First name: Claire
Studies: Edition Illustration 3D
R.Firenos : I actually grew up in Provence, in an area particularly exposed to the wind with sun, sea and pine forests nearby. For inspiration I think this land has influenced me for warm colors and colorful environments, it was a very dynamic place. Flora and fauna were very abundant there, especially in the marine environment with a great diversity of fish and seabirds. We can find this source of inspiration on many of my works, as for instance Gull / Seagull and fish are often present.
R.Firenos : As far as I remember, yes, or at least something related to art or manual: professor of art history, of painting, graphic designer or jeweler. Besides, it does not stop me now from giving some painting classes and starting the creation of jewelry.
R.Firenos : Unfortunately not, but I'd love to! I’ve mostly seen places and countries associated with the Celtic mythology.
R.Firenos : It was my first role playing character that I brought on the internet! It was a dragon whose first name was Ruby, the Firenos came later in order to get a nickname more "complete" but in fact it was originally the name of the dragon’s tribe in connection with the role playing character. This nickname has been imposed by itself for drawing at the expense of another that I wanted initially!
R.Firenos : By pure chance! One day, I was lazy to get up to fetch a glass of water and I used the default coffee in my cup to paint. I found an interesting result and the same evening I had fun experimenting with it. I started alone testing various pigments, mediums, effects and I found the result even more interesting than watercolor (knowing that my favorite medium is watercolor which I practice since my childhood.) And one day, I decided to accommodate coffee with my graphic style and thus was born O Ka-Fée.
R.Firenos : This material allows me to express myself more freely than many other mediums! I’ve found a unique vibrancy, intensity and a particular complexity. I love challenges and coffee is a bit like chemistry, it has sometimes a mystical behavior and a wacky side that gives me fun. As coffee is also a lively and natural material textures can quickly inspire me various styles and renders ... it allows me to diversify my ideas and paint differently each time.
R.Firenos : The principle of coffee is getting a stronger and pronounced texture than water, which is close to the watercolor technique without necessarily having the same approach. The principle is to make living a coffee spot to let its own material appear depending on the measure, sugar and components. At first I do projections of coffee, before injecting the pigment in the coffee spot (Powders, Colorex, Watercolors), then I let these pigments do their random distribution by themselves, sometimes adding new coffee spots to change the result. It is a kind of alchemy or cooking for every painting. Some watercolor-like textures occasionally appear (like salt, for example) but still with a little unique twist due to the strength of the components of coffee, they tend to trap and revive pigments. The slightest error in this medium even less forgiving than watercolor, can tarnish a painting more quickly and make it lose any interest. Coffee therefore behaves very differently from watercolor so you must have very good pigment knowledge if you want to start different coffees techniques…
R.Firenos : I use the same equipment in watercolor, but I pay attention to quality, because my coffee can quickly destroy a brush...This is also why I alternate with some synthetic brushes for some very thick solids.
R.Firenos : They are not part of a long-term project, it's just for fun to share and also show the progress of my traditional work.
R.Firenos : Yes! I do lots of paintings on driftwood about marine issues. If I find a media that tempts me like carton, wood of all kinds, stone…I try them often!
R.Firenos : No one really! For me I'm still trying to find what I really want and alternate compositions, styles etc...
R.Firenos : A very nice change anyway! Thank you for this site! There are more features, it is easy to handle and all artist levels can be found! There is a beautiful dynamic online gallery with passionate members.
R.Firenos : A lot! I love what does Aquasixio for the dreamlike side, also Kirinoru, Sinvia, Allantiee and Jessica Sansiquet for traditional ... and many more!
R.Firenos : That's a great idea! I think it's always interesting to see how a person works; it helps us to rethink about our own methods sometimes.
R.Firenos : Elk (http://elk64.deviantart.com/), Rozenng (http://rozenng.deviantart.com/), Sylwia Telari (http://sylwiatelari.deviantart.com/) and Sieskja (http://sieskja.deviantart.com/gallery/) ! I'd love to invite others, but my list is so long!