Folco’s Birth – Page 22

Mr Samson can’t stop his background trip… That’s an occasion to give some explanations about good old times Ravanetta’s boats and kids 🙂



Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 22 »

WIP – Graphite Artifact – The Waves

Newly started graphite artifact !

That fresh start is welcome while fighting with small details on more advanced projects, like « the Diagnosis Tree ».



Plus… « WIP – Graphite Artifact – The Waves »

Folco’s Birth – Page 21

Of course, that wonderful past, full of small hidden gardens, described last time, couldn’ last… Otherwise, well, it wouldn’t be in the past… Obviously, mmh ? 😀

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 21 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 20

Next page !

Let’s explore a bit of the island’s past with Samson’s memories.

I’ve found some pleasure at working on this, one even if it was a tough start confronted to the blank page.

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 20 »

VIDEO – Trying to share some of my favorite tips with graphite drawing :)

Hello 🙂

I’ve spent these last days figuring out how to share some tips about my way to work with graphite, only to discover I couldn’t put any words on this topic.

Plus… « VIDEO – Trying to share some of my favorite tips with graphite drawing 🙂 »

Digital rework of an Original : « Artefact-03 – The Time Compass »

Let’s go with a new post about digital conversion of original drawing. 🙂

Cliquer ici pour la version française

I already posted a first try on this one, but to my mind, the lattest version wasn’t satisfying, hence I reworked it to get something a bit more linked to my orignal idea.

Plus… « Digital rework of an Original : « Artefact-03 – The Time Compass » »

WIP – Graphite Artifact – « The Diagnosis Tree »

Hello everybody, with a new Graphite Artifact !

cliquer ici pour la version française.
Plus… « WIP – Graphite Artifact – « The Diagnosis Tree » »

Folco’s Birth – Page 19

New page incoming in Folco’s Birth scratchy story !

It was an interesting one to work on, trying to give some expressivity to characters and a bit of ambience while keeping a quick spontaneous sketchy style.

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 19 »

From Original To Displate : « The Subridere Concept »

Hello everyone !

>> version française <<

Finally a new post after a few weeks with no online activity, as I didn’t have anything really interesting to share. I still worked on a few things, and here’s one of them : a new digital conversion of one of my graphite drawings.

Tired to deal with my old camera’s limitations, I recently decided to acquire a new one. The photo part of the work being the one I enjoy the least, this simplifies by a lot my drawing’s digital conversions. 🙂

For a first try at making a new displate poster, I played a bit with GIMP, Krita, and ArtRage on a small format drawing I already posted, initally titled « Dehumanized », providing it with some contrast and color effects.

Plus… « From Original To Displate : « The Subridere Concept » »

Folco’s Birth – Page 18

Hello everyone, with a new sketchy-scratchy page of our little story !

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 18 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 17

Hello 🙂

New page !

Two weeks between posts instead of three ! I’m on the right trend ! 😀

I’m still struggling with that slow paced rythm, due to a mix of lack of energy and motivation that let me easily derailed by outter distractions… And these ones never lack :p

Anyways : here comes the lattest page of Folco’s Birth.

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 17 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 16

Hello everyone !

Finally ! I’ve found some quiet time to spend at working on Folco’s story.

I didn’t expect how difficult it would be to get back into the story after this three-weeks break, and the page’s content suffered from this.

Anyways, the machine needed to be restarted, and I’m sure that delaying this post even more for quality sake wouldn’t have helped moving forward.

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 16 »

Original to Displate conversions.

Hello !

(aller à la version française)

Some time ago, comments from some Steemit members to my previous posts made me interested in approaches I had previously ignored or neglected, such as the sale of copies of my work.


Plus… « Original to Displate conversions. »

Folco’s Birth – Page 15

Boooooh ! Only one page today !

That’s my self-overconfidence’s price on this one : after the last week full-of-women page, I was pretty sure this new one would’nt be too difficult to deal with.

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 15 »

Projets en cours / Ongoing projects

Folco’s Birth

Buts : Création d’un ebook BD gratuit et utilisation de la BD comme moyen d’apprentissage de nouvelles approches.

