Julien Pacaud.

“My office used to be my girlfriend’s (Mathilde Aubier, who is also an illustrator), in a room at the top of our house. We switched offices last year, and most of the decoration in the room is still hers. However I brought (part of) my comic book collection up. There’s a light and a dark part of the desk, and I chose the dark one to work. I feel better in the dark. You could think I’m a musician with this big keyboard, but no. I’m just learning to play the Twin Peaks theme and there is still a lot of work to do. The other cool thing in this “office” is that there is a bed. So….I can easily find inspiration in dreams.”

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator, currently living in Le Mans, France. Before becoming an illustrator, he was, by turns: an astrophysician, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an esperanto teacher. He hopes to someday have enough free time to devote himself to his real passion : time travel. In the meantime, he creates images freelance and is represented in Europe by Talkie Walkie agency and In America by Colagene, illustration clinic.

FROM YOUR DESKS: If you were a time traveler; where would you take us?
JULIEN PACAUD: I would take us a million years in the future. Into the total unknown. I’m really interested in what is totally beyond our imagination.
FYD: What does the triangle represent to you?
JP: I can’t really tell you what a triangle represents to me. Nothing concrete really. I love the simplicity and the power of geometrical shapes, especially when they’re associated with the randomness of nature. A triangle is a dynamic shape, it’s related to perspective, it implies movement. There is also, I think, something metaphysical when using triangles in my compositions, like if I was an architect making plans to build new worlds.
There is something metaphysical when using triangles in my compositions, like if I was an architect making plans to build new worlds.
FYD: Your work has a 1950’s War of the Worlds look. Do films or the look of that era inspire you at all?
JP: I was more inspired by “The Twilight Zone” TV series, from the 50s-60s. I saw the episodes when I was a kid (during the 80’s not the 50’s…) and they made a big impression on me. I loved those little stories where the reality suddenly slips to strangeness. I also watched “The Prisoner.” I guess most of my inspiration come from films or TV.

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