A Year with Dead Pirates

A Year with Dead Pirates is a hand-drawn illustration created for a show at the Issue Gallery in Paris

Matthieu Bessudo, or mcbess as he is known creatively, is one of the most interesting illustrators and 3D animators working today. He produces intriguing surrealist illustrations with amazing detail and positively unique characters. This summer saw the release of his book, Big Mother, in collaboration with Nobrow Press, and earlier this year he appeared as a guest speaker at both the FITC Toronto and Amsterdam conferences. And as well as working as an illustrator, he also makes up one quarter of the band The Dead Pirates, for whom he sings and plays guitar, designs merchandise and makes music videos. On top of all this he works as a director at The Mill. So at just 27 years old, it would seem Bessudo is out to achieve a lot in life.

Originally from Cannes in the South of France, mcbess first rose to fame following his involvement in Sigg Jones, a short 3D animated film. He collaborated on the project with illustrators and friends Astrokid and Mostrabo while still at university, and it quickly spread around the internet. Following its success and his graduation from the prestigious SupInfoCom University he moved to London, where he now lives and works independently on his various projects. He explains: “What I like about all the different projects I work on is that they are all more or less self-produced. Our band isn’t signed to a label, so we can play and say whatever we want. The same goes for my illustration work,” he adds. “I guess the direction I’m taking with everything I do is one that lets me be in control of every single aspect of it – whether that be images, animation, or music.”

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