Renaud Lavency is a Belgian illustrator and animation director whose style is an enchanting mix of evocative 2D illustration, bold & unexpected use of color, and cinematic storytelling packed into a succinct & snappy graphic language. Somewhere between traditional painting, classic film, and graphic design is where Renaud’s work resides. And bursting forth from this eclectic fusion of influences is a body of work that delights, surprises, challenges, and—more than anything—moves his audiences.
In short? You've never seen 2D illustration quite like this before.
Renaud wasn’t always an illustrator and director. For the first five years of his career, he was a creative conceptor at Wunderman Thompson. Here, he cut his chops as an idea man and developed not only a knack for narrative-driven campaigns but a reverence for the brief, the storyboard, and the challenge of pushing concepts to new creative heights.
It’s a process that's resulted in an illustrious body of illustrative work, with a wide range of clients. From elegant explainer films for Userway, to a sprawling mix of cinematic illustrations (for the likes of Google, Art&Graft, The Furrow, and Motion Design School), there's something rich and enchanting and altogether unique about Renaud's portfolio.
His passion for cinema and classic film is evident in the visual language he uses. His design style is built on simple, graphic shapes. His use of light showcases the emotion of a scene as good as any live-action shot ever would or could. And his bold and surprising use of color modernizes the nostalgic film language that so inspires his work. Put simply, no one can do what he does.