Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession

After completing her studies in London, Clémence Monot now makes a living from her passion. A talented and creative illustrator, she is quick to share the secrets of her success and talk about her creative world, that she likes to define as “realist.”
By Justine Fiordelli

Clémence Monot boasts a perfect career path. If she took her first steps as an illustrator in London, where she lived for five years working notably for the publishing house Penguin Books, she is now based in Paris where she works across many spheres: publishing, advertising, product design and textiles... Since 2010, she has had the chance to collaborate with an ever-increasing number of clients, who soon put their trust in her, including Vinci, Le Monde, Flammarion, Lagardère, and Glamour. Universally appreciated, her illustrations are characterized by "realistic line drawing" and rely on "real research in texture and color," and have allowed her to make a respected place for herself in her field.

As for her sources of inspiration, Clémence Monot, who recently completed a series of illustrations dedicated to the city of Arles for L'Occitane, explains that she uses everything that surrounds her, "Everything is inspiring,” she defends. “It might be a color, a smell, a word... I trust what I feel, what might move me at a certain moment.” One thing is certain, Clémence Monot keeps a cool head and doesn’t take anything for granted. The proof when she asserts: "Never take success for granted, but trying to achieve it takes a bit of patience, a healthy dose of curiosity, some training all the same, and a few good tools..." Fine words that make for a good lesson in humility!

Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession
Illustrations by Clémence Monot
Map of Arles
DR, Clémence Monot
Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession
Illustrations by Clémence Monot
Arena of Arles
DR, Clémence Monot
Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession
Illustrations by Clémence Monot
The chapel of the Charity in Arles
DR, Clémence Monot

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