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February 25, 2009

Meet the correspondents: LOS ANGELES > Stéphane Kardos


"My name is Stéphane, I’m French. I studied animation in France. I lived in Paris for five years, then London for six years, and now live in Los Angeles where I’m an art director for the Walt Disney Company. I’ve been in Southern California for a year and a half now.

I really enjoy sketching in L.A. and California in general. We have great weather all year round, perfect for sketching on location, fantastic scenery, mountains, desert, ocean, and I found interest in the urban landscape in L.A. I also love sketching all sorts of vehicles, and L.A. is full of vintage American cars, trucks, that I never had the chance to sketch in Europe.

My line changed, transformed tremendously over the past ten years, as soon as I started to sketch on a regular basis. I first wanted to record every detail of what I was looking at, but that didn’t excite me at all. It wasn’t spontaneous, and I didn’t see or feel the life in my drawings when I was looking at them later on.

So, naturally, my lines became more and more casual and loose, as I was forcing myself to record everything on paper very quickly and just keep the essence of a subject. I really believe in the economy of the lines, I use the less lines possible to say what I have to say with my sketches, and especially when I sketch intricate things.

I don’t want my sketches to look like a photo, I want them to tell a different story and most of all, I want them to be a sketch. By that, I mean that I don’t want to spend hours on a drawing, I want spontaneity, life, mistakes... there’s no interest for me to sit for a long period of time somewhere and record all the details on paper, I might as well draw from a photo at home if I want accuracy.

Sketching has a sense of urgency that I love, the energy, the life that can come out of a sketch amaze me. It’s about spontaneity, enthusiasm, confidence. It’s giving the feeling of a place, the illusion that every element is here.

That’s why I love sketching so much, I always surprise myself, good or bad, by interpreting what I see as fast as I can."

• Stéphane's blog.
• Stéphane's art on Flickr. 


[If you missed our Flickr Fave interview with Stéphane you can read it here.]

19 comments :

gabi campanario said...

welcome Stef! i really like what you wrote, i couldn't have defined what a 'sketch' should be any better

Claudio Lagos said...

Welcome Stephane, great sketch beautiful and clean colors!!

Shiho Nakaza said...

Welcome, Stéphane, the fellow Los Angeles correspondent! I enjoy reading about your thoughts on sketching. Since you live near the mountains and I live near the beach within this vast city, you're inspiring me to do my part in contributing to the variety of sketches on Urban Sketchers.

Anonymous said...

I know you'll be a glorious addition to a splendid blog!

Alain Bertin said...

Je suis bien d'accord avec Gabi : quelle belle définition du croquis, çà donne envie de s'y mettre tout de suite rien qu'à lire ! Très beau travail.

Julie Oakley said...

Welcome Steph. I've always loved your sketches.

Stéphane Kardos said...

- Thanks Gabi, it's a pleasure to be part of a group of such talented artists.

- Thanks Claudio.

- Thanks Shiho :) we might bump into each others someday.

- Thanks anonymous.

- Merci Alain, Paris me manque :)

- Thanks a lot Julie :)

bh yoo said...

Your story about your changing, loose lines for the essence of a subject is very inspiring. Looking forward to seeing your works more, welcome!

Lok said...

Love how your work radiates the pleasure of looking and drawing. Great to have you join the blog.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Wonderful work, Stephane, and welcome aboard! I'll look forward to seeing more from you.

TIA said...

Welcome. Keep sketching!

Isabel said...

I loved your drawings but found your defenition of sketching great welcome aboard

lapin said...

jolie définition du croquis en effet. content de t'avoir à nos côtés sur ce blog.

Björn Eskil said...

I knew it was only a matter of time until we got you signed up!

Rene Fijten said...

Great to see you here, your style and subjects inspired me ever since I found your blog a few years ago. Hope to see a lot more.

Stéphane Kardos said...

Thanks for the warm welcome everybody :) really appreciate.

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Taurine75 said...

So awesome that Los Angeles is being represented!!!