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If You’re Having a Bad Day, Take a Look at This French Artist’s Enchanting Paintings

Inspired by Tim Burton and Disney, his art is both moving and existential.

The advancement of technology has paved the way for the serendipitous amalgamation of art and technology, giving artists a new medium to navigate, explore, and create wonder with. Ciryl Rolando, a psychologist and digital artist from Southern France cultivates this medium with skill and a kind of otherworldly beauty that will take your breath away. The piece featured below is called “Face the Unknown,” and speaks straight to our souls like so many of Rolando’s other digital pieces.

“Actually, I was not really aware of becoming an illustrator/digital artist. When I started to draw, I was 18 and at the same time I started my psychology studies,” Roloando says in an interview with Apex Magazine, “I need art as an outlet to my job, and my career as a psychologist inspires new drawing… this is a wonderful combination.”

Rolando’s work usually focuses on capturing human emotion and how it interacts with colour. His behance is an emotional rollercoaster; his paintings ranging from gently inspiring to melancholy to colossally existential. When asked about his core inspirations, Rolando siad, “I like the old Disney mood, the Hayao Miyazaki worlds, and the absurdity of Tim Burton. They are my roots.” This doesn’t come as a surprise, as his work harbors the whimsicality of old Disney and the eerie etherealism of Hayao Miyazaki and Tim Burton.

It’s a common conception that artists work better in a state of mental disquiet or melancholy. Rolando admits that this is true for him as well, saying, “I have noticed [that a] melancholic state of mind allowed me to do deeper artwork.” 

Ciryl Rolando goes by the pseudonym “Aquasixio” on social media. You can follow him on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and Facebook.

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