Tap into the weird feeling of an unknown presence with Diane Roussille's illustrations
The illustrator creates mesmerising worlds inspired by the relationship between our physical and digital selves.
- Joey Levenson
- 16 May 2023
French illustrator Diane Roussille is blurring the boundaries between traditional and digital techniques in her enchanting artworks. There’s something fascinating about Diane’s point of view, which somewhat evokes illustrative styles of classic children’s book that's intertwined with neon and the dearth reality of adult life. By combining the tactile textures of traditional painting with a digital aesthetic inspired by vintage video games, she creates an entirely unique and mesmerising world for audiences to get lost within.
“My main focus is to convey the weird feeling of a presence, a mood or a moment in time,” she says. In Diane’s artistic world, it’s all about the weird and wonderful sensations that often go unnoticed. As such, her pieces offer a glimpse into day-to-day life, portraying everything from mundane moments to surreal scenes.
Through her art, Diane mostly explores the dichotomy of existing as multiple selves through screens while inhabiting only one physical body – a concept she has dubbed the "Digital Spleen". Her illustrations delve deep into the digital landscape, exploring the complex relationship between our physical and virtual selves.
Diane's inspirations are just as diverse as her art. She draws from the work of classic artists such as Henri Rousseau and Edward Hopper, as well as contemporary creatives like Angela Dalinger and Luca Schenardi. What’s found in Diane’s work is a distinct alchemy of them all.
Diane Roussille: Pijama Party (Copyright © Diane Roussille, 2022)
About the Author
Joey is a freelance design, arts and culture writer based in London. They were part of the It’s Nice That team as editorial assistant in 2021, after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.