The animals are imagined as living planets or landmasses, with their own landscapes and ecosystems and are truly magical.
Check out Olivier’s website at www.olivierleger.co.uk to find out more about him and what inspires him (it’s well worth a visit!) – watch his video about that – it’s ace.
He’s on social media at: insta: @olivier_leger – facebook: /oliviermarcthomasleger – twitter: @o_leger
So, onto the nitty gritty…
1. Where were you born?
I was born in London, Ontario, Canada.
2. Where did you grow up?
I was raised in the UK, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
3. What jobs have you had? (Any jobs before you became an artist/musician etc?)
My previous job experiences have entirely been in retail, working for different high-street shops.
4. What got you started?
I have always loved art. I was brought up with art, and encouraged to draw, paint and experiment with different techniques from a young age.
5. How old were you when you started?
I started drawing before I can remember, but I made a conscious decision to improve my techniques when I was 17.
6. Did you do any training? Where did you study?
I studied Art at GCSE, A level, and continued after school to do a Foundation diploma followed by a university degree in Fine Art.
7. What was the first piece of work you did?
A messy painting involving lots of green and yellow paint.
8. What piece of work are you proudest of?
Possibly a technical drawing I finished at university of a man sitting in a chair. The subject isn’t super exciting, but I’m still pleased with the tonal work on that drawing.
9. What are you best known for?
I’m best known for intricate drawings of marine animals illustrated with ecosystems on them and inside them.
10. What do you like most about your art form?
That all the tiny details drawn in such vast quantities excites people and encourages them to study the drawing closely to discover new things.
11. What would you improve about the field you work in?
I’m hoping to move into using colour. I love colour, but I’m shy at practicing with it. Slowly but surely I’m developing my technique, so I hope to make a large detail painting one day!
12. What are you working on now?
I’m working on a drawing of an angler fish. That’s the deep sea fish with the light protruding from its head. In the drawing, the fish will be covered with coral, his mouth is wide open and inside it is an ocean. Around his ‘lightbulb’ that sticks out from his head will be three beautiful tropical fish being drawn towards the light.
13. Describe your favourite kind of working day.
When I get to draw all day, I make good progress and manage to avoid distractions!
14. Who were your arts inspirations growing up?
I was big on Egon Sheile (Shiele?), Gustav Klimt, Giger and some of the impressionist artists like Monet and Cezanne.
15. Who are your current arts inspirations?
My current inspirations (that come to mind) are Alfred Kubin & Ikeda Manabu (imo, the most amazing painter… ever).
16. What top tip would you give to someone starting out in your artform?
Always draw with good lighting. Be patient, it will take a long time to finish your drawings, but eventually they will be done and people will appreciate the time involved in making it.
Thanks Olivier! You’re an inspiration!