Jean-Baptiste Monge was born in 1971, in Nantes, France. He’s a Fantasy author, illustrator and painter since 1994. After 15 years in Brittany, he decided to continue his adventure in Canada, in a small town, north of Montréal, where he’s currently working on projects for Sony Pictures and the gaming industry.
His specialty is the portraying the world of faeries, elves, goblins and related faerie folk. Monge’s detailed, beautifully rendered paintings have a textural quality and subdued color palette ideally suited to his portrayal of the denizens of the unseen world at our feet and the edges of our vision, living lives in miniature on the floor of a forest. Creating his own illustrating stories in books, Jean-Baptiste is nowadays a Character Designer and a Visual Development Artist for CG Animations and movies.
He issued his first illustrated book “Halloween” in 1996, in collaboration with Erlé Ferronnière with whom he worked for 10 years, until 2004. The book has been published by Avis de Tempête, further renamed Au Bord des Continents.
In 2006, he issued his first solo book “Carnet de Croquis“, archives de Féerie – Tome I, illustration, texts and layout. In 2007, he attended FaeriCon ’07 in Philadelphia, in order to get contacts for the publication in the United States of “A la Recherche de Féerie – Tomes I and II“, “Carnet de Croquis” as well as “Celtic Faeries“. Until 2008, he worked for the collective books “L’Univers des Dragons“. In October 2008, during the Utopiales (9th Edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival), he received the Wojtek Siudmak Award 2008 for the cover illustration of Pierre Dubois’s book “Comptines Assassines“.
In 2009, the jury of Spectrum 16, in Kansas City, has given special recognition for superior achievement to artists in each of eight categories. Silver Award for Book Illustration has been given to Jean-Baptiste Monge.
He was also presented the Art&Fact Award 2009 for his entire work by James Gurney “Dinotopia“, during the Utopiales (10th Edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival). The jury of Spectrum 19, in Kansas City, also gave to Jean-Baptiste Monge the Golden Award for Editorial.
- Halloween (with Erlé Ferronnière), 1997
- Baltimore & Redingote (with texts of Pascal Moguérou), 1999
- À la Recherche de Féerie – Τome I (with Erlé Ferronnière), 2002
- À la Recherche de Féerie – Τome II (with Erlé Ferronnière), 2004
- Carnet de Croquis, archives de Féerie – Tome I, 2006
- Celtic Faeries (prefaced by Pierre Dubois), 2007
- L’Univers des Dragons, Premiers Feux (collective work, contribution for texts and illustrations), 2007
- Carnet de Croquis, archives de Féerie – Tome II (new images of Féerie along with unpublished works on Heroic Fantasy), 2008
- Best of Faeries (portfolio including 15 images (30x40cm) ready for framing – 5 never published before -, selected among his best illustrations), 2008
- L’Univers des Dragons, Deuxième Souffle (collective work, contribution for illustrations), 2008
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