Pour l’instant la BD et les articles liés sont rédigés en anglais. Je prévois une traduction dès la dernière page atteinte, mais la priorité est à la construction du fil  narratif.

Goals : Creating a free comic ebook and using comics as a learning tool for new technical approaches

A French translation will come when last page will be reached, but for now I’ve made the choice to prioritize the narrative path.

Artefacts Graphites

Projet à moyen/long terme.

But : créer un univers graphique cohérent et l’ouvrir à une éventuelle exposition publique.

Mariage de dessin au graphite, de bois, et de peinture acrylique.

Il s’agit ici d’explorer une forme d’abstraction et de surréalisme, fortement teintée d’univers Steampunk.

Medium to long term project.

Goal :  building a coherent graphical universe and open it to possible public exhibition.

Mixing graphite drawing, wood, and acrylic painting.

Exploring some specific form of abstraction and surrealism, heavily steampunk oriented.

Folco’s Birth – Pages 13 and 14

Hello ! 

Not the most productive week I ever had, but I’m happy I could finally work on these pages before the weekend. 

Until a few hours ago I was pretty sure there would only be one posted today. 

Bastingueurs - dead mother
Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Pages 13 and 14 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 11 and 12

Hello everyone !

Today : Two more pages in Folco’s story.

I had some hope to reach the point where finally we’d know why the bald man and his friend Samson were looking for Folco…

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 11 and 12 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 09 and 10

Hello, People !

Hear ye, hear ye!

Here are the next couple of pages of Folco Coregliano’s story !

But before : some personal boring thoughts

(No, you can’t skip that…  No… Hey ! Don’t even… 😀 )

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 09 and 10 »

5am Abstraction wanderings

ENGLISH Version on steemit.com

Un montage video de ces séances matinales de dessin, de 5h à 7h hors weekend…  Travail abstrait, histoire d’exploiter la brume dans laquelle baigne ma cervelle au réveil :p
Au passage, quelques expérimentations vidéos, avec une recherche d’ambiance rétro.

Musique : DJ QUADS / Fun Times – SOUND CLOUD

Initialement posté en anglais sur la plateforme décentralisée https://d.tube via http://steemit.com 

 

Folco’s Birth – Page 07 and 08

Really, Your Honor ? Did I say I planned to put more than two pages per post last time ?

With all the honest sincerity that genuinely perspire from all my skin pores, I truly can’t remember !

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 07 and 08 »

Framed ! The wrecked painting’s framing attempt :) (EN/FR)

Hello everybody 🙂

Bonjour Tout le monde 🙂

Let’s come back to that framing attempt I planned last time on a multi panel drawing.

Retour sur cette tentative d’encadrement que j’avais prévue la dernière fois sur un dessin réalisé sur plusieurs panneaux.

Cette image a un attribut alt vide ; le nom du fichier est thumb.png

Plus… « Framed ! The wrecked painting’s framing attempt 🙂 (EN/FR) »

Folco’s Birth – Page 05 and 06

Our little story is going on !



Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 05 and 06 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 03 and 04

Hello !

Today, a bit of progress in Folco’s short story with two more pages.

If you missed them : you can jump to the Previous pages .

Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 03 and 04 »

Folco’s Birth – Page 01 and 02 – Musing with sketchy comic style

Hello everybody 🙂


Since that little comic strip posted a few days ago, I’ve tried to keep up with this kind of approach.

I’ve never been inclined at working on complete comic book, and won’t pretend to, but that sketchy raw black and white little story from last time has triggered in me some new interest that I want to explore a  bit more.

So, I decided to test that black-and-white-sketchy-raw storyboard style on something a bit more complex than a quick funny strip.
Plus… « Folco’s Birth – Page 01 and 02 – Musing with sketchy comic style »

The Chaos Bird. A painting from the unnamed room !

Hello, people !


This afternoon, still working at framing my current work, I was looking for planks and wooden strips in that messy room that I call…

…That I call…

Well, I don’t call it.

It’s the room with no name, the one with the closed door, the one nobody see in my home.

