Born in France, Claire Rollet spent a few years in Algeria as a child but has lived in the UK most of her life. London is her home now and she loves cycling around the city – particularly on Sundays – taking in its various cultures and landmarks. She works from a studio at the bottom of her garden, and in her spare time loves sewing. Each garment she sees as a mathematical problem waiting to be solved.
Music accompanies Claire in her work and she has daytime and nighttime playlists. Saint Vincent, Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey and the Black Keys are out when the sun’s up, and at night she listens to the likes of Hercules Love Affair, Gotye and DataRock.
Claire trained as a multimedia fine artist making stop-motion animation but found that her childhood passion for drawing took over. She did a BA in Fine Art at Kingston University.
First of all, Claire works out a composition and some ideas for the image using quick sketches to show to the client, perhaps including drawings and images from her database. She then creates a line drawing in Indian ink, scans it into Photoshop and works on the colour digitally.
Traditional ink line drawing is the cornerstone of Claire’s style, but with a fresh, modern touch to it thanks to the digital colours.