Casalta Xavier is an artists from the south of France specialized in stippling art. I first got in touch with Casalta Xavier after seeing his Game of Thrones piece in the spring of 2013. After a couple years of knowing him personally and countless message exchanged I’ve witnessed humbleness, passion for art and continues sity of growth, it is inspiring to see him evolve as an artist and mastery of skills over the years.
What’s your background? Were you ever trained as an artist?
I first experimented typography and hand lettering while I was studying visual communication in 2013. Once I graduated, I decided to start working as a freelance and improve myself. I discovered the stippling technique by chance and immediately loved the render. As I never really studied art (I did one year of “art” school before my visual communication studies but it wasn’t really effective ahah), I tried to learn a lot by myself at home.
When did your passion for art develop?
I think it started during the last year of my studies. As I wasn’t really interested in what I was doing, I tried to find something else to practice.
What made you start making stippling art?
I don’t really remember. I think I was experimenting typography and I wanted to try something else than solid black. I tried different techniques like the line work or the stippling one. Then I saw a video from Miguel Endara in which he creates a portrait only with dots. At this moment I realized that you can create almost everything just with dots.
Describe your process of making an art piece, what’s the most challenging part of making an art piece?
I usually think about my pieces during a few months before I start to sketch something. Once I’m sure about what I’d like to create, I start creating some small sketches to get the idea. The part I like the most is starting the clean sketch. I can spend several days only on the sketch part, I’m really slow when it comes to sketching. I guess the most challenging part of making an art piece is finishing it. When I created the “Into the wild” piece that took 400 hours to complete, at the end I was really exhausted and wanted to do something else.
What are some artists that have influenced your work? in what ways?
I really like the work of Mark Lascelles Thornton. His recent piece “The Happiness Machine” is just incredible. Dmitry Vorsin is also using the stippling technique, at an other level !
What are you currently working on?
I started to experiment architecture, and as I really enjoy working on this new subject, I’m preparing a huge illustration of several meters about that. It will certainly take a few months, so we’ll have to be patient !
Where do you see yourself in the near future?
I really have no idea. Everything changes every weeks, months, years… Maybe I’ll do something totally different in the future, I don’t really know.
What advices would you give to someone who is starting out?
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