Meet the man behind the frogs. Illustrator Julien Tromeur creates 3D illustrations that are among the most popular illustrations on Shutterstock. Among his best-selling images are dozens of pictures featuring 3D cartoon frogs, a fun-loving character that our customers can’t get enough of. Tromeur, who lives in Paris, has been a Shutterstock contributor since 2006 and has about 12,000 images in our collection. We asked him a few questions about his success.
Q: How did you get started in stock illustrations?
A: I started doing 3D characters in my free time while working as a web and 3D artist (product design mostly). My real passion was cartoony characters.
Q: How do you decide which images to create and submit to Shutterstock?
A: I try to have fun. I think it’s silly to copy the others, you have to find what makes you happy. In the long run you have to have your style and your niche, this is how you become good at what you do, it’s the best way to survive.
Q: You seem to be our number one artist for frog illustrations! How did that happen?
A: I made the frog for fun and something clicked with people. Have you heard of the secret sauce? Well this frog has it. I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it, but people from all around the world started asking for more poses. You’d be surprised of the number of emails I receive just for the frog, it’s crazy, but hey I’m not complaining. This is fun! I’m just sorry I can’t respond to everyone.
Q: How long does it take to design these?
A: It sometimes takes two weeks of work to create a complete character, from the 2D design to the modeling, the texturing, the rigging, the lighting etc. It’s hard work.
Q: Do you ever see your images show up in finished products, like ads or websites? Does this happen often?
A: Yes, quite often actually. I sometimes stumble upon a magazine cover or an ad in the street, and many people send me pictures of my illustrations in action. Even on TV sometimes. I enjoy this part of the job, it’s rewarding to see your work “live.” I post some on my Twitter account: @julosheels.
Q: Does the frog have a name?
A: No the frog has no name, just the frog.
See more of Julien Tromeur’s work on his Shutterstock portfolio.