Étienne Strubbe is an illustrator and animator based in Belgium.
Etienne’s vector illustrations are colorful and humorous. Created from simple, structured shapes to facilitate movement when you animate them.
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He started teaching illustration for children. It was just before the computer was popular and affordable at home, so it still worked with paper, paint and dirty fingers… Then rapidly he felt the urge to see these drawings in motion.
After finishing studying at an animation/film academy, Etienne began to animate stop-motion toys and finished working on TV series and music videos ( Björk and Vive la Fête). In 2012 I also publish the first book of illustrations “365 monsters”
What is your source of inspiration for your work?
I feel inspired by popular culture, and great illustrators like Quentin Blake, Richard Scarry and Joey Chou.
I was also very inspired by the works of Henry Selick, Jim Henson and the Aardman Studios.
My bigger source of inspiration is probably things that surrounded me during my childhood, and which I grew with. From the old Fisher Price toys to the Garbage Pail Kids stickers, and retro video games.
Now I love to re-imagine these things with my adult eyes. Etienne Strubbe-
Everyday life and people inspire me a lot too. I prefer drawing something that I’ve experienced or felt, rather than things I can not see or reach.
What kind of technology, technical or software do you use?
I have a classical illustration formation, so I started illustrating with paint or oil pastels on paper.
Later I discovered vector and fell in love with the facility it brings to modify, re-arrange or re-think your drawing at any time.
Now, I mostly work digitally. I love vectors, and I often think that I’m the only one person in the world still drawing with Animate (formally known as Flash). Lately, I bought a tablet with a pen, and I’m having fun playing and experimenting with it!
Why can your work be a source of inspiration for others?
I don’t know if I can be considered as an inspiration to other artists, but I hope I can bring some colors, a bit of humor and my own twisted vision of things to this world!
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