We’re proud of Julien Tromeur: he was one of Fotolia’s best-selling illustrators in 2013. He’s also a self-confessed sponge, thirsty for new ideas and experiences. So we caught up with him and asked for his thoughts on just…stuff!
Fotolia: Why do you think your images are so popular and have led you to become one of Fotolia best-selling illustrators of 2013?
Julien Tromeur: Hello, well I think I have a unique style, a niche, I mostly do 3D cartoon characters, that’s my thing, I’m having fun and people seem to respond well.
By the way, a lot of people write to me and ask for poses or suggest ideas. I like those interactions, so keep them coming!
I think I brought quality, originality and humor to the market: I’m a creative, I’m curious, I have a lot of ideas. I believe we’re all the products of our environments, I live in Paris and I like to travel a lot, I can be even happy going to a supermarket and looking at everything, I’m a sponge!
Fo: When you first started selling your stock images on Fotolia did you plan the kind of images you would produce? Or was it a case of trial and error and adapting to what the market wanted?
At the same time I need to do original content, I need to create, I always want to find the next big thing, and I’ll find it, I just know it.
As for trends, well I try not to fall into this, but you have to adapt, for example laptops are gone and tablets are in, you need to be current.
Fo: How do you stay up to date with current trends and forecast what will be popular in the future?
JT: I want to be in this market a long time, so I try not to do what’s hot, but mostly what will still please people in ten years time. Then you adapt. If hipsters like ugly glasses, well, you do ugly glasses…
More seriously, just get out, watch the news, read the papers, and get interested in technology, health, lifestyle, fashion, etc.
But that’s the easy part; the hard part is everything else!
For the future, you need to think globally. For example, I believe Africa is going to be big, and they’ll need graphics, too, and not just your white characters, so I try to do some. They don’t sell a lot now, but it feels good knowing you can help in some way, even if it’s just with a black superhero or something.
Fo: Thanks, Julien, that’s really given us something to think about. Especially the frogs…
You can see (and buy!) a lot more of Julien’s work on his Fotolia portfolio.