Belgian illustrator Carole Wilmet is almost a magician who knows how to make your smile with her colorful&sweet, as your favorite candies, and witty illustrations :) We happy to post an exclusive interview with Carole!
L: We know a lot admirers of illustration already know who you are, but for whose who are unaware, tell us a little bit about yourself:)
CW: I’m a 22 years old belgian illustrator and graphic designer. I studied graphic design in Belgium but my passion for illustration is far older than that. Every illustrator can say the same but “I’ve been drawing since my tender age”. And it’s true and it was pretty easy to keep me busy as a child! Yet my graphic design studies taught me to take a different look at illustration in general. I discovered many known and unknown artists during these three years, and learnt a lot about the creating process.
L: Can you tell us about the characters of your art? You have very interesting set of portraits of belgian politicians showing them from unexpected angle:) How this set was born?
CW: Well, we have a very weird political situation here in Belgium. We own the world record of the longest period without a government. Even if it hardly changes anything in our everyday life, it’s still revolting. Why are all those people paid for? If someone doesn’t do his job, or does it bad, he just gets fired. Then why is this different for politicians? The situation is very complicated but this is becoming a bit ridiculous now, that’s why I thought of this drawing of our politicians as clowns. Usually, there isn’t any political message in my illustrations but this was just too much, such a big masquerade.
L: What do you think about the current trends in illustration field? Do you like it or?
CW: I love the big come back of simple geometric forms in illustration: triangles, diamonds, squares… you see them everywhere. There is also a very romantic, naive and childish trend in illustration right now. Lots of illustrators draw about their childhood, their memories and I think that’s a good thing. It’s a good way to do something really personal, because the big problem with trends is that everyone tends to do the same thing in the end.
L: Who is the most inspiring person of our century in your opinion and why?
CW: For the XXth century, I’d say Alfons Mucha. He didn’t walk on the moon or anything, but he had a great influence on illustrators at that time and he still has today. He could draw women like no one, and it’s probably at the view of his works that I decided to become an illustrator. So, even if he didn’t change the face of the world, he probably changed a lot of things for me.
And for the XXIst century, then it would probably be someone like Steve Jobs, or those guys who created Google. I guess they’ve changed our lives in a way, but they’re more like business men and probably less inspiring. This century has just started, it’s a bit too soon to point out someone really special.
L: Do you have other interests beside illustration and design?
CW: Of course! I love traveling and learning about other cultures, other lifestyles… even learning other languages (I’m actually trying to learn Russian, which is far more difficult than I thought. I’ll probably have given up in a week or two, haha!). I love cinema, music, summer evenings, reading, cooking and eating chocolate… anything that makes life merrier.
L: Favorite place (city, country) to visit?
CW: I went to Stockholm last year and I fell in love with the city. It’s so cosy and clean and people are so nice! I love North America too, even if I’ve only been to NY and Montreal. And, if I could choose any place to visit right now, it would be Saint Petersburg, then Kiev, then a tour in California and then Helsinki. But the list is far longer then that!
L: If you could change one thing in this world with your art- what would you do?
CW: I would take bad human thoughts from people. I’d like to be able to bring a little something to everyone and make them feel better at the sight of my works. No one would feel envy, jealousy, greed, unhappiness, uneasiness… anymore. If you don’t feel bad inside you can’t hurt others, right?
L: And our special question:) Imagine that you are sweets, what kind it would be and why?
CW: Haha, I would be those delicious Dracula teeth!
Just like that: http://www.mycandyshop.co.uk/95-172-thickbox/dracula-teeth.jpg
(shouldn’t have searched for a picture, I desperately want some now!)
Thank you Carole!