Plus… « The Chaos Bird. A painting from the unnamed room ! »

Wrecked ! Fallen painting, repairs, and a comic strip in bonus :)

 

Nice way to start a week, don’t you think ? 😀

Plus… « Wrecked ! Fallen painting, repairs, and a comic strip in bonus 🙂 »

Sketchbook – Pointillism #6 – Carnet de croquis – Pointillisme N°6

Hello! / Bonjour !

A new page from the sketchbook:

This sixth one started as some kind of little sort-of-a-gargoyle-styled creature, but has expanded in something… which is not a gargoyle-styled thing.

Work has been interrupted by some unexpected coffee spilling, but hopefully, only a corner of that page was hit, the rest of the sketchbook is safe.

Une nouvelle page du carnet croquis :

Cette sixième à commencé par ressembler à une espèce de chose un rien « gargouillesque », mais qui s’est répandue sur la page pour devenir quelque chose… qui n’est pas une espèce de chose un rien « gargouillesque ».

Le travail a été interrompu par une coulée de café surprise, mais heureusement seul un coin de cette page a été touché. Le reste du carnet est sauf 🙂

Plus… « Sketchbook – Pointillism #6 – Carnet de croquis – Pointillisme N°6 »

The Rooted Ones / Les Enracinés – WIP 2

EN

Hello ! 

Here’s the next part of our sort-of-a-diptych 🙂

I spent some time trying to figure out a nice way to frame these two small panels together. What’s follow is a placeholder, waiting for my skills to become better at making something… well… better. 😀

I didn’t have great expectations in my ability to build something perfect, so I took this occasion as it was : like an empirical learning experience, involving foamboard, cardboard, cutters, glue, and Gesso…

FR

Bonjour !

Voici la suite de notre espèce de diptyque:)

J’ai passé un peu de temps à essayer de trouver une belle façon d’encadrer ces deux petits panneaux ensemble. Finalement, ce qui suit est un bouche-trou, en attendant que mes compétences s’améliorent pour faire quelque chose… heu… d’amélioré 😀

Je n’avais pas de grandes attentes quant à ma capacité à construire quelque chose de parfait, alors j’ai profité de cette occasion pour en tirer quelques apprentissages, à la bonne vieille méthode empirique, le tout impliquant du carton, des cutters, de la colle, et du Gesso…

Plus… « The Rooted Ones / Les Enracinés – WIP 2 »

The « Trying to sell paintings on Ebay » experiment – Season 1 – Episode 2

Hello!

(This follows this post)
It’s time to make a small observation point, a week after I published my three Ebay ads.

(Aller à la version française)

Plus… « The « Trying to sell paintings on Ebay » experiment – Season 1 – Episode 2″

B.O.A.R. – Beast Of Anger & Rage

Once upon a time…

…There were these people, guided by an extinguishable will to understand and control Imaginary Lands’s chaos. 

They started to gather bits and scraps of anything, out there, that could be ruled, handled, and manipulated.

Plus… « B.O.A.R. – Beast Of Anger & Rage »

New personal experience and feelings: to price my work, and to put them on sale.

Hello!

Here come a rather long post (sorry, sorry, sorry ! 😀 ) to share an ongoing experience and the feeling that goes with it.

This is a feeling that I had not anticipated, but that I feel with enough strength to devote a little analysis to it: stage fright.

(Cliquer ici pour la version française.)

Plus… « New personal experience and feelings: to price my work, and to put them on sale. »

If drawing was like driving a car, then painting would be like flying an helicopter…

Originaly posted on Steemit

  Hello Steemians !:)

After a few days struggling with painting, I wanted to share some weird thoughts on the topic, inspired by the chaotic evolution of a piece shown below 🙂

Plus… « If drawing was like driving a car, then painting would be like flying an helicopter… »

[EN] Graphite Artifact – « The Osprey »

Collection :  Graphite Artifacts 2018

WIP

Graphite on Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

Prepared with Gesso

length:40cm – width:5.5cm – depth:0.7cm 

[cliquer ici pour la Version FR]


Plus… « [EN] Graphite Artifact – « The Osprey » »

[EN]Creative Destruction (2) : Mutations !

