Hello and thank you for visiting my website and showing interest in my art!

I’m a french Canadian, born and raised in the suburbs on Montreal on a steady diet of 80’s music and movies, Sesame Street, Saturday morning cartoons, video games, American comics and french European “Bande-Dessinées”.

I started to draw at a very young age and for as long as I can remember, I have always drawn. My mother painted as a hobby and I was always surrounded by art, an interest which I also shared with my brother, who’s a very talented artist in his own right and a great source of inspiration. I followed art classes in high school and college, and I graduated in architecture. In high school I was introduced and encouraged by my late art teacher to try many different types of media. He gave me lots of liberty to explore and he had a profound influence on me. I also took interest and followed courses in sculpture, stop-motion animation and comic book illustration.

I pursue my quest to master realistic portraiture and figurative drawing in any medium. I draw mostly on Strathmore illustration paper, using a 0.5 mechanical pencil with micro carbon leads of various intensity. But I’ve also painted with acrylic paints, illustrated using ink and colored pencils and i’m currently experimenting with watercolor. I dream of eventually having the opportunity to study at an established atelier and to have the chance to learn from great teachers and masters, to practice my drafting skills under the supervision of talented artists, in order to develop my own techniques and learn drawing and oil painting techniques based on the realistic traditions originated in the renaissance period. To be inspired by the works of other fellow artists and art students. To elevate my art to a level of beauty and precision that i admire from that era. To evolve artistically and discover my own creative voice in order to combine all my influences and express complex visual narratives that nest and grow in my mind’s eye.

I have a very wide range of interest and eclectic tastes and influences. I find inspiration in other artists and their craft, in music and in my travels, in pop culture as well as classical academic art. Light and shadows. Traditional figurative art and portraits. Renaissance and romanticism movement. Sculpture, architecture and photography. Powerful movie actors and actress. Music icons from all era. Comic book super-heroes and villains. Science-fiction and fantasy. Intriguing faces and beautiful people. The weird and the bizarre. Shapely curves and sexy bodies. Tattoos. Industrialism and industrial music. Dracula, Frankenstein and classic horror monsters. Vampires and anything Gothic. Skulls and skeletons. Cyber punk. Steam punk. BDSM and erotica. Burlesque and freak shows. Art Nouveau/Jugenstil. la Belle Époque. Opera and classical music. Stage theater, puppets and stop-motion animation. Street art and murals. And everything else that ignites my curiosity!

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Learn. Draw. Repeat.

François Champagne-Limoges