Artist name: Lewis Rossignol
Featured Work 1: Mixed-media artwork featured in his book, Remedial Sketches
Illustrator Lewis Rossignol’s sketchbook-based body of work is an invitation to peer into someone else’s visually magnetic home and inner world. His characters, scenes and collages hover and linger, crawling, layered, beautiful and at times scrambled and bloody. The letters of text form scattered messages, broken whispers and compositional punctuation.
Rossignol can clearly draw skillfully in a variety of styles and chooses to let his sketches wax organic. He seems to be able to honor images’ desire to come into being and exist just as they are — wavering, potent and free — and though this open-ended method he creates a series of unique, raw and alive works.
Learn more about his artistic journey in the interview below. As he writes on the site for the presale of his book, Remedial Sketches, “To me, sketchbooks are the most intimate of all art forms because the drawings inside are not usually made to be seen by other people.”
Featured Works Slideshow:
5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
A stress relief.
2. What did you make in the past and why?
Years ago, I was writing and recording a lot of music. That took a lot of my focus so, other than a few album covers, I didn’t create any visual art for probably close to a decade. I was writing and recording songs because I used to be really into music. It seems odd to say it like that, but the fact is, I don’t really listen to much music anymore. As I get older, I listen to a lot more talk radio and podcasts and a lot less music, although I do occasionally like to listen to Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen.
3. What are you making now and why?
I went back to school to get a BFA in illustration four years ago, so I have been making a lot of mixed media drawings and collages lately. Currently, I am working on a book that combines my love of flea markets with my love of drawing. The book is a collection of illustrations, collages, maps, old photographs. It’s kind of a cross between a journal, a sketchbook, a photo album, and a scrapbook, if you can imagine that. You can follow me on Instagram if you’d like updates on the books release.
4. What are your hopes for the future?
I studied illustration and design in school, which are both art forms where the artist works with an art director or client to basically help them solve a visual problem. I like doing this and plan on doing it for a while, but I really like making art that is self-directed, so I hope in the future I have even more time for that.
5. What else would you like to say?
If you are reading this and are not on Instagram you should check it out. It’s a great place to find new artists who are doing really great work.
Artist Supplied Background:
Lewis Rossignol is a Portland, Maine-based illustrator specializing in combining hand- drawn and collaged imagery. He earned his BFA in design/illustration from Maine College of Art. Regularly taking on freelance illustration and design jobs, Rossignol has worked with clients including Geary’s Brewing, Current Affairs Magazine, Dispatch Magazine, Defender Razor and JDM Guitar Pedals.
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