Amandine Wanert is an independent illustrator based in Paris, France. Unable to choose between the world of childhood and the world of science, Amandine combines the two universes by illustrating school textbooks and youth books.
Amandine’s illustrations are sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, sometimes precise and technical.
After a four-year training at the School of Illustration, Cartoon and Computer Graphics, Emile Cohl to Lyon, she diversified into scientific and medical illustration at the School of Applied Arts Estienne to Paris. During these two years, she studied anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine, attended dissections and surgical operations.
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What is the source of inspiration for your work?
Since childhood, I am amazed by the children around me, by their energy, their attitudes in games or their free times, the multitude of emotions that cross them … I always spent hours drawing their movements, their expressions …
Growing up in a family science environment, surrounded by doctors, veterinarians and other engineers have aroused my curiosity. It was obvious to me to combine my passion for drawing with science.
I like drawing and illustrating artists who use a marked and sensitive line to represent the body and the characters, such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt or Lisbeth Zwerger and Rebecca Dautremer.
In the medical field, I am inspired by the American artist-anatomist Frank Netter as well as the impressive work of the Germans Markus Voll and Karl Wesker.
What kind of technology, technique or software do you use?
I use two different techniques, depending on the subject, the level of detail:
The outline line on paper, in pencil, then a digital colorization on Adobe Photoshop with tablet and digital pen.
Otherwise, after a sketch by hand that will not appear on the final version, I work in vector on Adobe Illustrator, for a smooth, clean and precise.
When I show young albums, I also like to use traditional techniques such as watercolor or to create acrylic paint on textured paper.
Why can your work be an inspiration to others?
My work shows that an illustrator can have multiple universes.
My pleasure in passing on a message to young students, didactically, pedagogically while remaining aesthetic, allows me to contribute my stone to the most important thing: To help them grow.
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