SOLÈNE DEBIÈS IN 10 WORDS :
Solène draws women whether they’re Parisian, New Yorkers or Indian, and of course their men ! These women were sketched in Europe and during her travels in other countries. Her heroines are feminine, elegant, and mischievous and evolve in stylized backgrounds and architectures.
Solène decides to dedicate her time to drawing and becoming an illustrator early in the year 2000. She draws for various French and International magazines such as: ELLE, BIBA, GALA… But also for publishing houses like HACHETTE, for brand names : DELSEY, Nestlé, Lancôme… She also dedicates a large part of her time to research and design when she’s in her workshop based in Nantes or when travelling. Limited series of her personal works are regularly up for sale on her website or occasionally in other places for example “Les Galeries Lafayette”.
She has two daughters, Jeanne and Salomé. Her husband, Marc, is a sound designer. They’re able to share the adventure of travelling and creating together, we can see what they get up to on their blog : travel blog
A REAL BRETON
Solène spent her childhood on the Atlantic coast in the North of Finistère, where she developed her imagination by drawing colorful characters. The opening to the Atlantic from this “end of the earth” place (and not the Breton drizzle ; just a legend) gave her the desire to discover the rest of the world.
Solène is a globetrotter and likes to travel for several months, mainly around Asia with her family. Whilst travelling she discovers new colors, new flavors, new characters, scenery, settings and architectures. We can find all of these things in her illustrations.
Solène fell in love with Asia around 15 years ago. Since that moment, she likes to spend about 3 months a year in Asia with her family. They hop between India, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. She collaborated for 8 years with the Indian ELLE magazine and has just finished illustrating the book for the famous Indian stylist Pernia Qureshi.
He was in the Marines during the Second World War and travelled the world …. In a submarine. The story of his numerous journeys gave Solène the desire to follow her grand-father’s footsteps, and see in particular Vietnam’s Along Bay.
Solène often goes to Paris for her projects, to see her friends or some of her family. She makes the most of her time by soaking up the atmosphere on the banks of the river Seine, in cafés or simply just walking through the streets of this very vibrant and elegant city. It’s a perpetual source of inspiration.
She is particularly interested by design, architecture, art and fashion. In the domain of drawing, she appreciates the work of cartoonist Olivier Voutch. Sometimes some of his creations pop up in her mind in unpredictable ways and never fail to make her laugh years later.
Solène has always been fascinated by Indian cartoonist Mario de Miranda (died in 2011) ever since she found out about him on one of her trips to India. It’s his precursor world and humor that what made her appreciate the state of Goa, a place where she visits every year.
As a young teenager, Solène moved to Nantes, where she rediscovered the River Loire, land of her father’s family who originate from Chinon. Gastronome and cook, she appreciates good cooking and good wine and particularly those that come from the Loire Valley, such as Muscadet and Chinon. (Good addresses on request).
After having collaborated with numerous American Magazines, she met Michael in 2013, an illustrator agent who is now her illustrator agent for the US. She loved this city where she’s now pursuing exciting new creative adventures.