March 7, 2016

The Endless Possibilities a Cintiq can Offer

As artists, we all have the goal to create images with a strong visual impact and atmosphere that reflects our own personal style. To achieve this goal, we look for the right influences and tools that help us get there.
With this in mind we asked Ladislas Chachignot, freelance illustrator and designer based in Marseille (France), what inspires and drives him.

Here are the fruits of that interview, as well as some of his personal projects and creations made with the Cintiq offering endless possibilities. From school bags, sneakers, Vinyl design to apparel or even engraved limited phone cases. In parallel Ladislas is part of a poster art community, often creating alternative portraits and graphic tributes to movies.

Where are you in your career and how did you get there?

I’ve studied Art History in high school and graduated with a BTECH degree in a visual communications in Marseille. After this, I started working as a designer. I was splitting my time between music and graphic design. About a year ago I’ve stopped creating music and decided to work full time mostly on illustration, a creative field that fits me the best. 

What is your favorite style to work in and why?

I think I have multiple styles I like to work with, but two main ones I use the most: digital painting (portraits for the most part) and vector art.

Your styles vary across your work, what makes you experiment in different styles? 

This probably comes from the fact that I’m still looking to find myself as a creative, as I do not consider myself as an established designer just yet. Experimenting and creating various things is what I enjoy doing. I want to follow my interests!

When you are a freelancer like me, you are free to do whatever you like. So I want to use this freedom to try new things and discover/ learn new ways.
Eventually some specific aspects in my creativity will emerge. I don’t have a schedule on that, I just try to have fun and do my best on my commissioned & personal projects.

Was this the result of a change in your inner journey?

Absolutely! About two years ago, I was frustrated by the fact that I was not drawing anymore. In college/ school I used to draw a lot. I was drawing monsters and funky characters (being a fan of Jayce and the wheeled warriors).

After my formation and in my early days of freelancing, I didn’t have the time to draw much and I did not make any time for personal projects. So I decided to change the course and learn to draw portraits (something I truly enjoy). Since then I decided to allow myself some time to create things for me, creations without any brief. I just wanted to follow and experiment more to discover who I am as a creative person.

Do you have an additional job? If so, how do you distribute your hours? And how do you manage your motivation and discipline?

I work full time as an illustrator and graphic designer on various projects, some are more creative than others, but I definitely evolved since I decided to work more on things I enjoy doing. Focussing on personal projects, is my motivation.

To work as a freelance you have to be serious about time. I work from 9am to 6/6.30 pm. After that, I relax and try to socialize with my friends. This allow me to fuel my battery for the next day.

Where do you create your work and what is special to you about your workspace and environment?

I create all my work in my office where I surround myself with a collection various graphic stuff that inspire me. Also, I’m obsessed with pine cones (I am weird like that). I collect them from everywhere, i really like their shape.

My workspace is a mirror of who I am as a creative. Sometimes it’s totally crowded and other times I clear up the space again.

What tools do you use to create art?

For my creations, I work mostly digital. Years ago, I first got a Cintiq 12WX and from that moment on I knew this was opening a new world of possibilities. I was able to draw directly in softwares and I discovered the world of digital painting. I owned several Cintiq models through the years (like the Companion Hybrid and recently I bought a Cintiq 22HD).

I can work with this feeling of freedom thanks to my Wacom products. The sensibility of the pen, the buttons that you can customize with shortcuts and the natural feel of the surface. It’s just something that is part of my creative tools and methods. It helped me so much by pushing my creativity and being able to create more complex things.

I love details, and with Cintiq I’m able to work on details, zoom in or out and erase in a blink of an eye, draw subtle strokes and do all this with a very natural feel.
I definitely owe Wacom a lot for supporting me in my art journey :).

What’s your stance on creating artwork digitally vs traditional methods?

The digital world openend new possibilities, it’s a revolution, a bit like from painting to photography. Some people use that in a very talented and creative way. I do digital painting, but in a specific way that is, to me, the honest and creative way.

For exemple, in my alternative posters I use the digital medium as I would use traditional one. I draw, but I don’t trace any of my portraits, instead I draw and correct them until I’m happy with it. Then I start to paint digitally, using the possibilities. However, I believe it is truely the same approach as the traditional one. I’m mixing colors, use digital brushes. The process is way more complex than in traditional, because of the possibilities. It allows you to correct and fix, improve, adjust and create more quickly that you could do with traditional painting.

I think Digital Art doesn’t receive yet the recognition it deserves. The future is more and more digital, and I think you will see more and more digital art in exhibitions.

As a french artist, how is art celebrated in your country and does the culture affect your illustrative work?

I’m very lucky to be born in France. The country has this art culture in general (cinema, photography, painting). And I am lucky I was born in a country that respect the freedom for creation that is art. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to be an artist in France, though. But if you live in a big city, you have access to many cultural and artistic events and that’s a great thing!

French culture influences me, it also taught me to be open minded. Great French artists (ancient and present ones too) inspire me. But I also learned to discover and look outside of France. I must admit that I’m very influenced by foreign cultures and art, aspecially ancient civilisations like Mayan/ Aztec Art, Egyptian art or ancient Asiatic art. I like it, so I might create stuff in a French way haha :D.

Do you have any tips for beginner artists?

The best advice I can give is to follow your interests and make time to create things for you, like personal projects. In the future, these projects will be very valuable. All of us are in the same boat, when it’s about creation we’re shaped by our experiences, our tastes and this is unique to each of us. It a great starting point, I believe.

So I would advice you to create things you like to create. Also be open minded and share your work and knowledge, so you can  learn form others. For example, I upload projects on Behance to be presented in a good way and explain how I create my stuff. I also check out other peoples creatives projects and I learn from that. Internet is a gigantic library and it’s 24/7 free to consult.

Last tip, a very important one:
Try to be surrounded by friends who give you support, it’s great to have friends and people who support your path in creation and push you to evolve.


Thanks everyone for reading, hopefully it will be useful. If you’re interested in Ladislas´ creations, feel free to connect with him through social pages:

Facebook @Ladislas
Twitter @LA10LAS

Also a big thanks to Poster Spy for introducing us to Ladislas and other amazing artists!

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