It seems like we just can’t get over those 90s and 80s man. Some would argue that these two decades have something spellbinding going for them when it comes to art, music, gaming, and pop culture in general. Tino Valentin is a French artist who creates intricate, surreal illustrations dedicated to this era using his trusty Copic markers. His inspiration comes from the games, cartoons, movies, and food. So don’t be surprised to see gaming consoles coming to life, Pokémon getting caught in pokeballs, or zombified Super Mario Brothers characters. Hell, with Tino behind the wheel even burgers and sandwiches can make a scene!
I would say that my art is the reflection of my personality. A constant chaotic and productive creativity, where I mix everything that is affecting me (a texture, an animal, a movie, a period… anything).
I love any references from the 80’s and 90’s pop culture, but retro gaming (8 bit/16bit), horror movies (Z movies) and junk food (big fat burgers) are clearly what I love to mix the most. Crabs and octopi are intriguing to me as well for they beautiful anatomy and colors.
I use to draw on computer since 20 years. Mostly with vectors and without graphics tablet but 2 years ago I started to be tired to spend my days and night front of a screen. I bought 3 Copic markers for pleasure and now I got hundreds and spend all my day to draw with it.
I love those markers because the ink is extremely good quality. It allows me to mix up to 7 or 8 colors without problems. The color range is amazing, the ink dry very fast (it’s allow to not work dirty) and, extremely important point when you spend hours using it, the ink not smell anything.
I have hundreds of new ideas to put on paper. My goal is keep improving the technical aspect (colors, shadings, textures effects…), and go more far in the creativity. I take notes of my crazy ideas every day on my phone. Sometime they come to me in the middle of the night, so be ready to see some crazy things
Tino’s new Copic Markers tasty Illustrations!
Amazing! These drawings blew my mind. What a treat for a 90s kid such as myself. But no matter when, or where you were born , one thing is certain. These illustrations rock! Vibrant color of Copic markers combined with dynamic layouts forms surreal scenes that are hard to forget. If you would like to check out other Tino’s amazing drawings you can find him on Facebook and Instagram. Finally, I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on Tino’s work in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Tino Valentin.