Interview with Serge Birault
By Simon Morse
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Date Added: 7th February 2012
Hi Serge! Now, many of our readers will be familiar with your work as you are a regular in our galleries, and pretty much known as the digital pin-up king! But can you tell us a little about how you got interested in art, and how did you end up painting pin-ups?
I also love caricatures. I'm not that good at them, but a lot of caricaturists like Sebastian Krüger or Dominic Philibert have had a great influence on me. I try to avoid proportions that are too realistic. Cartoon pin-ups by Loopydave, for example, have provided me with some new references.
Perhaps I should have said digital pin-up royalty - I love the rest of the royal family too! There are a lot of names I recognize in there from my days at art college. It sounds like you were heavily influenced by some great, traditional artists. Do you have a traditional art background? How did you end up painting digitally?
I didn't study art, but I practiced using acrylic, oils and (of course) airbrushes. I began to use a computer a very long time ago, nearly 20 years in fact. It was very hard to create big digital files, but it was far easier than working traditionally. I ended up painting digitally because I'm lazy.
Most of us will be familiar with your very clean and tidy pin-ups, but whilst looking through your galleries I came across some really nice speed paintings. Do you do these for fun, or do you find it is a nice way to experiment with ideas without committing your time to a complete project?
Yes, I like doing speed paintings too. When I finish a big picture I need to do some fast and little