Hi Lolita! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what “Lolita Picco” is all about?
I’m an illustrator and the creator of the brand Lolita Picco, I’m 27, live in Marseille but I was born in Martigues, a little close town. After finishing my studies in Applied Arts in 2008, I started my freelance activity as a graphist, as this is my main area of expertise.
However, I quickly specialized in illustration and started to do it spontaneously on various supports (notebooks, postcards, etc). As I received many positive feedbacks from my “clients” when I took part in crafts shows, I decided to create my own brand in 2012. I just took the time to acquire some professional experiences and feel ready to officially launch my little company!
When did you become interested in illustration and start working with the techniques you use today ? Where did your creative journey begin? Tell us your story
It will maybe seems basic or not original, but as much as I can remember, I have always had a pen in my hand. I created comics, and many detailled storyboards for games that we invented with my sisters. I loved to create, draw, that is why I chose the Applied Arts major when I entered High School. I spent my high school years discovering all the facets and domains of Applied Arts, I couldn’t choose between fashion design and graphism, but at the end the second one won the game. My love for illustration really started while I was studying Visual Communication. I enjoyed more working on visual expression works that anything else. I could express what I felt, and at this time I had a lot to say!
My interest in collage started quickly in 2007. I had a collection of old pictures found in attic sales and I just wanted to give them a second life. I could then tell very personal stories through my illustrations, and as I am very meticulous, I could spend entire weeks to perfect the last details. Each element had a meaning, obvious or not, at least for me it was like my private journal.
Where does your inspiration come from? Can you please describe your creative process ?
My inspiration mainly comes from my everyday life : my family first, most of my pictures used for my illustrations are taken from my grand-parents old pictures albums. My friends, because they have used to call me “morue” (familiar name for Cod) for many years now (but I have to say that I like them still), my city Marseille, endless source of expressions that I like to honor in my works…So, my inspirations are often very personal. I’m also very sensitive to what we call the “second degree humour”, I like making people smile with my illustrations!
My creative process is quite simple : I start with an expression or an idea that I want to illustrate. I find a picture that inspires me and I develop around it with shapes, colors, texts. I assemble, I cut, I glue, until the arrangement looks balanced and reflects what I had in mind at first.
A song that could represent your work?
One of my favorite songs of all times is ”The Ghetto” by Donny Hathaway, or “Didn’t Cha Know” by Erykah Badu…I don’t know if they really represent my work, but I can listen to them every single day without getting bored.