Homo sapiens are and will always be insanely fascinating to me. Insanely fascinating because what we can find in our minds can sometimes be very disturbing and dark. This is what I try to illustrate in my sketchbooks. I feel like the quickest approaches to drawing can sometimes convey the most insanity and this is something that I try to explore. A lot of my drawing might seem crude and dark and for some reason this is something that I enjoy immensely. The crude nature of human emotion is really the basis of most of my work. Although madness can be hard to define in a concrete way, I think that the eyes play a huge role in conveying this untapped flow of madness that is hidden in all of us. A lot of my figures and faces also seem to adopt a shameless stare. Such a stare might often seem so simple but hidden under it is a constant flow of thoughts that we cannot control.
Contrast also plays a huge role in defining the mood some of these drawings. The use of black ink has always been a pleasure to me simply because you can’t erase it. You are stuck with what comes out. Exploring huge shadows that contribute to bizarre and uneasy scenes helps when it comes to creating my images and characters. Although most of these drawings were done on the bus or while in the metro, I enjoy looking back on them and seeing how the madness that I strive to create also evolves with me.
Mathieu Larone, first year Illustration & Design student, 2013-2014 academic year