Montreal, QC, Canada
Jérôme’s sketches are instantly recognizable by his ability to combine the weightlessness of lead pencil with the precision of the computer, which he uses to fill in his illustrations with bright colours, to create flawless, playful and deliberate images. He likes to explore the themes of fashion, music and urban life.
Here is our eighth CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Jérôme Mireault, one of the first illustrators and storyboarder of the successor of the creative clinic in its early stages. Even today, Jérôme knows how to give a unique style to his work and he is a still our little genius of the image by his fickle and trendy style. Good meeting with our dear, faithful and creative Jérôme!
Question 1 / Describe your creative lab in a few words?
A simple desk in my apartment; I am lucky to have huge windows, then a lot of light. It is essential.
Question 2 / In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
Rather direct. I was used to sketch on paper before; but now, I draw directly in the computer on the tablet, which saves time and specially piles and piles of paper!
Question 3 / What is the project of which you are most proud of?
Recently, I had a little crush for illustrating the label for the vermouth of cider Rouge-Gorge, in association with Polygraph.
Question 4 / What are your favourite colors to create?
I would say that my palette changes a few weeks. With the imminent arrival of the spring, I like to draw with colors a little more pastel, but vibrating also. Lots of pink, green.
Question 5 / Why did you become an artist?
Like many illustrators, the passion of drawing has been developed during the childhood, and I always knew and wanted to venture out on this universe.
Question 6 / In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Modern, Casual, Adaptable, Vibrant.
Question 7 / What is the project of your dreams?
I am a big fan of board games, then, that would be something which inspires and joins me a lot. But I would not tell no to illustrate a label of beer of microbrewery. (I drop that here, like that…).
Question 8 / What does a typical day in the life of Jérôme Mireault?
I get up around 7am and prepare coffee, while checking around the projects to make me a list of things to do. So then I begin to do some sketches with some music, and if the temperature is nice, I can take a short joyride or a bike ride. I am keen of naps in the afternoon, that also allows me to work late in the evening (I often have my peak of creation at the end of evening).
Question 9 / What inspires you?
People; in particular people around me. I have the chance to be surrounded with height of extraordinarily creative human beings, and that it’s an infinite source of inspiration.
Question 10 / What is your favourite blog or website?
Avenue Calgary Magazine
If you wish to know more about the chefs to discover in the Calgary area, don't hesitate to flip through the last issue of Avenue Calgary Magazine ! The article features 5 local chefs, whom portraits were illustrated by Jérôme Mireault, as well as a section of the food trends of 2016.
Agence Zoï / William Gray Hotel
The William Gray, forthcoming hotel of the Antonopoulos Group, will open its doors in the Old Port of Montreal in summer 2016, was illustrated by Jérôme Mireault to accompany the announcement of the opening of the project. Illustration realized in association with Zoï Agency.
For an article about a woman who is taking a mathematical approach to her fight against cancer, Jérôme Mireault had to illustrate a hand-drawn diagram with a chalkboard style of the different parts of the woman's life and her support systems: family, friends, doctors, fellow Colby alumni.
Shopping malls / Cadillac Fairview
When illustration is mixed with photography... Illustator Jérôme Mireault was chosen to work on servicentres advertising campaign's visuals for Cadillac Fairview's four shopping malls: Carrefour Laval, Fairview Pointe-Claire, Galeries d'Anjou and Promenades St-Bruno. Jérôme was requested to draw in black lining style, a series of elements each reffering to a specific service available for the malls' customers to optimize their experiment / visit.
Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
Illustrator Jérôme Mireault was chosen to illustrate the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers Christmas holidays campaign 2012. He did an illustration that will be part of a 2012 special edition syrup can available until January 2nd 2013. Jérôme also illustrated a whole booklet, created for the campaign and gathering few recipes inspired by maple syrup (cocktails, appetizers and main courses).
The Globe and Mail newspaper
Jérôme had to draw portraits of mavericks who helped turn the world upside down in 2011.
Femmes en Or
Jérôme made a series of 12 women illustrations for the awards ceremony « Femmes en or » that took place in Nice on September 17th 2011. This ceremony honors and celebrates the life, the poweful stories and the sucesses of women that contributed to valorize the role and place of women in the world.