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 !

Friday, 11 July 2014

Black Gesso

Last month I used black gesso for my weekly life drawing.That was quite fun ! 
It was also good to try a new medium, as you don't see the same things using different techniques. 
Hope you like them. 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


In the sketchbook, lately ...

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Indian Ink

As part of my evening illustration course, we were asked to imagine a label / packaging for a product of our choice. I did two products, because I'm such a good student. 
Here is the first one for indian ink ("Encre de Chine" in French). I used the great book of Ken Hultgren for the animal references. 
So, would you buy it ?

Friday, 23 May 2014


A little message to let you know that François Place, a French illustrator and author that I greatly admire (see my post here), has finally a dedicated online presence. On this brand new website, you'll find finished illustrations as well studies and researches for his books. I warmly recommend the three "Atlas d'Orbae" books. Enjoy !

Also, if you like golden age illustration like I do, go here and support Jim Vadeboncoeur for the publication of his next issue of IMAGES. I have several issues and they are all gorgeous. This new (and maybe last) one looks very promising.

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Other people/artists that have inspired me lately :

- Jaw cooper (website)

- the involvement of Neil Gaiman in Jordan (his blog)
By the way, I booked a ticket to see his "TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS" representation in Edinburgh. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it !

- the watercolor and line work of Justin Sweet (check this video)

Have a great, creative week end !

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Mes jours mangent mes nuits *


* My days are eating my nights.