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Lou Pallini is an illustrator. Her specialty is making designs printed in golden on black paper. She likes mystical and bewitching themes. She lives in Bagnolet in the Parisian region. In life, her passions are drawing, nature and spirituality.
OJL: Hello Lou
Lou : Good morning.
OJL : So we will first try to understand your personality a little. Then secondly we will talk about your work.
So in order to know a little more about you, we’re going to start with four fun questions. Can you tell us what your favourite color(s) are ?
Lou : My favourite color is the black. I mainly use it for the background of my illustrations and it’s also the color of 90% of my clothes !
I also really like gold and warm, natural brown/red tones.
OJL : The animal(s) you love?
Lou : I have always loved dogs. And above all I wanted to have some to take beautiful walks every day. I have also been fascinated since I was little by the beasts of legends, mythological or from folklore.
OJL : Which number(s) do you prefer ?
Lou : I like seeing sequels of 2, I find it very satisfying. And I really like the number 7 and its many meanings.
OJL : Finally, who are the superhero(ies) or super-villain(s) that you admire ?
Lou : I really like anti-heroes like Loki and Wolverine . My favorite being Venom .
OJL : Let’s talk a little about you now. How could you introduce yourself?
Lou : I am an artistic director in a Parisian agency during the day. And at night… In the comfort of my sofa, I draw… Guided by my intuition. It’s the time of my day when I lose track of time and completely escape from the world around me… By immersing myself in my imagination… Generally I like to spend quiet evenings at home. On days when inspiration eludes me, I feel lost and I wait until it’s time to go to bed, hoping that the next day I can return to my drawings… Some days, I print new illustrations to test them On paper. And with each print I spend several minutes observing the reflections of light on the gilding… I am completely hypnotized each time… I like to compare myself to a dragon who collects her gold and spends her time resting in her cave, surrounded of her treasures (laughs).
OJL : Waow. And who are the professionals who shaped you ? Who struck you down ? In a few names and why.
Lou : When I was little, I really liked the mangas. First I started drawing my favorite characters. And little by little I started to invent some. Later I discovered the engraver Albrecht Dürer during my art history classes… And I was amazed by his talent… In museums, I particularly like the collections of Classical, Renaissance, Baroque and archaeological collections. And on the other hand, I am also fascinated by the works of Gustav Klimt… It’s surely his management of gold that attracts me so much (smile). In his works, I particularly like “The Kiss”.
OJL : Let’s talk a little about your work now. What are you creating ?
Lou : I create illustrations that are inspired by the “Sacred Feminine”, invisible energy and the stars. Initially, my illustrations were a way for me to reconnect with my own feminine energy. I started taking photos of myself… And intuitively adorning my body. Redraw it using patterns and add around what I want to make it feel.
OJL : How can you define your style ?
Lou : I have a very linear graphic style, which we often associate with tattooing. My illustrations are exclusively printed in gold on a black background, which for me represents the intangible energy that surrounds us. My designs are minimalist but very ornate.
OJL : What techniques do you use ?
Lou : I draw on my iPad, on the Procreate app . When I was little I dabbled in a lot of technique but after stopping drawing for a few years during my studies I fell in love with illustration again thanks to my tablet. Then I print these illustrations on my laser printer in 100% black before transferring the gold foil onto this print.
OJL : Impressive. Can we place you a personalized order ?
Lou : Yes quite ! I really like working with brands or individuals to create something unique together. Of course the intention must speak to me and correspond to my style but I am open to all desires. For example, I have drawn many portraits related to the “Sacred Feminine” from photos of my subscribers. And I like to bring out their own energy through these illustrations.
OJL : Can we subscribe to your newsletter ? Because social networks are a bit saturated…
Lou : Not for the moment.
OJL : Do you have a story about creating one of your products ? Or one of your sales ?
Lou : When I started drawing again on my tablet after abandoning traditional drawing for a few years, I eventually started to find my style and had a very clear idea of how I wanted to print my illustrations. But I had a lot of trouble finding a method that corresponded to this vision and was financially accessible to me. Like many craftsmen who are just starting out, I financed this project with my savings. As I did not yet have any customers, I wanted to be able to print my illustrations at the lowest cost possible while still offering quality prints. After a year of research and testing I finally managed to print my illustrations at home and on demand. It was a long process but the result was perfectly what I imagined!
OJL : Sincere congratulations. Last question. You definitely have friends who are doing amazing things ! If you want to promote them a little, now is the time !
Lou : Of course. Here are three creators that really resonate with my own creations and inspire me every day:
_ Sarah from “ Whispers of the Wild Women ”: illustrator of these magical visions: https://www.instagram.com/whispers_whispers/
_ Lounin : creator of dreamlike curiosities: https://lounin.fr/
_Jade from “Le Miroir Fou”: illustrator of medieval scenes: https://www.instagram.com/lemiroirfou/
OJL : Bravo for what you do. May Our Lady protects you.
Lou : Thank you.