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Josee Bisaillon grew up in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Her illustrations are a mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage, taking us into a richly detailed and multidimensional world.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I really loved the series ‘’Martine’’ illustrated by Marcel Marlier.
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
My favorite illustrator is Wolf Erlbruch. You can see in my illustrations that his work inspires me a lot. It’s really not easy to choose 2 other illustrators, there are so many good ones! I’ll say Isabelle Arsenault (Her new style is really amazing!) and Carll Cneut.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
At first, I didn’t want to be an illustrator. I always was attracted by colors, forms, communication. I did a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design and met two amazing illustrators: Michèle Lemieux and Pol Turgeon who were my teachers. They both encouraged me to continue in becoming an illustrator. I was supposed to be a designer, but the path that I took and the people that I met brought me to become an illustrator.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Draw what you see in your head, draw at anytime, anywhere, and let your imagination go!