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Connecting Through Art - An Interview With Eloise Marseille

By
Aren Wong
May 15, 2020

Eloise Marseille’s Instagram account (@eloisemarseille) is filled with quirky illustrations that often find the humor in life — even during awkward or frustrating moments. The insights she expresses through her art have clearly resonated with her followers (over 107,000 of them, as of writing this article.)

Still, Eloise has remained grounded and even admits that she often finds it hard to wrap her head around the fact that she has such a big following on her platform. Despite her busy college schedule, we were lucky enough to be able to interview her.

Read on to learn more about Eloise’s thoughts on art, the creative process, and life as an illustrator — before and during the current pandemic.

Can you share with us your illustration style? How did you reach this specific style? Were there earlier versions of your illustrations?

I would say my illustration style is very cartoonish and full of life. I have been drawing since I could hold a pen and I honestly went through a multitude of styles. I tried realistic portraits, modern black and white and even manga for a while. I think my style is a mashup of all of these phases I went through, I kept what I liked about each style!

Tell us about your favourite piece of work you’ve done.

That's a tough one... I'm constantly torn between loving and hating my work, any artist can relate. I'd say one of my favorite pieces is a very silly comic I did years ago. I still think it's one of my best jokes; it's stupid, girly and involves orgasms.

Are there any other artists/illustrators you look up to?

There are too many to count honestly. My main inspirations right now are Sonia Lazo (@sonialazo), Sophie Bédard (@tchouff), Frances Cannon (@frances_cannon) and Fran Meneses (@frannerd). These women are all so incredible and I admire their work so much. They all have incredible style and a rare sensibility that's both touching and relatable, check them out!

What advice would you give to young artists just starting out?

The best and hardest advice in my eyes is: DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF. This is the worst thing you can do as an artist. I am still guilty of this. It just makes you feel inferior and like you'll never be as good as other artists (I always compare myself to the previously mentioned ladies).

Everyone's path is different, everyone's style is different and that's perfectly fine. The only thing that matters is to keep creating constantly; don't let your own mind convince you that you will never be as good. Never compare yourself to others.

Do you have any tips on overcoming creative blocks?

Take a walk, smoke a joint, take a bath, masturbate, eat, draw the same thing over and over again, drink water, sleep on it, go outside, try a new medium, imitate someone else's style.

What inspires the stories in your illustrations?

Pretty much all of my comics are closely based off my personal life and the lives of the people around me. For example, I made quite a collection of comics about my boyfriend and our relationship.

In general I love to talk about the female perspective, sex, my insecurities and the small unfair things that happen in our great big world. Honestly, my comics are extremely cathartic for me to make, I pretend I make them for the world but really I make them for my own sanity.

What are your tools of the trade?

I just discovered digital art a year ago and it has changed my life. I used to be deathly afraid of color and my iPad Pro has helped me with experimenting with colors without being afraid since everything is reversible in the digital world! I also have very bad eyesight (I know, ironic) and working digitally lets me zoom into my drawing to add as many details as i want!

Still, my favorite tools are india ink and nib pens. They have always been the tools for most comic artists, and in my opinion, they just give incredible results filled with life and movement.

What made you decide to put your content online?

I had just started at the University of Concordia in Montreal in the studio arts program and I decided to share my watercolor drawings and my embroideries. At first I wanted my instagram account to be all about my embroideries so I could sell them easier. It slowly shifted to illustrations and I started doing comics again (I had stopped doing them after highschool) and I fell in love with comics all over again.

How do you see your work changing given the global pandemic?

The current climate is very scary for artists right now, thankfully, we have the internet and A LOT of bored people spending money online, so that's good news. To survive this I want to focus on commission work and start selling more online. I'm very new to the art business world, it's intimidating, but it's time for me to jump head first.

How do you get clients during this pandemic?

I am very fortunate to have a lot of followers on my instagram platform so most of them come from there. As i said before, all my income comes from commissions for now. I just finished my degree a few weeks ago (yay) and my plan is to expand and sell prints, stickers, zines and more (for some reason I really really want to make my waifu pillows I think that would be hilarious).

For those that cancelled their projects, how do you cope with it?

I'm bummed out of course, but I just move on to new ones. I have so many things I want to make, I have so many people I want to work with, I'm not afraid.

If you weren’t an illustrator what would you be?

Sad.


Connecting Through Art - An Interview With Eloise Marseille

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May 15, 2020

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