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Meet Our Surreal Illustrator: Charlotte Dumortier

It has been a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme.

A monthly theme inspires new conversations and ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t think about. At our events, speakers are invited to share a story around the theme and what it means to them. After a month, we are excited to see the kinds of talks and inspiration that are born out of the theme.

The global theme for January is Surreal.

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Given that these monthly illustrations are at events all around the world, it’s only right that we get to know the illustrator.


Meet Charlotte Dumortier

Charlotte Dumortier is a freelance illustrator living in Antwerp, Belgium. In the daytime, she makes editorial illustrations, posters, animated gifs, murals, comics & live drawings. At night, she focuses on screen prints, mini comix & yumyumzines with her BFF Shamisa Debroey.

How did you get into illustration work?

A combination of an inspiring boyfriend, an Illustration/comics degree, contributing to lots and lots of group exhibitions, anthologies, etc. and sweet sweet friends that recommended me when they had too much work.

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At what point in your life did you realize that illustration was your calling?

I loved to draw as a kid and never stopped. I didn’t know it was possible to make a living out of it, so I studied Graphic Design. I liked the courses, but in the end, I went to Illustration/Comics at Sint Lukas Brussels for my Master’s degree and finally everything felt right. I had the best class I could wish for; we were sparking each other, making zines, and organizing drawing marathons etc. The fun never stopped.

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How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?

My drawings were pretty different when I graduated, very fluid, like everything was melting. After school I worked in a graphic design studio for a while; that really changed my illustrations: they became simpler and bolder.

And I make lots of collab drawings and zines with Shamisa Debroey, our styles and techniques are very different but it works perfectly together. She learns me to loosen up a bit, and experiment more. I steal a lot from her <3.

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How do you define “surreal”? What does it personally mean to you when looking at something that seems out of this world?

Seeing giraffes in Antwerp, Belgium. You can spot them (mainly their butt) through the gate when biking around the back side of the zoo. I do it every day on my way to the studio, it makes me a little happier.

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What’s one piece of advice you’ve received that has made a big impact in your life and career?

Explore other fields (architecture, 3D-animation, experimental poetry…) to become a better illustrator. Have side projects for fun.

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What’s something in your industry that deserves more attention?

On the stake with ‘no fee but lot’s of exposure,’ it’s insulting and even if you’re the smallest non-profit. You always have something to trade; it could be a subscription, freshly delivered pizza, an invitation to stay over when traveling.

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Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.

I love crumpets.


Discover Charlotte’s work on her Instagram and website.

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