Vincent Bal, shadowologist and filmmaker from Belgium. Photo © Courtesy of the artist

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

Since I was a kid, I have been drawing little comics strips, which is quite normal when you grow up in Belgium, the birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke and many more. After high school, I decided to study directing, and went on to write and direct films. My love for drawing kept coming in handy to make storyboards, but I never imagined I would do it professionally one day.

It all changed one spring day in 2016, when I saw the shadow of a teacup on my desk, which looked a bit like an elephant. I gave the shadow creature eyes and legs, took a picture and shared it on social media. People seemed to like it, so I decided to make 100 of these shadow doodles, and I haven’t stopped since…

Typeslicer © Vincent Bal

In my images I always use the shadow of an everyday object and add a little drawing to turn it into something else. I gave this technique the very serious name ‘Shadowology’. So far, it had been an incredible journey, more than 1 million people follow me on social media and I have had exhibitions in Paris, London, Taiwan and Korea.