Meet the Faculty - Yoann Lossel!

This year TLCWorkshops is collaborating with 
Krab Jab Studio to bring you two exciting workshops in conjunction with MythicWorlds in February 2015!

The first is Artist as Brand with Greg Spalenka.

The second is being taught by Yoann Lossel and David Thierree (more info coming). Yoann was kind enough to answer some questions about himself and his upcoming workshop:

Yoann Lossel hails from Brittany, France and is best known for his intricately gilded, monochromatic, mythically-infused imagery. His love of the the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts and Symbolists Movements can be seen in the classic themes of his paintings.

His work has been shown in France, Belgium, England, Australia and the Unites States - regularly showing in US at the Century Guild, the Nucleus Gallery and Krab Jab Studio here in Seattle (see his work in person there in the February show "Brittany to Cascadia"). Spectrum used his piece "The Golden Age" as the front cover of their 20th edition. Currently he is working on a book project with fellow-illustrator, Olivier Villoingt called "Eclipse, the Forgotten Veil" which they hope to have published in 2016.

What is the most exciting thing you've learned recently?

The most exciting thing I've learned recently at a technical level is how to edit videos. In November, Imagine FX asked me to write a six-page article which shows my creative process. They also asked me to create a short video showing my studio and the various steps in creating my artwork. It was a real pleasure trying to create a dynamic atmosphere with this new medium.

On an artistic level, I had the chance to visit a beautiful exhibition in France which showed different Samurai armor, weapons and objects.  It was an outstanding demonstration of an absolute exemplary process of creation. A kind of an Arts & Crafts way of thinking a long time before William Morris. It reaffirmed my resolution to take my time and try to focus on my subject until the last brushstroke.

On a scientific level, I've spent a lot of time listening to physics conferences this last month. I discovered the physicist Ettore Majorana who had an astonishing life and then kind of disappeared.

Finally, I continue to collect old illustrated books which allow me to discover a lot of artist from the 19th and early 20th century. Every new artist I discover inspires me to invite me to try a lot of different things.

How do you battle through rough patches? What moves you forward?

What allows me to continue is having infinite curiosity. I really need to learn, see and discover different things on a daily basis. Our world is absolutely incredible and rich, and we may learn something every second as life changes around us.

I love landscapes and it constantly inspires me. I love music. It takes me to other worlds. I love painting and drawing and consider it the most sacred part of my life. I love books, poetry, science, history... I love to discuss, to search, to create...

There are some difficult times, but in these cases I try to remember I have the chance to be surrounded by beauty. Beauty can hide behind anything - even those that seem to be sad or ugly.

What do you wish you had known earlier in your career?

There is nothing that I wish for earlier in my career. I must admit that I have a respect for my natural rhythm, my step-by-step progression. I can't walk faster than I can walk. I prefer to walk in this rhythm, to enjoy the landscape and to celebrate each new step. I'm someone with a very rigorous work ethic, so in order to enjoy the journey I need to have good balance or I will become too serious. 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

The best piece of advice I've ever received was not in words but through exemplary behavior. There are a lot of perfect quotes, beautiful theories and touching speeches, but none of those can replace beautiful behavior.

The best piece of advice I've received was from other artists, both contemporary and past. This is the artist's integrity and devotion. This is what touches me - when I have the feeling that someone offers his life to his artistic quest - transcending himself in the quest for beauty, leaving the whole world behind him.

 At this stage in your career, what is your dream project?

My dream project is to create a book in the same spirit of old illustrated books - to take the time to create every aspect of this artifact, from A to Z. I would love to hand bind it, gild it and emboss it with my old press. I am a great admirer of Gustave Dore', Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham and many others and love the early 20th century's way of publishing limited edition books. I'm also a great admirer of the Arts & Crafts movement and I find there is something perfect in the combination of the the artistic process connected to Craft. I keep this in mind as I connect ideas and execution.

What is one thing that your students will take away from your workshop?

In this workshop, you'll learn some tricks with graphite and gold leaf, how to compose an illustration with ornamental design, and how to incorporate our inspirations.

But the thing I wish for you to take away from this workshop is the love of being inquisitive, and a system of questioning your creative process. The most important thing is to express oneself in a natural and very personal way.
I'm looking forward to this opportunity to create together!

Come join Yoann and David Theirree for their special two-day workshop at Krab Jab Studio - Golden Shadows; Graphite & Gilding in Traditional Drawing. Wed-Thurs evenings, February 25-26, 7:00-10:30pm.

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