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Do football goals suffer from occupational hazard? Belgian illustrator Léo Gillet gives us the answers to even more pressing questions in his detailed and multilayered pieces done with felt-tip pens, markers and pencils. Enjoy the exclusive SWARM Mag interview.
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Are you working on something new at the moment? 

I always have a lot of ideas and projects in mind and that is what keeps me motivated. I am currently working hard on a comic book project. When I am feeling ready, I will look for a publisher that fits my style.

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What influenced your aesthetic and current style?

I have always drawn. There was never any triggering factor that led me to do that. I feel like drawing is a part of me and is a real addiction. Drawing makes me feel peaceful. To be honest, I don’t know much about comics; I haven’t read many comic books and those I read when I was a kid were very basic. That might explain the big noses and the childish/naive spirit of my artwork. Currently, I enjoy mixing the classical comics style with the freedom that contemporary comics offer.

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What is the narrative and intent behind your works and technique?

I try to disclose the charm of banalities in my artwork and to illustrate moments of life usually perceived as meaningless. I am a good observer; I like to study people’s behavior in their everyday life. The outcome of this study is the central focus of my work. From a technical point of view, I really value the use of non-digital tools. I love stains and imperfections left by a pencil or a marker. I think it creates a more genuine link with the spectator.

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Is the place you were born reflected in your art?

My family comes from Southern Belgium. I spent my childhood on the outskirts of Brussels and I currently live in Brussels. When I draw, I try to gather elements originating from these different backgrounds. I believe that these various influences represent a real added value to my work.

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Is there a sports background to your work?

I started my artistic education by making animated films so movement has a great impact on my current work. But I am more attracted to movement as such rather than sports. If I ever have to work on a sports event, I will rather be observing and drawing what is going on in the bar.

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What would you cite as sources of inspiration?

To avoid being repetitive, I would like to share a (non-exhaustive) list of things that inspire me: kitsch, stuff that is kind of lame, American-looking Belgian nature, events under a party tent, hand-rolled cigarettes yellowing your mustache, failed taxidermy, Anouk Ricard, Jim Shaw, episode 20 of season 2 of The Office, « Travis the Singing Trout », bowling polo-shirts, Jul, swings for chickens…

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BIO / Léo Gillet is 24 years old and graduated from the field of illustration/sculpture after completing a 5-year course at the School of Graphic Research (ERG) in Brussels in 2019. Currently, he works for magazines and runs cultural workshops for young people.

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