My pleasure Karim! I'm a graphic designer - illustrator specializing in sports communication. I studied in a school graphic design, where I got my degree. I am now settled near Nantes in France as a freelancer.
To me they are all important to their level during my career, but necessarily to have worked for the Chicago Bears and franchises like the Toronto Raptors and the Maple Leafs are my proudest projects today, not only because they are prestigious projects but I worked with some extraordinary people with great professionalism. They convinced me that this could be my full time job.
My first job is to make many photographic research on the topic I have to work. So I immerse myself in the environment that surrounds it. I can make a quick sketch to establish my basic idea. Then I start the composition process on Photoshop. Finally I go into the details (lights, textures, text ...) until it all looks harmonious to me.
Before everything, sport is a passion for a long time now especially basketball. This is a theme I've always liked to depict visually, I find many inspirations whether through athletes like Michael Jordan or historical moments. Until the day I decided to make this passion a big part of my job.
Thank you very much. Actually this was intentional on my part, I just wanted to step back from my job and find new techniques combining "traditional" design and new devices. It was based on a feeling just to please me, and finally I found it very valuable and that is why I started to do a complete series. I actually think that the new devices will become more and more important in our business even though it seems inconceivable to me to get away completely from computers and softwares.
I used to inflict on me big doses of work to be as productive as possible. But I realized that my work did not improve in quality, so I took more distance to be able to distinguish between my professional and private life. I'm trying to set up schedules to achieve my professional projects and having free time for drawing or doing more personal artworks.
Every day, the first thing I do is to take a tour on websites like Behance, Fubiz ... to keep me informed with graphic trends. I attach great importance to improve my skills by learning from other artists.
Thanks to Talking with the pros for this interview! And I will end up with "Be inquisitive and bold!"