipadpro with #procreare ;) How do you do to find a balance between your job and your personnal life? Hard question isn't it? . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustratricefrancaise #illustrator #womenillustrator #selfportraitart #mixedrace #multiculturalart #afropean #blackartist #blackwomenartist #afroartist #blackgirlart #blackwomanart #popcultureart #blackwomanartist #curlynaturalhair #naturallycurlyhair #womenwithpencils #portraitphoto #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustrations
Get it guys! Two years ago I started to share my illustrations online. I had no idea of what would happen and how people will perceive my illustrations. First I started to do it for my self; I needed to see more colors in my daily life. At the time I was living in Copenhagen where I saw no colors and a rejection of it. I decided to jump on that and make my own revolution: to celebrate colors and diversity. And a celebration always comes with dances and joyful moments. 🎉 Here is a selection of the characters I have been developing across the time through different projects, my favorite dancers :) 🎈Ps: I am planning on doing timelapse of sketches which will take place in my stories so check it out if you are curious to see how I sketch.
Illustrations colorées qui parlent de diversité. 🌸🌼
Contest is ended! The winners are: @benissic @tbrsd @kari_kono (send me a pm to get more details) Thank you everyone for participating to the contest. You were so many I did not expect that! If you want to get a poster or more click in the link in my bio. Best, Aurélia! . . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustrationartist #womenwhodraw #moreillustrations #illustrationart #womenwithpencils #illustrationwork #illustrationgram #digitalillustrator #theillustrationroom #womenillustrators #vectorgraphics #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #adobeillustrator #popart #popculture #illustrationdesign #afroartist #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustrations #artcontest
Things I often hear from people: What's like to be a full-time illustrator? Wow, you have lots of followers, how did you do? How do you make a living? Do you have a side job? The magic of the internet is that when you have a talent people will share it, and you get to be discovered. It is a channel which is very crowded nowadays, but it is possible. There is no secret or secret magic potion to be an artist; even if you have 100.000 followers, it does not mean it will happen. Numbers don't matter; it is all about the content and the engagement. Instagram is a tool for those who have something worth to share; it engages communities around topics, and it creates real close connections .Thanks to Instagram and all other online platform people discover lots of creatives and get a closer look at what's like to be an artist, and that's awesome. From my point of view, I see my Instagram profile as a gallery where I show my new skills and what I can do so brands can decide what style they like for an upcoming project. Most of the illustrations on my Instagram are my personal work, and I enjoy sharing it with people, it creates awareness of my style and drives traffic on my page. I am not contacting any of the brands I am working with, I spend a lot of time creating original content for social media, and it is how people see my work. I make a living thanks to brands who ask me to create illustrations for their online platforms, magazine, events, music, book for children and more. Most of the brands I work with are based in Paris, London, New York and California. I work on various projects and use my illustrations style for those assignments. I don't live from selling posters, it is a passive income which is great, but it doesn't pay all my bills. And I am not interested in creating a brand name; I just want to be a graphic artist who do various projects for different brands. If you have more questions please do I will try to answer you in the comments. Thank you.
