WE CHAT TO FASHION Photographer and illustrator Grethe Rosseaux

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Who is Grethe Rosseaux and what do you do?

Hi! I am an internationally and nationally published conceptual fashion photographer and illustrator. I mainly work as a photographer, but  I find myself with the odd illustration commission from time to time as well, which I thoroughly enjoy. Creating stories and images have  always been passions of mine and I love getting to do that for a living! A typical day in my life is spent either working, not sleeping, drinking  copious amounts of tea and being a nerd.

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How would you define your style or art?
Grandiose, haha! Everything is somehow based around power, glory, sorcery and warriors. On a pure stylistic level, I would  say my photography is very cinematic, from the composition to the colour grading and I apply that in my illustration as well. My illustration  style does vary a lot because most of the drawings I do are just for my own enjoyment, so it goes from stylised realism to doodles to  pop-arty to noir-esque – depending on my mood and where the idea takes me.

What inspires your work?
I love epic stories and dramatic scenery so much of my inspiration is drawn from myth and legend, superheroes and comics, fighter jets and  warriors, show business and magic and naturally, glitter. Of course, many of the shoots I do are also somehow inspired by someone I would like to work with –  a fashion designer, model, body painter, you name it. For illustration, I mostly draw my own characters from my I-promise-I-will-eventually-finish-it graphic novel, which
has a strong military influence.
So basically, I love awesomeness. If that makes any sense at all, haha!

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What are you currently working on?
At the moment I don’t have anything hugely creative in the works, as Jotunheim (my last big concept shoot) was two weeks ago and I’m  currently a bit swamped with client work. I am dying to get drawing again, so I spend every spare moment doodling!

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What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Be resilient! Things don’t always go to plan, so learn to roll with it and make do – it’s the most valuable skill you can have!

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What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Oh wow, I don’t think there’s been this one big thing rather than a collection of small victories, haha! I must admit that I get a kick out of  it every single time I get published somewhere – be it online or off. It’s always rewarding to see your name in print.

Where can our readers follow your work?
PHOTOGRAPHY:

Website: http://grethephoto.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/grethephoto
500px: http://500px.com/grethefenyx
Instagram: http://instagram.com/grethefenyx

ILLUSTRATION:
Website: http://fenyx.co.za
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ladyfenyxART
DeviantArt: http://grethefenyx.deviantart.com

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