How did you get into painting?
I actually really disliked painting when I went to art school in France, the teacher was really strict and laughed at my first attempt. I only re-started it because I was directing my own films in animation school and I needed to create my own backgrounds so I had to figure out how to do it.
What has the process been like as someone who is relatively new to the medium?
It was really confusing to find clear instruction on how to and improving was really hard.
Are there artists/teachers who have helped you develop those skills? How?
Yeah! When I moved to Toronto I decided that I wanted to learn painting seriously so started taking classes at a place called Studio West and I kept taking classes after classes with Keita Morimoto and Megan Ellen MacDonald and that was the best decision that I could have taken, I’ve learned a ton from them.
What encouraged you to start in animation?
I was always interested in animated films and video games since I was a kid (not a fan of disney tho) and while living in Dakar, Senegal I met someone (Pierre Sauvalle) that started the only animation studio in West Africa (Pictoon). I applied for an internship after calling him everyday (except weekends) for 2 weeks, but when he saw my portfolio his jaw dropped because it was so bad… but luckily he had a friend that had just started an animation school in France in Orly (in the castle of George Melies, the father of special effects, another sagittarius) so he told me to apply. I did and failed the animation exam, not a huge surprise, that portfolio was actually really bad. So I had to register to a school to prepare for animation/art school entry exams and i got in animation school the following year.