Guy Billout is a renowned French illustrator, artist, and children’s book author. After his studies in Burgundy, Billout worked in Paris for five years as a graphic designer for ad agencies. It was there he decided to shift his career path and move to New York City.
He first gained exposure with a bi-monthly column for The Atlantic Monthly from the 1980s to 1990s, which became an essential part of the publication’s editorial voice. With this column, Billout soon became one of the most sought after illustrators in North America.
His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Playboy, TIME, Newsweek, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others.
Known for manipulating the laws of physics and logic, Billout’s illustrations often utilize inverted perspectives and gravity-defying structures, such as the work featured above.
Billout’s illustrations have also been featured in Graphis Journal Issue #356, where he answered several questions about his influences and his experiences as a Frenchman in America. When asked about what he values most, Billout immediately stated “a sense of humor,” providing a true testament to the driving force behind his work.