About the artist
This week’s interview is with Sebastien Del Grosso. Sebastien is, perhaps, most well known for his half sketch, half-photographic images. For this article, however, he has chosen works from his Geometrica series. The series focuses on abstract forms in nature, where mirrored geometric shapes reflect parts of the scene back at the viewer.
Art has been a part of Sebastien’s life since childhood when he first began drawing and painting. His interest also reflects in his professional life, working as a freelancer in graphic design. Sebastien became interested in photography in 2011; adding to his existing liking of artistic creation which shows in his choice of images.
How did you first get into digital art?
My grandmother taught me to draw when I was young. By watching her drawing and painting, I wanted to do the same. This definitely influenced me the most then and to continue with digital art later in life.
Tell us about the process you use to create your work.
My graphic design work meant I had to learn to be rigorous about details, colours and emotions that creates an image. I apply that experience automatically during the post processing of my photography. When I take a picture, the graphic side often occurs in the composition; I will try to frame the subjects logically as I would in a design.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
Photography and drawings mainly. Drawing has always been a passion since my childhood. When I discovered photography, I thought that the combination of these two passions would allow me to give free rein to my imagination out of the ordinary and very personal.
What was originally to be one self portrait – Self-Sketch, the first of my series – became, after some reflection, a series illustrating my life. My sketches brought to life important events and people that have influenced me or were close to me; ‘Sketch Your Mentor‘, for example, which depicts my grandmother teaching me how to draw. For something more humorous, ‘Catch & Sketch‘ which I created about my friend Cal Redback and Sketch Fight, which was about a battle between two artists, each with their own technique.
What inspires you?
Many things inspire me: movies, books, images on the web and creative works from other artists.
What is your artistic motivation?
I like images with meaning, or those where you can imagine a little story. We see lots of beautiful images on the web with nice colours but we often only spend a few seconds looking at them. When I make creative or conceptual images, I try to attract the attention of the viewer and hold it. If the viewer takes time, they will understand the story I am trying to explain. Lately, I have been adding a dark mood and mystery to my landscape pictures.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
I think one of my favourite pictures is Sketch the Life since it is one of the centrepieces of my series The Sketch of a Life. It highlights my daughter Cataleya when she was a little over 1 year old. I had wanted to make this picture for several months but photographing a baby is not easy, especially when you have to hold it in your arms, have a pencil in the other hand, and in addition, trigger the camera from a distance!
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Creative. Graphic. Poetic.
Name three artists who inspire you.
It’s difficult to cite only 3 of them, there are so many. Joel Tjintjelaar is the first who comes to mind. He inspired me the most to pursue architectural photography. Joel’s black and white renderings are so clean; the minimalism that emerges from each of his images is very impressive. Michal Karcz and Erik Johansson are magicians, their compositions are very impressive and hyper-realistic.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
I use a Canon 7D and an Apple iMac.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Adobe Photoshop for images and Adobe Illustrator for vector design.
And finally, do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
It depends on which series but sometimes I use pictures from Adobe Stock.
Where to find Sebastien’s work online
Thank you for sharing your insights and processes with us, Sebastien!