Demie
January 2013

Biography

I am Démie Lecompte. Born in Montreal, I grew up in Mont-St-Hilaire, in the Montérégie region of Quebec (Canada).

I started drawing as soon as I knew how to hold a pencil and I wrote illustrated stories as soon as I could write. At the age of nine, I made the serious decision to compose long stories. I went to College in visual arts, and afterwards in 3D computer graphics for film and television. This is where I learnt the basics of digital painting software such as Photoshop.

I then went through a difficult and dark period, marked by an important artistic block; period that lasted about fifteen years. So I turned to writing workshops (short stories, novels). Later, I became the mother of two wonderful and talented daughters in 2008 and 2012. In 2010, I left my workplace for good and stayed home to help my firstborn, who had special needs at the time.

It’s only from 2014 that I find time for myself and made concrete steps to break the artistic block, with different therapeutic aids. I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2015, where I learnt how to get a hold of myself. In 2016, I started traditional drawing classes. After a period of reflection, I chose in 2017 to resume digital painting and take intensive courses over three semesters. And finally, in 2019, I took a formation in career management for freelance artists.

All the steps from 2014 to 2019 were important to understand who I am, what I really want to do, then to develop my artistic approach and the projects I’m working on now.

Demie with her daughters
May 2013

Artistic Approach

Digital Painting

A technique where traditional canvas, paper and media are replaced by 2D drawing software. It is now my medium of predilection. I'm using mostly Clip Studio Paint, ArtRage and Adobe Photoshop CS6. I would like to try Corel Painter one day.

Traditional Arts

Graphite is my natural first choice of medium for traditional art, or else charcoal and white pastel on mi-teinte paper. In the past, I did some painting (acrylic and oil), which is now replaced by digital painting.

Literature

I write fantasy, where I create imaginary worlds filled with magic and fabulous creatures. Of course, at the centre of all this, the human nature; sometimes coward, sometimes virtuous, most of the time in love, which makes it, when circumstances allow it, heroic.

Specialisations

Human Figure

The human figure and character creation always has been at the centre of my drawings and fascinations.

Animals & Creatures

In strong rivalry with human figure, comes animal figure and creature conception (mythological, anthropomorphic, hybrid and chimerical of all kinds).

Anatomy studies

For an aesthetic understanding of the human body or the animal silhouette, from its structure to its movements.

Narrative Illustrations

I have often been told that my writing is very pictorial, as much as my images are very narrative. My artistic approach goes in this direction: the fusion between art and letters.