If you've been a fan of Paper Rain products for a while, you may recognise Faunesque's work from some of our most iconic, popular tees and eco-friendly hemp tote bags ~ check out the FLORA tote bag here!
'Faunesque', also known as Phil Constantinesco, has been working side-by-side with Paper Rain for some years. Although he is one of the very few artists not based here in New Zealand, Phil's affinity for nature and his eye for intricate detail makes him a perfect fit.
We recently caught up with Phil to gain his insight into the world ...and we'd like to share it with you!
Tell us a bit about yourself, including something most people don’t know about you:
Hi! My name is Phil Constantinesco, aka Faunesque. I am a French illustrator, I am 36.
I have been working freelance since 2004, graduated in LISAA Strasbourg then co-founded the motion design studio Zurich29. We moved to Paris in 2007 to work as motion designers at MTV France for a year and a half. I have continued working freelance as well. Since 2015 I have lived in Brussels and work mostly as an illustrator.
I would love to work more! Especially with direct commissions, so don’t hesitate if you are interested in my work :).
I dream about a cool house in the woods in front of a lake, very calm, to draw every day, all day long.
Tell us a bit about your unique practice:
I have 2 main techniques I use:
• Hand drawing - I usually look for flowers, fruits and all the stuff I need in google images then I draw a general image composed by a lot of small drawings bundled together. I guess that this practice may have come from the influence of Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo - I loved his work when I was a kid.
• Digital drawing - I use a Wacom Cintiq 27’’ to draw, mostly for clients.
How did you get involved in The Paper Rain Project?
Hmmm! I am not sure but I think I saw a competition on Facebook a few years ago for a tee design contest. I decided to participate with a Pukeko. They chose my design and some of the other participants. Then we exchange emails and we are, I guess you’ll agree, now friends :)
What is your favourite daily ritual?
Fry up an egg and eat some bread with ham, cheese, avocado, radishes … basically breakfast :)
Something you’d have liked to have told your twenty-year old self:
"Draw a lot more mate, enjoy the time you have! Enjoy the art studies too (no clients, less responsibilities, more exploration etc.)"
What do you want to see a little more of in the World?
What does it mean to you to be a Paper Rain guest artist?
It means a lot, I am very grateful. Indigo & Wills are doing a great job!! I can’t imagine how hard it is to run a shop, to keep on going with ideas, find solutions, find the right people to work with etc. I am very happy to know them and would really love to go in NZ to work a bit with them :)
What are you listening to while you work? It depends, I sometimes listen to LoFi HipHop, letting YouTube decide for me. I listen to French radio like France Inter, France Culture, Arte. Sometimes when I just need to colourize I listen to stand up artists or a movie from the 90s.