Amélie Fontaine’s work is full of attractive drawings penned with a light touch. The way in which each segment is softly hatched-in with care gives the images an ease and stillness. The simple colour ways add to the feeling of space and lets the use of pencil shine through.
Based in Paris, Amélie has put her beautiful pencil work to editorial illustration, books covers, as well as screen prints and etchings. All have the same focus, attention and patient use of soft shades and intricate detailing.
As she describes below, Amelie’s work is based on good drawing and conveying her imagined scenes.
I’m an illustrator; I work and live in Paris. I draw for press and publishing. I also practice etching and silkscreen printing. I like creating strange scenes, sometimes funny, sometimes slightly frightening, like an awoken dream. I’m first interested in drawing.
Lines, textures, strange materials… I enjoy playing with shapes, repetition, patterns. I like simple and immediate tools: I mostly use pencils, or ink with a quill or a brush. Sometimes color pencils or felt pens. I still don’t feel very comfortable with painting. I often use computer to color my images.
Drawing of Amelie’s studio
© Amélie Fontaine, 2013