Sketching new ideas with the new pen of @carandache. I don't especially need to be in a particular space to get creative; I get comfortable with a pen and a sketchbook easily. I get ideas when I lay down on my bed, when I walk with my headphones in the street, when I am in the metro, when I have to wait for my pizza to be ready,... It seems magical but it is not, it's merely because I trained myself not to get stuck in my thoughts. I guess writing down my ideas with a pen helps to concentrate and envision. It is the last week for entering the contest #claimyourstyle; you need to post a sketch of the person who inspires you the most and tag #claimyourstyle @carandache & @4ur3lia. The contest ends on the 3rd of May. #ad . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustratricefrancaise #illustrator #selfportraitart #mixedrace #multiculturalart #blackartist #blackwomenartist #afroartist #blackgirlart #blackwomanart #afrostyle #blackwomanartist #curlynaturalhair #naturallycurlyhair #womenwithpencils #portraitphoto #visualgraphic #vectorillustration #editorialillustrator #vectorartist
Evenings are made for chilling 😺 . . . . . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustrationartist #womenwhodraw #moreillustrations #illustrationart #womenwithpencils #illustrationwork #illustrationgram #digitalillustrator #theillustrationroom #womenillustrators #vectorgraphics #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #adobeillustrator #illustrationdesign #animalart #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustrations
You are more and more people joining my journey, which is crazy. For those who don't know here a short presentation of who I am. My name is Aurélia Durand; I am a french illustrator based in Paris. My artworks aim to celebrate colors and to decolonalize. I do digital illustration, animations and sometimes I paint on canvas. I have been studying Arts and Design and got a master in Product design at the age of 23. I went to Denmark as an exchange student and decided to stay longer which end up to be five years in total. The Scandinavian lifestyle has inspired me and is still influencing me. Two months ago, I came back from Copenhagen, and so I am experiencing with a new eye Paris and the French culture. Traveling and living like a local inspires me, I do things out of my comfort zone and at first I am vulnerable, but then I am more confident because I push myself to do new experiences and meet new people. I feel that drawing the world is also to be able to understand it; that is why I am doing all of this. I am not out all day long cause I got lots of work to do as well since I started to share my work online, you have given me confidence and jobs so I can make a living out of my art. I am must have done something special that you like! What is that? ;) Thanks for reading and commenting. . . . #aureliadurand #illustratrice #illustratricefrancaise #illustrator #selfportraitart #mixedrace #multiculturalart #afropean #blackartist #blackwomenartist #afroartist #blackgirlart #blackwomanart #afrostyle #blackwomanartist #curlynaturalhair #naturallycurlyhair #womenwithpencils #portraitphoto #visualgraphic #editorialart #vectorillustration #flatdesign #adobeillustrator #illustrationdesign #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #editorialillustrator #vectorartist #editorialillustrations
Not Friday night yet but I had to share that today! Good vibes to you ✨
The place I like to spend most of my time is this one.📝🖥
Back to France. I moved back to Paris after living for five years in Copenhagen, Denmark. I lived there for many reasons love, curiosity, finding a new path, etc. I got the chance to meet interesting people, to create a few but real and strong relationships and finding myself. I feel that traveling helps me to get more creative and pushes me to dare a lot more. I already talked on previous posts about my experience as an expat in Denmark; my ups, and downs. I guess everywhere you would move you will find difficulties and frustrations it's not easy to change your environment but it makes you stronger, and you get to do things you wouldn't imagine you could do (at least it is what happen to me). Without Denmark, I wouldn't be who I am now, so thank you to everyone I met there and who have been my friends on the way. Paris, I am looking forward to seeing what you will offer. (I am standing in the charming district Christianshavn in Copenhagen)
Since I have been visiting @carandache factory in Geneva, I have been playing around with their new Claim Your Style pen. (>>swipe to see me sketching✒️) I rarely post my rough sketches on my feed not because I don't do it often (I actually do), but because I don't always feel there are appealing enough or saying much. I feel it's important to say that I am not only a digital illustrator; I also start with a pen and paper. Behind each of my illustrations, there are a few rough sketches to give me a direction in the composition. Do you draw often? What do you like to draw? #ClaimYourStyle #ad
Surrounded by vibrant colors. You can purchase the prints on my website (link in bio)
Since I have started to share my work I have always been myself, trying to bring positivity and joy. Today I can see that my persistent approach and consistent work is paying off; I am a fulltime illustrator doing what I like. There is no luck about it, for me when you innovate and bring something new in arts you get to be discovered. My illustrations have reached people across the world and I am working and connecting with creatives on crazy projects. On my Instagram and other online platforms I work constantly on creating unique visuals which come from my perception of the world surrounding me. And brands like @carandache approached me because they like my colorful content and have invited me along side 4 other creatives ( @rylsee @mat_buckets @sebastian.schmidt @emmajanepalin ) to visit their factory in Geneva. I feel grateful for having this opportunity; it was fun! @igor_laski took the pictures and the artist on the boat with a hat is @kalonjijp. Thanks to @annesophiescharff @victoria_blondeau_l for making this happen.
First exhibition in London via @houseofafricanart. I am exhibiting four paintings at @hoxton_arches until next tuesday. Yesterday Carine Armand the curator of the exhibition asked me a couple of questions about my work. It was great being there and meeting all the other artists. Special thank you to Maryam Lawal who organized and funded this exhibition. While I was in London I did a tour in the museums and on my way I saw the Brexit protest which is so important; we have to be connected and diverse. I hope to come back soon. Bye London.
