Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thierry Cattant, the “grand monsieur” of Illustration

Puedes leer esta entrada en español aqui.

Thierry Cattant was born in Marseille, France, in January 1975.

He draws since very little, and he believes that it was because of cartoons that he watched at the time, because he had the chance o grow up with Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman… and of course with Japanese cartoons like Grendizer, Captain Harlock

After studying Graphic Design (Visual Communication Degree) and a passage in various advertising agencies, he joined in 2001 the illustration agency “Agent 002” and became full-time illustrator.

His inspirations are mainly illustrations, advertisements, record covers, film credits, starlets, the atmosphere of Tati’s films, Hanna-Barbera cartoons, American soap operas, design and colors from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

He likes what is elegant, simple, effective and funny, and all that, can be seen on his amazing illustrations.

His work is mainly digital, but first he draws on paper with lead pencil, then he works the shapes with illustrator, and finishes the colors with photoshop on his wacom tablet.

Pencil Sketches

Sketches after digital retouching

"L'île du Crâne" designed with Illustrator

"L'île du Crâne" after retouching with photoshop
Among his clients for Publishing, Advertising Campaigns or Multimedia Content are Nestlé, Wilkinson, Labello, Gaz de France, Total, Tefal, Peugeot, Citroën, Seat, BNP, LCL, Axeria, SFR, Michel Lafon, Fleuve Noir, Marabout, Versión Fémina, Voici, Spirou Magazine, Alinéa, Delacre, Corsafirfly

Also, some of his artworks can be seen in “Freistil – Best of European Commercial Illustration 2” (First Edition, 2005) and “Illustration Now 2” (Taschen Publishing, 2007)

Here you have can have a look to some of his wonderful artworks, so you can appreciate his style.

"Los Piquantos"
"Oil Slick"
"Bufallo car"
"Baby 911"


"Advent Calandar"
"Love Serge" Brigitte Bardot with Serge Gainsbourg
"Happy 2011"

"Le Freak c'est Chick", first one of a serie of cards about "Freaks"
"Amy Winehouse" Nicest Amy's protrait I've ever seen.
And here it’s one of his last works, for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” exhibition at Susanita’s Little Gallery.
"Augustus Gloop" ( With a real Golden Ticket. ;D ). On sale here.

If you love it as much as I do, you can find out more about him by clicking in the following sites:

This is his website:

This is his blog:

If you want to buy some of his art you can do it in his store:

And here you can find his digital artbook:

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