Charles Brisson is a visual artist based in Montréal, Canada.
Although my work is influenced by a wide variety of sources, cinema has been a constant inspiration to me, as visual storytelling is my prime concern. I try to incorporate in each of my images a brief, yet concise story, and it is in the hope of developing these narratives that I am presently pursuing studies in 3D animation after having completed a year in Fine Arts. I do not feel any attachment to a particular medium and will use whatever material or digital tool I need to create the images and the worlds that inhabit me.
Hi Charles! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Charles: My name is Charles Brisson. I am an 18 years old visual artist living in Montreal, Canada. Apart from
pursuing various personal projects, I am currently studying 3D animation at Dawson College.
How did you become a visual artist, and what were you doing before visual arts?
Charles: I believe I was introduced to visual arts through drawing, and although I do not have a clear conception
of when I developed an interest in art, comic books, and video games were probably the first creative products I truly enjoyed as a child. I am fairly introverted and creating an image on a rectangle of paper particularly suited my nature. Fine Arts and cinema came afterward, a few years later.
What is the best project you have worked on and how did you get involved with it?
Charles: Up till now, I have never worked on collaborative projects, and I prefer to work alone. However, the animation process requires the contribution of a lot of different people, and my school work is pushing me to benefit from the work of others and to collaborate.
You say you don’t feel any attachment to a particular medium and will use whatever material or digital tool you need. But what is your favorite medium to work with so far, and why?
Charles: So far, photography has proved to be the most effective tool in the production of the images I see. I think I like the grain of photographs. I start by sculpting a character in clay. I then take a picture of it. The same goes for my backgrounds. These figures and decors are ultimately combined in photoshop, where I also adjust the lighting.
You say your work is influenced by a wide variety of sources, and cinema has been a constant inspiration to you. Tell us more about that. And what is it about cinema that attracts you the most?
Charles: Cinema is extremely broad. Because it involves design, photography, storytelling, and performance, a motion picture is able to produce a stunningly immersive world that can move you. Certain of these worlds make me dream, and it is when I am completely immersed in them that I feel most sheltered and serene.
How do you keep your ideas fresh?
Charles: I am interested in almost everything, and try to fill my head with as many different ideas and atmospheres as I can by reading books, flipping through books about art, watching movies, listening to music, and looking at photographs. Acute curiosity is paramount. I then combine certain elements that come to me, such as clothes, moods, or designs, and try to make a synthesis of the bundle of ideas and images I generate. Meanwhile, I always work by developing on my previous works. I believe this makes for a more consistent body of work. I also daydream a whole lot.
What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
Charles: I am particularly satisfied by the digital photo collages I have produced during the past months. They truly express the atmosphere I was trying to create and synthesize my experiments with texture.
Share some interesting facts about your art with us.
Charles: I always produce many variations of the same idea, either in triptychs or diptychs. It usually takes me a
couple of months to be able to truly judge my work, and I throw 1⁄3 of the works I produce. For this reason, many of my images that were originally conceived and produced as series now stand alone.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome and how did you do it?
Charles: Learning to paint (traditionally) was particularly difficult. I am color-blind and have a hard time distinguishing mid-tones. That is why, apart from personal taste, my images are always strongly contrasted and very saturated. When working with colors, I have learned to think solely in terms of contrast, and have found certain combinations (black and yellow or blue and red) that work for me.
Besides art and your creative activities, do you have any hobbies, something you like to do in your free time?
Charles: I dedicate every free moment I have to art-making. Creating an image that makes me dream is the
experience that is the most rewarding to me.
You are also pursuing studies in 3D animation. Tell us more about that.
Charles: I always create my characters as part of small narratives. It is in the hope of expanding those little stories that I am studying animation and filmmaking.
What are you working on these days?
Charles: I am currently fully dedicated to translating the characters I created in the past years and that I feel close to into the digital medium. I am learning to use digital tools to their full potential. As I go along, I apply what I have learned to a series of digital photo collages I’m in the process of creating.
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