They say that the art of drawing is dying thanks to the rise of digital creativity. You won’t believe that for a second once you’ve seen Lucille Clerc’s perfect penciling and brilliant brushwork. Each of her beautiful hand drawn pieces takes you into a new world of texture, shading and detail, whether she’s capturing the fading glory of a dried leaf in her personal work, or draughting a Florentine vaulted ceiling for a client’s latest window display.
Born in the French city of Nancy – where the arts and crafts have thrived for centuries – Lucille grew up surrounded by art, literature, cinema, music, tapestries, glassworks and more. Her parents encouraged her drawing and storytelling skills and after studying to be a designer, she’s been living in London for 10 years enjoying a mix of both French and English culture.
A born collector, Lucille loves old science books from the 1920s to the 1960s, ceramics, plants, Victoriana and more. She’s a fan of directors like Stanley Kubrick, Agnes Varda, Wong Kar Wai and Wes Anderson and watches a wide range of sci-fi movies. Her ambition, when she has the time, is to explore the Far East.
Lucille took an ENSAAMA at Olivier de Serres, a school for applied arts in Paris, and then studied for her DSSA in Communication Design, the French equivalent of an MA. She also has an MA in Communication Design from Central St Martins in London.
All the elements in Lucille’s work are drawn by hand, but they are often montaged together using a computer. She finds the physical process of drawing satisfying, and much of her personal work is screen-printed. She’s been a member of Print Club London for many years.
Lucille likes the viewer to be able to appreciate the pencil and brushwork that goes into a piece. She often draws simple images, but brings them together into complex compositions that, through meticulous detail and shading, have a hidden meaning or story to tell. Sometimes they’re built up into patterns, creating surreal images that are very realistically drawn, but are not reality. As a viewer you can discover something new in her illustrations each time you look at them.