After completing his studies at animation school, Sylvain Sarrailh started his career as illustrator in an architecture agency. In 2008 he joined "l'atelier Spark" where he started freelancing for different video game studio and production company like Psyop, Weststudio, Ivory Tower, Osome Game, or Outfit7.
TH: Tell us about yourself?
SS: I am 27 years old and I live in Toulouse, in the South of France. I am a freelance concept-artist and I work with different movie and game studios. I recently illustrated the "Badass" series, an homage to the pop-culture that has fueled me since childhood, a childhood that I never grew out of—I still prefer hot chocolate to coffee. I also write and illustrate the comic "Neighbors of Chaos," which you can find on my website.
TH: What inspires/like you about the "Simpsons"?
SS: I grew up in a similar suburb to Springfield (where the "Simpsons" was situated). When I discovered the "Simpsons," it was amazing, I had the impression of seeing my own neighborhood in a cartoon. I love the way they sublimate the everyday and that's the kind of thing I try to do in my comics.
TH: Which character do identify with the most?
SS: It's obvious: Bart Simpson. I never liked school and I am very sarcastic, Bart's like my big brother!
TH: How much planning goes into each of your works?
SS: I try to be very strategic when I start an illustration. I attach great importance to the speed of production. That's why I use different tools to each image: 3D sketch, specific photoshop brushes, reference research. I use different mediums to develop unlimited potential in the construction of an image.
TH: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?
SS: I try to be very attentive to the colors and lighting effects that are found in the South of France. The I like to look at National Geographic as it's a very interesting magazine to discover very inspiring scenery. In my profession, I think we must be careful to not always locked in a geek culture. That is why I seek my inspiration in remote areas of my profession.
TH: Once you finished a piece of art, what do you do?
SS: I scratch my head, I yawn and I go quickly to the next image. I currently have so many projects that I havn't time to do anything else. It's a very positive curse!
TH: Do you think artists see the world differently than people who do not create art?
SS: No. I don't think we can't classify people into such radical categories. Everyone has its part of creativity and expresses it differently. Art is primarily a way to communicate, and artists are not the only ones who want to express themselves. Some people keep with them a larger share of their childhood in growing up, maybe this is one of the nuances that distinguish the most creative people.