[French Version]

Re-connection :

Holidays : terminated 🙁

Back to work : assimilated…

Need to test out technical stuff, away from any form of network : fulfilled.

Result : nothing came out that was worth sharing, but, that was still a good personal learning 🙂

During these last weeks, I’ve still continued working on the last drawing I’ve posted Destructive Creativity, with more color tests, overlay of Gesso, acrylic binder, and other random experiments.

Plus… « [EN]Creative Destruction (2) : Mutations ! »

Graphite Artifact : The Rune House / timelapse

See the original post here on Steemit.

RuneHouse.jpg
I won’t be able to write the next part of Wanderings in Imaginary Lands this week : a bit too busy.

Instead, here’s the timelapse of a graphite artifact made these last two days : the « Rune House », abstract graphite drawing on wooden tablet, playing spontaneously with lines and angles and ending with some northern-runic-shaped symbols, hence the title.

The tablet had some previous collage on which I’ve put layer of gesso. I’ve left raw vertical brush strokes, wondering if I could get some sort of « interlaced » effect. Not sure yet if that would work : acrylic blender still drying while I type this 🙂

Have fun and take care of yourselves,people ! 😉

 


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Wandering in Imaginary Lands PART II – Improvised drawings and an improvised story to link them all.

From the Dudes Farm to the Moon House : following Will-to-Evade’s right into troubles.

Hello !

Last time we saw how my unreliable companion, Will-To-Evade, left me alone in Imaginary Lands, right in front of a strange structure freshly appeared from nowhere.

I wasn’t really feeling comfortable while looking at that house… And even less now I realized how high in the skies that thing was standing… That moon symbol should have alerted me.

Imaginary lands always tend to make distance perception a bit sketchy… Goals reveal themselves to be always farther than you’d thought at first glance, and – of course – obstacles a lot closer.

The Moon House was sitting at the top of what seemed to be a much longer and higher pillar than I first thought.

No, really…

I didn’t want to climb that…

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see any way to leave that place without my good old silly Will-to-Evade. It seemed I was programmed like that.

So, finding that little pest was now my top priority. And last time I did see it, it was running down there…

Yes… So far away.

I had to walk some time before reaching the foot of that tower. Each step was making myself a bit more uncomfortable.
That good old ground that was sustaining our last time met twisted trees was now supporting a crazy structure. I could have swore its roots were from a the same kind of our tree friends.

But what kind of madness did take control of its growth ?

Anyways… With that door up there, it looked like it could be an entry to the Moon House.

« Eye(open) »

What ? Who said that ? I was standing still, petrified.

« Invalid argument »

The voice sounded mechanical.

That was coming from the structure.

Heart beating hard, I hid observing the insane building and its logic.

A constant flow of passive sitting human dudes was incoming, a few individuals were regularly picked-up by  mechanical claws and then replaced by other dudes.

Screw that Moon House !

I’d never enter that horrific Dudes Farm !

No way !

I’d just have to find Will-To-Evade, and go back home…

Wait… what was that ?

« What are you doing ?! Don’t go there ! »

Will’s blurry silhouette was running right into troubles… And once more I couldn’t prevent myself to follow the same path

I started to run after Will, shouting « Stoop ! »

« eye(Target) »

The mechanical voice was the the last thing I heard before something hit me hard…

A last memory of the whole crazy place faded to black behind my blind eyes.


blinking…

I didn’t really know where I was lying now, but I was feeling some presence. Close.

« Mouth2(smile) » said the mechanical voice

 

Oh, freaky crap !

Back to darkness…

« Eye(Open) », said the mechanical voice.

No, no, no, no ! Not open !

How would that thing say ? « Eye(close) ! » and even : « Eye(close, close, close, and close !) »

« Invalid argument. »

Fuck you ! Back to darkness !

More comfortable !

« Agreed ! » agreed Will- to-Evade, lying next to me.

Finally, we were both reunited, facing the worst thing we’d ever had to flee from.


But… (take your breath)

… that will be… (do you feel the suspens ?)

