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Agnès Ernoult

Agnès Ernoult - Lille, France based illustrator

Fine ladies in wigs, angry witches and crazy dinosaurs – these are just a few of the characters French illustrator Agnès Ernoult has created for her clients in recent years. Each persona has its own unique charm, interesting expressions, and little touches of detail you won’t see anywhere else. That’s why her work is in demand at a range of children’s book publishers, magazines and more. Agnès actually set out to become an English teacher. After studying the language for three years, she moved to Bristol and found herself in the Stokes Croft district. It’s an arty area, full of studios and decorated with all sorts of murals. The creative bug had bitten, and it took Agnès back to when she was three or four years old and worked at a little desk next to her father, who was a teacher marking papers. “Every time I said, ‘I’m finished,’ he would reply, ‘You can go further by adding this or that.’ That's how drawing became a part of me. I've always loved spending hours and hours trying to represent what I had in mind as best as I could,” she explains. Now, the artist’s life is a reality for her, she still harks back to old Disney films and Peter Rabbit stories for her inspiration. Agnès loves to see animals wearing clothes, like The Fantastic Mr Fox. Cakes, pastries and famous chefs also give her a creative spark, as does the music of French film composer Alexandre Desplats.

Training

Agnès studied for a degree in Illustration at Ecole Pivaut in Nantes for four years. She thinks of it as the Hogwarts for future artists.

Approach

Optimism is the very first stage in Agnès’ process. When she starts an image she tells herself it’s going to be the best work she’s ever done. She is always aiming to improve. Then she begins with some quick sketches to explore the subject matter and when she’s settled on what she wants to capture, Agnès creates a bigger sketch with as much of the final detail as possible. Watercolour is her medium of choice, and when the sketching is complete she tests out some colour combinations on a small piece of paper. This way she can find something unique, perfect for the piece she’s working on. She has mastered a range of watercolour effects, and often uses ink for the outlines.

Styles

Agnes’ style of watercolour painting gives her work a soft and delicate look. It’s a subtle style, with a retro feel and a touch of humour. She loves to include nature in her illustrations such as floral details, and little insects and animals that give each image extra life. She also offers a looser and punchier cartoon style, which is ideal when the illustration needs to make people laugh.

Client list

Ercuis & Raynaud Hinkler Books Magnard Jeunesse Marmaille & Compagnie Storytime Magazine Overcup Press Books
Character design animation of  " Kidi the little genie" for  Andros's Kidifruits desserts
Agnès Ernoult
cartoon cover of alice in wonderland for Hinkler Books
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour cover Annie Get Your Gum
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour character design Tiffany
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour cover for Marmaille & Cie
Agnès Ernoult
Illustration of kidi fruit
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour children book cover for Marmaille & Cie
Agnès Ernoult
Autumn in Montmartre watercolour retro art
Agnès Ernoult
Painting of Cendrillon for Magnard Jeunesse.
Agnès Ernoult
Children book watercolour art The Rabbit
Agnès Ernoult
Children book Bedtime stories for Galerie Curiosites
Agnès Ernoult
Aliens character design sketches for Marmaille & Compagnie
Agnès Ernoult
Princesses character design sketches for Marmaille & Compagnie
Agnès Ernoult
Animals character design Tribute to Fantastic Mr Fox
Agnès Ernoult
Fantasy animals character design The wold
Agnès Ernoult
Animals character sketches for Ercuis & Raynaud
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour sketch Little bat
Agnès Ernoult
Cendrillon watercolour character design for Magnard Jeunesse
Agnès Ernoult
Cendrillon watercolour character design for Magnard Jeunesse
Agnès Ernoult
watercolour character art Little Red Riding Hood
Agnès Ernoult
Water colour art Winter at Notre Dame
Agnès Ernoult
Marmaille & Compagnie Les Dinos Decongeles watercolour art
Agnès Ernoult
Marmaille & Compagnie Les Dinos Decongeles watercolour art
Agnès Ernoult
Fantasy children books cover Alice in wonderland
Agnès Ernoult
Galerie Daniel Maghen Tribute to Azuro
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour art The Nest
Agnès Ernoult
Marmaille et Compagnie children's book cover
Agnès Ernoult
Cendrillon watercolour children's art
Agnès Ernoult
Gamblers character design
Agnès Ernoult
Agnès Ernoult
Agnès Ernoult
Comic illustration of pig
Agnès Ernoult
Agnès Ernoult
T-rex Dinosaur children cartoon art
Agnès Ernoult
Watercolour animals character A Little Mouse
Agnès Ernoult
The Beast children's book cover
Agnès Ernoult
Marmaille et Compagnie children's book graphic cover
Agnès Ernoult
Agnès is such a joy to work with – her art is stunning, her communication clear and prompt, and the enthusiasm and passion she has for her art is obvious to those who work with her. One of the best illustrators I’ve had the pleasure to work with!
Emily Murray, Hinkler Books
"Agnes Ernoult is in a league of her own. Stunningly creative in her ability to design almost magical illustrations, Agnes is able to immerse herself completely into the story in order to generate unique perspectives, colors and textures that bring the characters to life. Her communication skills and professional demeanor are just icing on the cake. Since the launch of Herbert Butterwinkle and the Sunshine Surprise, the overwhelming response from readers has been centered around the quality of the illustrations. I cannot speak highly enough of Agnes' professionalism on this project. For anyone seeking one-of-a-kind illustrations that will truly differentiate your work from the masses, Agnes Ernoult is your answer. - Greg Myracle "
Greg Myracle, Herbert Butterwinkle
Everyone loves your final art. It so magical and all the detail are beautiful
Suzanne Beck, Ladybug Magazine
You've done a wonderful job
Christine Cheung, Langland
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