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Interview with Bisanti!
What is your name, and where do you live?
My name is Jean-Claude Grillet, and I live in Geneva, Switzerland.
What type of art do you do, and what do you do for work?
I am painting for the past fifteen years. I am working as a lawyer, since it is very hard to earn sufficient money to live in Geneva with art, where figurative art is bad considered.
I am currently focused since 2012 on wildlife art and portrait, working with soft pastesl, oils and digital tools.
but I initially started by doing comics and then swithched to fantasy painting (influence from Boris Vallejo and Larry Elmore).
In 2011, as I could not have a studio for painting with turpentine, I started digital painting (corel painter 11, then 12). Always starting with a complete sketch, sometimes precompleted with pastesl
What made you want to switch from doing comics to fantasy paintings?
Initially, I was doing portrait mainly warriors, then I painted dragons and other fantasy figures (quite influenced by Boris Vallejo at that time). It made sense to start implementing the figures in a background, it is at that time (around 2002) that I discovered the work for TSR from Larry Elmore and late Keith Parkinson. Their colorful painting had everything I like, action, figures, background.
Then I started to do more and more realistic painting and one day Î painted an Amazon with an horse. I enjoyed so much painting the horse that I started to paint wildlife.
I still like comics, as it helped me a lot in learning about direct painting, composition, lighting
How long have you been doing art?
Seriously since 2000
What do you do in your spare time
On my spare time, I am teaching martial art for the past 10 years which is a good way to have a restful mind, which help a lot in the creative process.
And what advice do you have for other artists in your field?
Never give up, do not believe in gift or talent, hardworking is the key point for improvement.
Asking for constructive feedback is also interesting, as staying alone in your studio without sharing will make you lose interesting alternative point of view
Finally, take pleasure when creating your art, it should not be painful, neither you should be hurted if someone does not like your artwork. As long as you did your best, a part of you will be in the painting