It’s great to see my illustrations out in the world and used for promoting music and good vibes. If you live in Paris, tomorrow, there is a release party /exhibition of the new album of @songemusic at @libreservice_ in Pigalle (metro 2) from 18-22. I won't be there but you can see the visuals and listen to great music!
Hi there, my name is Aurélia Durand. I am posing in my studio next to the paintings I made for my solo exhibition called "Haut en couleurs." I am busy working on many exciting projects coming up soon. One illustration book is on its way for next year, a series of acrylic paintings, lots of new illustrations for editorial purpose and animations for musicians and advertisements. The life of an illustrator is fun, but it also requires time, patience and dedication. I spend most of my time indoors working on making you feel happy, which I think is very cool cause I like to spread good vibes. For some of my work, I spend hours thinking about what is the best colors, shapes and music, its hours of joy for me too because I like to search and innovate. Of course, I want to see the final product but its more exciting to live the process. My work is in constant movement like me; I don't stop thinking about what is my next project, how to improve how to surprise and what subject to introduce. Thanks to my job I also meet interesting people who help me to improve and inspire me and influence my decisions too. One advice I can give to those who are creative: What matters in art is the quality of your intentions then you will learn the technique to show your thoughts visually. PS: check out my stories I share my events pictures and more behind of the scene with silly photos sometimes when I am tired.
New artwork recently made for the new album of @songemusic. Sônge is a French singer who is a true melancholic ;) The music she writes, abstract lyrically and harnessed by a flickering, electro-house production, is the perfect kind of pop you should listen to. Her new album called Flavourite CÂLÂ is out soon. ✨You can stream her music on all digital music platforms.
How many of you are from NYC? I am very curious.
Let there be rock! I have recently made an animation for the band @dtroit.dk of their cover song of @ACDC "Let there be rock." You can find the link of the video here and in my story: https://youtu.be/duB9JAawbiY Who is D/TROIT? D/TROIT is a Danish soul band based in Copenhagen. Their name pays homage to the golden age of soul. If James Brown or Charles Bradley is your thing, so is D/troit. While playing live they turn into a groove behemoth together with a horn section and backup singers that is bound to get you on the dance floor like it was the 1960’s. First, when they contacted me to make the animation, I had a look at their visual identity to see if our visual universe could match. I was convinced quickly. I felt I could make something vibrant, plus the music talked to me a lot because I saw shapes, colors, and moves. Music has a big part in my work and generally in my life, I listen to many genres of music from Afro-pop to soul to indie rock. Music is a sound, it's transparent, it's in the air, but we materialize it with dances, drawings, colors, shapes, and sometimes with taste. As an illustrator I see an opportunity to shape the sound I listen to, I feel the vibes and try to give my perception to the music. Enjoy and have a great time!
From daydreaming to reality. It's me, Aurélia, surrounded by my colorful illustrations. (I uploaded some new prints in the shop so if you want one click in my link in bio) You are so many people who comment and send me messages. Thank you. I appreciate your kindness and support! I am glad you like my work and that you are sharing it with your friends. Today I am developing and exploring more with my art because you believe in what I do. A few years ago I was starting up and I was alone, now I am connecting with you via the social networks and in real life, and I get to know interesting people who inspire me too. If you have any request for commission work, please send me an email.
Can't help myself but to share a little more of my journey to Paris this December. I am standing in a tiny street in the district called Montmartre. This place has been seen in many French movies that you have probably watched, and its streets have so much history related to prominent artists as well. A decades ago I studied art in Paris for a year to prepare my entrance into Fine arts and design schools. It was an intense year, I mostly spent my days drawing in museums, metros, streets to get better at observing and creating my universe. I kept all of my sketchbooks to remind me how my skills evolved. When I come to Paris it's to see arts as much as I can and connect with other creatives; my favorite museums to see contemporary art are Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, 104 and many more. Being back has been a good reminder that I still love this place and I want to be back soon.
Bonne année! Godt nyt år! Wherever you live please smile and be joyful, it's all that matters tonight and the rest of the next new days coming up. 💪🏽🎉✨🍾😄 #lifeisjoyful