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Fotolia’s next TEN Collection artist

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General, by Mark White
August 9, 2013

Fotolia’s TEN Collection continues with a behind-the-scenes video of how artist Lydia Baillergeau creates, with free sources available for 24 hours today only

Season 2 of the TEN Collection continues with a special reveal, slightly different than previous occasions. This month, Fotolia unveils the ‘making of’, with special access to a step-by-step video that is free to download on Friday 9th August 2013.

Inspiration, key to Baillergeau’s work

Inspiration is key in Baillergeau’s work. As a talented motion designer, she discovered her love for drawing at an early age, falling in love with Monet. “I was totally captivated by his paintings and his sense of light.” Just like with her art, artistic boundaries are not static for this budding artist. Cinema, including “Kyle Cooper for its creative and technical meaning in Donnie Brasco and Seven,” and music are, for her, a well of inspiration. “A musical sequence, lyrics or an album cover, everything inspires me in music. I often stroll through the shelves of music stores in search of typographic inspiration.”

 A structured way to think out of the box

Baillergeau creates her art using a structured method. From the initial concept to the actual animation, several steps are necessary to give life to her project. She uses the main storyline as her guide throughout the creation: “Patience, perseverance, a desire to communicate an idea and evoke an emotion—it’s not just about making a pretty design. A great design tells a story.” From there, she meticulously creates a flow chart for every step of the creation, where she outlines every artistic choice and builds it around her base concept.  “If you make something pink, you need to know exactly why you chose that color.”

For TEN, she chose a series of festive, and even humorous images to represent the creative process that takes place over the course of an evening of work. “Here’s to staying up all night… to starting all over again,” the video says. “Creativity and being inspired are really magical things to me, so I attempted to depict this feeling through the use of bright colors, twinkling stars, glowing lights and ethereal imagery,” says Baillergeau. Animation sequences in Flash, Illustrator files and a 3D sequence were used to create this highly-colorful motion design. “To add a natural texture to the canvas, I added Alpha and Luma mats in After Effects. I love exploring these styles in my transitions.” 

Meet the artist

Two videos, with subtitles in 12 languages were filmed in the United States. One, which presents her personal inspiration, influences and daily life will be available on Facebook’s TEN page as of July 26. The second one, in which she shares her artistic techniques and step-by-step creation process, will be available on the TEN release day, Friday, August 9 2013 on