Anne never leaves home without her notebook, which she uses to jot down notes about everything around her. Her illustrations are snapshots of everyday life, capturing melancholy, cheer, childhood, fashion and friends. She’s equally enamoured with children’s books and women’s magazines.
Here’s our seventh creative capsule. This month, we invite you to meet Anne Cresci who lives in Lyon, after many great years spent in Paris. Anne never leaves home without her notebook, which she uses to jot down notes about everything around her. Her illustrations are snapshots of everyday life, capturing melancholy, cheer, childhood, fashion and friends. She loves children's books as well as women's magazines, brand campaigns and portraits, contact us for any project.
Describe quickly your creative lab?
Currently it is very nomadic! Since I work on iPad Pro, I take a real pleasure to work surrounded by life in cafes around Lyon. I developed a real faculty to work while discussing hours! Otherwise I have a workshop in the city center of Lyon which is a bazaar filled with books, papers and watercolors that hang around my computer!
In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I work almost exclusively in digital on Photoshop and since September on Procreate, which was a real revelation. I also do a lot of research of materials and patterns in watercolor that I then integrate into my illustrations to give them an extra dimension, a more traditional side that I particularly like.
What is the project you are most proud of?
It's not a specific project, but rather an image from time to time of which I am particularly happy. Well, there is my series of illustrated novels for pre-teen girls, the Kinra Girls, on which I work for 8 years, that I love enormously. I was very attached to these 5 little heroines!
What are your favorite colors to create?
I like fresh and happy colors. I realize that I often go to pink orange tones, these are colors that put me in a good mood!
But above all, I love the work of line enhanced with spots of bright colors or pastels
Why did you become an illustrator?
A friend of mine in high school wanted to go to art school and I wanted to become an interpreter at the time. I thought it was a much cooler project so I started drawing. I have never regretted it!
In four words, how would you describe your style of animations?
Feminine, colorful, lively and romantic
What is the project you dream of?
I think I would love to work for a beautiful clothing brand like Isabel Marant style or take the time to set up a personal project in painting.
What does a typical day look like in Anne Cresci’s' life?
It's quite eclectic and a little different each day. What is certain is that I rarely start my days without having a coffee on the terrace alone or with a friend! And then I alternate all day between drawing and research for my projects of the moment. Or my coffee drags on turns into lunch with friends and nap or a stroll with my children.
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me! My walk in the morning with music in my ears, the city around me, nature. My friends and the people I meet, I try visit regularly exhibitions and museums and internet of course! Instagram, Pinterest ....
What is your favorite blog or web page?
I am not very faithful, so it varies constantly over my discoveries. Currently, I really like to look at Instagram pages for travel photos, such as living like a nomad out of a van, I admit that it fascinates me.
Marie Claire & Coup de Pouce magazines
Discover in the first place the cover of this freebie supplement about French cuisine and wines illustrated by Anne Cresci and added in the French issues of Marie-Claire and Marie-Claire home magazines.
In the seconde place, we invite you to enjoy this explosion of flowers and colors created with a lot of poetry by Anne Cresci for an article on happiness published in Coup de Pouce magazine.
Illustrations for the summer festival special for the magazine Company. The challenge was to illustrated women who all have varying jobs at festivals.
For the series of Back to School ads for JC Penney stores, Anne had to draw different elements tailored around the selected photographs to support the story of each image. This campaign was realized by Saatchi & Saatchi in New York.
Valentine's Day campaign of Marionnaud perfumeries
Series of illustrations created for Valentine's Day campaign of Marionnaud perfumeries by Anne Cresci. Marionnaud is an international chain of perfume stores from France based in Paris.