Friday, 10 October 2014

October Nude

Last week's model. She was just great. 
I started posting drawings on Tumblr here, where updates should be more frequent. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Balade du soir, bonsoir

The last times that I took my cat out for a walk in the garden, I sketched the weeds in the grass. 
It's very relaxing. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Troll Fishing

This is my participation to James Gurney's contest
This hyperactive genius noticed a "troll caught" label on a tuna can, and here we are, after a month of boat-troll-fishing brainstorming. I learned a lot during that month.

All the entries can be visible here, along with the beautiful winning illustrations. 
Here are some preliminary sketches and process shots. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Imaginary portrait

I did this one afternoon in June, using charcoal for once. 
And crappy paper too.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Drawings - WIP

Here are three drawings I did earlier this week. They began as doodles and evolved into something else. I'm not sure how to go on with the color, because I don't think that the paper I used will appreciate watercolor. And I'm not extremely fond of tracing paper either.

I know you can't stand this suspense, but be strong. 
I'll be back with some solutions (hopefully) to this conundrum.  
Have a great Thursday !

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Necropolis of me

Another trip to the non-existant lands today !
For this journey, I thought about all the facades that we wear everyday, one for each social occasion, and the ones that we use to lie to ourselves. 

Do not hesitate to share your own reactions in the comment, 
I'd be curious to know what the image might evoke to you. 

The first journey and accompanying statement are here

Some details : 

And the initial sketch and study :

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sketchbook July

I'm trying to keep an active sketchbook since the end of June. Early July was very successful, I managed to draw every day for almost two weeks. It's not always easy to find the time if you have a day job like I do. What I think is the best strategy is to have a scheduled drawing time. For instance, I went to a garden most evenings after work to draw. 
The hardest is always to start. Once the pencil is on the paper, you're gone ...

Friday, 25 July 2014

My winter tree

- In July's sketchbook -

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Journey #4

This fourth page is maybe the one I like best yet. 
That might be related to the fact that I had a model to start with, but I think i'ts more about the comforting message I am trying to send to myself. Something like it's ok to grow old, it's also ok to fear death, your own or the death of others, as long at it pushes you to live a better life. It's also about empathy, obviously. 

You might notice that the shortcut is leading nowhere at the moment. The next journey is still under construction...

For the first journey and statement, go here

Friday, 18 July 2014

Journey #3

This is what you find behind the third door. 
After the jungle and the imaginary gallery, time to explore this strange moonlit river. 

As for the first door, I'm not entirely happy of the lightning. My greatest critic (my sister) said that the image was too flat... and she's right of course. I might try to arrange this in the future. I'm just not sure how to proceed at the moment. Any advice for this one ?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Journey #2

Second page of the journey. First page and statement are here
Can you guess where the next door will take us ?
(there is a clue, remember ?)

It would be awesome to have a wall covered with my favorite paintings 
and illustrations (the originals, of course... ). 
I would stay there for hours until my eyes pop out.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Journey #1

Here is the first page of a book-project that I began in May. This was my personal project for the illustration class at the Edinburgh College of Art. I finished page 4 a few weeks ago, so you'll see more in the coming weeks, as well as research sketches. The statement :

When I was about 6 years old, I remember playing with a friend at school at “opening doors”. We imagined ourselves being in this massive, medieval castle, full of dark corridors, passages and hidden doors. We took turns at opening doors, and described what we would find inside. Usually it was piles of stuff, like a room full of books, or shelves overflowing with glittering jewels or candy.

About twenty years later, I wanted to go back to the castle and open doors again. The building is more immaterial now, only the doors remain. I find myself travelling to strange landscapes, and eager to open the next portal to see where it will take me. Some places are simple comforts for bad days. Others are therapeutic illustrations to help me cope with questions such as growing old, illness or sadness. Each page is also an exploration of medium, composition and color.

I hope that you will find the journey worthwhile.

Each page is cut out so that you can have a sneak peak into the next page. You can see it as secret passages or shortcuts. Go for a hide and seek game, and get lost in the maze !