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Hello everyone!  I've started a new kind of feature, because with the rapid increase daily in our members, the old way was incredibly tedious.  So, last week I selected one member at random and interviewed them.  

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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

Africa by Bisanti Growing path by Bisanti Tiger family by Bisanti   Motherhood - black and white study by Bisanti Mountain Silverback Godfather by Bisanti Snowy sunshine by Bisanti Koalas by Bisanti
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vinigal123 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh my god.... your paintings are absolutely incredible. I cant believe you do this with traditional media like soft pastels.  I love the depth of it in each painting. Your passion for art is clearly shown. Kudos to u!
ZaneZansorrow Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That atmosphere in that elephant, that depth in that leopard, the warmth from the tigers, the dark to light in those rhinos, that....Gorilla!
NotTristann Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Photographer
I like the way that you use animals. It's remarkable.
thelowsAint Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Looking at the artwork, you can tell that he takes his own advice and puts part of himself into each of his pieces. Lots of quality. And based off his profile pic....I wouldn't want to be the guy to help him achieve a "restful mind". Haha
PassionA Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the advice at the end.Love 
Anabiyeni Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the elephant and rhinos above. Great attention to detail, both with the animals and with the backgrounds.

I used to take martial arts, but never thought about how it could help my art. You made a good point.

Have you seen many of these animals in real life or do you draw from reference pictures/videos?
ExcavatePhoto Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Photographer
It is kind of funny to me that the inability to use turpentine (I am guessing for ventilation reasons?) caused a sudden shift in your artistic approach. I love that you didnt let the access to a studio stop you. That is admirable.
MysticFlamer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love how you state who inspires you and your passion for others to never give up. Such great works keep up the great work!
haileysthelimit Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the high contrast between the animals, in my opinion they are much better than some photographs. I like the way you welcome the fantasy with open arms as most people would rather hide the fact they have created a piece out mind. The Kolas are cute xD
MSpaintdog Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't help noticing that several of his works have eyes that are extraordinarily expressive. So remarkable!
Bisanti Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the interview and all the comments!
KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
I find it interesting that he started out in comics, ended up painting fantasy pieces, and then moved to wildlife.  It seems organic and an unsuspecting happy discovery.  That's really cool.  It's pretty cool that painting one horse made him consider switching to wildlife altogether.  Most people might have been scared to death to switch subjects, but he just went for it.  Way to go Bisanti!!
shadowwolfox Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent interview. I love the realism in your work. 
thayCVB Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing work!

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

Best advice you can give. There's no point into creating if you don't do it out of pleasure, regardless if someone likes it or not.

theory6-brian Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great perspective to have in the creative fields! Just keep at it! Do it for the love of it and you keep getting better. Absolutely stunning works of art btw, congrats! Keep it up! :)
aerozonia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Artist
some lovely pieces of artwork and a nice interview. i like his comments on taking pleasure, enjoying yourself when creating art. it's very true, i think the art
automatically turns out better when you do :)
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