Camille Charbonneau Interview


Illustrator and graphic designer from Montréal, Canada, Camille Charbonneau has an unconditional love for pink and funky patterns. Drawing inspiration from everything, Camille likes to play with bold colours and geometric shapes to create fun illustrations.

Tell us a fun fact about you Fireworks terrify me.

How did you get into illustration? Ever since I can remember, I had a pen in my hand. Drawing on restaurant mats, napkins, everything I could possibly draw on, I did. Later on, I studied Graphic Design at University and fell in love with my illustration classes. They made me discover so many talented illustrators and allowed me to explore a lot of different illustration styles. Once I found a way to express myself through drawing, I was hooked.


Who or what inspires you the most? The list of artists that inspire me is never-ending and always changing. In my top 3 these days is : Keith Haring (will be in my top 3 forever to be honest), Holden Mesk and Yeye Weller. I am also surrounded by amazing friends who have a lot of talent. They always inspire me to work hard and stay creative.

What does a typical day look like for you? On a typical day, I would start by drinking a cup of coffee on my porch with my doggo. I would then spend most of my day working with clients on different graphic design projects while listening to true crime podcasts. My nights and weekends are when I concentrate on my personal projects and illustrations.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Creative block is a big part part of my everyday life. I think it is impossible to always feel inspired. The best we can do is embrace it and find new ways to work with it. However, when I feel particularly uninspired, I go on long walks with my furry friend and listen to The Creative Pep Talk Podcast, which is an amazing resource for tips and tools to help deal with creative block.


Top three clients you've worked with? Headster Kids, Mural Festival and Les Affaires Magazine.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I am a creature of habit. I always do my sketches with black ink pen in Rhodia notebooks, which have detachable pages that allow me to get rid of the ones I don't like. Some people may think that removing stuff from sketchbooks is a bad habit, but for me, it eliminates the pressure of having to create beautiful images on the first try. I then make the final artwork in Adobe Illustrator (yay for vectors!) and add the final touches on my iPad.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Instagram.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? 1) Don't overthink it (easier said then done).
2) Find what makes you happy in your work. Being yourself is your strength, it's what sets you apart from everyone.
3) Encourage other artists, there's a place for everyone.

What would your dream project be? Living in Montreal, Street Art is a big part of our culture. Everywhere you look, it is most likely that you'll find some form of it. It makes the city vibrant and full of colours all year round. My dream project would be to paint a big colourful mural somewhere in the city.

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


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