Idriss Dabré Interview


Idriss Dabré is a half Burkinabe and half Belgian illustrator working in Paris. He spent his childhood in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa before moving to Belgium to study. He loves symbolism and iconic imagery (Gustav Klimt, Yoshitaka Amano, James Jean). All his work features allegory, metaphor or childhood memories.

Tell us a fun fact about you Every day I watch the same episode of 'How I Met Your Mother' as it helps me sleep.

How did you get into illustration? My mum is a painter, my dad an architect so I guess this industry naturally came calling.


Who or what inspires you the most? Comics artist like Jean Giraud, Manu Larcenet and Daniel Clowes. I am also a huge fan of indie games, Jonathan Blow for example or Lucas Pope really inspired me. And directors Paul Thomas Anderson, Paolo Sorrentino and many more.

What does a typical day look like for you? My day job which is actually being an art director at advertising agency DDB Paris.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Playing the game 'The Witness' always helps.


Top three clients you've worked with? I have done many illustration commissions to date. So I guess it Nine by Nine would be one! Plus the art direction I have don at work for the likes of Netflix, Ubisoft and Playstation.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Pen, paper, and an old school Wacom Intuos3 (I love it still).

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Books, comics and Pinterest.


Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Think twice! It's really difficult to live from illustration day to day. But if you're passionate you probably don't need this advice.

What would your dream project be? Create a childrens book not for children.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


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