New Work by Maxime Francout
August 5, 2014
His playful attitude to drawing has been popular with clients such as EMI Music, Just for Laughs, Toyota and Urban Outfitters over his 10-year freelance career.
Francout’s minimalist method and affinity for pattern and typography reflect his illustration approach, which he says marries old styles with a modern touch. “My influences [go] back to the comics I read when I was younger. Also, I’ve always loved old ads that we can find in France, with the illustrations of Raymond Savignac,” Francout writes in an e-mail. “Over the years, I also learned to appreciate the paintings of Miró, Picasso and Matisse.”
These days, Francout illustrates mainly on the computer, but “for sketches, I’m more comfortable to work on paper, and I like to keep the craft side of the illustration during the process,” he says.
“My style is relatively simple and uncluttered, so I have to build the strongest picture possible.”