Black ink, humor and a determined imagination are what the illustrator Mathieu Bessudo aka McBess made him widely recognized. Some talent, but more importantly a total immersion in a surreal world in which every detail is constantly evolving, revisiting old American cartoons, which, with subtle obscene touches. In addition to T-bones, whiskey and bitches, McBess feasts with 3d and with his band, the «Dead Pirates» in London, where his style seems to have its place more than ever. So it is there that he flourishes and agreed to meet us for an interview bodied.
J / Hi McBess, first of all could you present yourself ?
M / Hi, I’m McBess, I’m an illustrator and I do my illustrations on black and white..
J / What are exactly your influences ? Has your style shaped with time or have you been through countless transitions ?
M / The problem is that I swore I will never answer this question. At the same time, you can notice my influences, there is a lot of Fleischer Brothers and Betty Boop, but I’m also inspired by loads of guys like Mark Ryden, Dave Cooper, Chris Ware... My style shaped and shapes with time, I haven’t found my sweetspot yet, I still have loads of work ahead and I’m glad it’s this way.
J / How did you started working professionally with graphics ? What was the contract that you’ve enjoyed the most ?
M / I posted my work online for a while, and then people began to ask me for stuff. I think the contract that I liked the most was the last one I did with Deezer, it was good, I was free to do what I wanted and easy.
J / It seems that you’re living a real relationship with your characters and the universes that you put forward. Your character is a bit the reflection of your personality. Tell us about it.
M / Well I think we all tend to illustrate themes that are personal to us and when this is not the case it simply looks fake. I began to draw myself in places that made me laugh with a bunch of girls, food ... I draw what I personally like, what I do and what I would love to do, and it just happens to be all the time the same stuff, because in the end I’m a ultra boring guy.
J / Animation and graphics are your two areas of expertise. Which one do you like the most ?
M / Illustration is my favourite domain, I like to see my characters animated but I remain a fan of the fixed image, it lets you imagine what happened before and what will happen next, I like it this way. It’s like when you never see the bad guy’s face, exactly the opposite of what’s happening in Hollywood nowadays.
J / Why did you choose to live in London ?
M / It’s really quiet here. It’s a little bit like America in Europe but without religion and more sarcasm. It’s a perfect cocktail..
J / Do you think you will release a tune one day ?
M / Yeah of course, we started recording and there are many things that I would like to re-write, we took a new direction that pleases me more so probably by the end of summer.
J / Any upcoming projects ?
M / I’m doing a huge exhibition the 5th of July in Berlin at the Dudes Factory and it might be real dope but I don’t want to talk too much as I haven’t done shit so far.
J / Any last word for the end ?
M / Thank you for the questions, it really pissed me off.