JULY & AUGUST | APPAREL ARTIST
ILLUSTRATOR | USA
Panic Brand is ecstatic to be collaborating with Lewis Rossignol for our launch! A MECA alumni, Rossignol is a Maine based illustrator focused on combining hand drawn and collaged imagery with his distinct perspective. You’ve seen his work in print magazines, on skateboards, guitar pedals, album covers, books, gallery walls and his rapidly expanding Instagram.
This year has seen his art on display at the Eric Buterbaugh Gallery in Hollywood and gracing the cover of Tyler, The Creator’s latest album Igor.
Lewis currently has two illustrations in our art store as part of our Kindness Initiative. The subject of the first is Anthony Bourdain with proceeds from that piece going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The second is Muhammad Ali with the recipient of proceeds being The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. And of course you can find his bold illustrative style all over our current T‑shirt collection.
Using drawing as form of therapy, Lewis has already filled two books that are out and available now. Remedial Sketches & Discarded: A Visual Journey showcase his process and are a perfect introduction to the man behind the art. We had some time to sit down with Lewis to discuss his journey and these are his thoughts:
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
When I applied to get into Maine College of Art about 6 years ago I guess I was making a decision that I was changing paths to follow the path that I'm on now.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to creating art in a post social media world?
It's easier to get your art in front of a lot of people, and there are no barriers to entry. A disadvantage is that it's easier for everyone else too, so there's much more competition and it can be harder to stand out amongst a crowded field.
Do you draw inspiration from your life or your imagination?
Both. It depends on the piece I'm working on. I do a lot of portraits which draw from life, but I also like to sketch from my imagination.
How does your style differ now than from when you started out?
My style evolved through school, but since I've been doing this professionally I wouldn't say my style has shifted as much as I've just gotten better at what I was trying to do and I found my niche.
As an artist that is gaining a rapidly growing audience, have you found your ambitions evolving or does creating art remain the central focus of everything you do?
I don't think my ambitions have evolved much. I just want to continue to make a living doing my art, and as long as I can pay my bills I am happy.
The primary subjects of your illustrations are people. Is there an overarching theme to your art?
There might be but I don't think I want to try to find it. I prefer to read other people's descriptions of my work than writing my own.
Is there something in particular about the medium of illustration that has drawn you to it?
I like drawing and problem solving, and figured illustration would be good for me since it combines the two. Although over time I'm more drawn to the drawing, and less drawn to the problem solving. I'd rather not think too much about my art if possible at this point.