• Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

To keep it short … Marine Debeney, artistic director. Responsible for the visual, artistic and aesthetic side of films, products, brands, and events …

For 30 years I’ve been trying to tame the Sagittarius in me. I’m a Savoyarde from my first breath and movement, my heart and stomach are Lyonnaise, and I’ve been a Parisian in mind and body for eight years now. After a course in artistic direction at Sup de Pub in Paris, I went freelance. This allowed me to enroll at the Ateliers des Beaux Arts in Paris, where I’m starting my seventh year … At first I worked for production companies, and then I widened my field of expertise to graphics and illustration …

  • Where does your interest in illustration come from?

I’ve been drawing since childhood. Because my mom was passionate about art, I was already rocked in the cradle of the drawing and image world. I did my first 60 × 50 drawing at the age of 3 years and 5 months. It was a colorful drawing, bright and abstract. My mom framed it, and this drawing still creates a sensation every time. At that moment she knew she had to steer me towards the arts. And if I’m here today it’s because of her. Illustrating has always been part of me. I just had to learn to get it out into the open and to have selfconfidence. However, it is only this year that illustrating has taken an important place in my life.

  • What would you say is the guiding principle of your work?

PLEASURE, in other words happiness, in other words joy, in other words desire, in other words success.
Today, I am conscious that when I get up in the morning, I’ll be doing what I love. A very rare PLEASURE these days.

  • What are your inspirations?

Oh gosh, I have so many. Kandinsky, Lautrec, Yvette Bonté, Gruau… As long as there is color and the subtlety of freedom in the pencil strokes. And also my inspiration is nourished by the evolution of today’s world. Especially the world of fashion, fashion shows and magazine pictures.

  • What is your favorite work among your own works? And why?

My favorite work is The lady in the yellow dress. It’s the first illustration I made. One evening when I was browsing around on Pinterest, I came across a photo that I liked very much. I decided to redraw it in my own style … and that’s how The lady in the yellow dress came to be made. It was the trigger for my exhibition and for this turn of events in my life these last three months. That’s why I’m keeping it for myself. ☺

  • What are your future projects?

Haha, I’m more like ‘one day at a time’ … The future is always a bit far away for me. But for now I can just tell you that I am working on new illustrations. Preparing an upcoming exhibition in Paris, and already I’m being asked to exhibit in Lyon …

There is also a wonderful collaboration to sell my artwork online.