…for the still unknown, unwritten and mostly not designed next part of this weird story ! 😉


Thanks for reading, folks 🙂

That was some good fun, even if I have met some problems due to bad support choice while drawing. Lesson taught : I’ll know what not to do for the next part.
That said, I must admit that I’m a bit scared by how to handle what’s to come…

Because…
Weirdness is coming !

again.

 

Farewell, and have Fun !

Wandering in Imaginary Lands [part 1] / Improvising a short story, based on improvised drawings.

Connection… Online

Check…

Hello !

First : apologizing for the lack of online activity these last weeks.
Some computer illness, commonly know as a Failed Windows Update, that had to be treated with extreme Linux medication, prevented any productive use of technology during these days.

One good thing with this kind of messy times : my will to get away from them didn’t last long before showing up… I usually see this personal trend to evade responsibilities as something rather nasty, but sometimes, this old poisonous friend shows itself as a good fellow. That’s why I’ll give that part of myself a bit of independent personality and the ability to bring us in short improvised story. (disclaimer : English isn’t my native language, therefore I apologize for any language mistake that could survive to my different correction attempts 😉 )

So… That good old Will-To-Evade-Reality and I took a short walk again in Imaginary lands.

Last time we went there, we found an unusual place : a place where there were none of the mechanical structures I’m used to find, but only a nude twisted tree. (see : The Yellowish Twisted Woodsman).

The eventuality that other weird trees specimens could grow in these parts of Imaginary Lands made me curious… Will-to-Evade (let’s call it like that) followed with some enthusiasm and we let my graphite pen wander there again for a while…

It didn’t take long before graphite strokes made the thing twist out of the blank wooden tablet.

 

Was it a tree or some aggregated roots, maybe some other kind of creature ?

I couldn’t say, but the thing was looking like it was trying to show me a direction… Even if it wasn’t the prettiest being I’ve ever met in Imaginary Lands, I couldn’t feel any form of fear nor danger emanating from it.

Without a word, we left it there.

Will-To-Evade made me follow the indicated way on which we met the Yellowish Twisted Woodman, still frozen in its eternal tortured stance. Like its rooted cousin, no luck at trying to have a talk. Imaginary Lands make trees look strange, but don’t make them be great speakers.

Though a bit confused and wondering if we hadn’t misunderstood the first tree’s sign, we decided  to continue on our imaginary walk.

Farewell silent friends !


Will-to-Evade and I wandered a while, until we were surrounded by blank space…

Nothing everywhere or maybe nowhere… I’m not sure… Everything was white

Like a child facing a blank wall, I felt that urge to mark my territory with a few random pen strokes. It was like a way to shout « I was First to Be Here » at the next wanderer who’d get lost in that emptiness.

And as soon as I had done this, the void was broken, something started to emerge from that initial movement.

 

That was a strange place…  Never been here before this day.  I was sure now the first twisted tree had shared with us some untold  Imaginary Land’s  secret.

My eagerness to reach that structure made me hurry a bit too much. Enough for Imaginary Lands, being unstable by nature, to made it fade and vanish under a new white layer before I could reach it.

I had wanted to shout in disappointment : « No ! », but the Lands  didn’t give me any time to do so.

Cling !

Clang !

Those heavy sounds, in my mind !

Typical songs of mechanical lined and curved graphite artifacts populating Imaginary Lands…

I stared at Will-To-Evade : « We walked to far away, we lost what we were looking for. »

Will shrugged and started to walk away.

Even here, it Will was evading.

« I’ll make you bring me there again », did I promise while that untrusty bastard was leaving me alone.

Of course, while my Will-to-Evade was fleeing away, I was willing to stay more than ever.

The mechanical song was closer now : Right in front of me, a new house was being built out – pretty quickly – from nowhere.

Each line, each curve was acting like a support or a resistance for its closest neighbor, making the whole structure resilient to Imaginary Lands’ insane instability.

Now it was here, strange clinging building, simply waiting to be visited.

What’s inside, my pen didn’t tell me completely yet… All I could briefly see, was some kind of creature parts, half clinging, half organic.

Would I be bold enough to try to find my way insight that crazy structure ?
Not sure…
And even less sure knowing that my good old sneaky Will-to-Evade could come back and catch me away from this

And even less sure knowing that my good old sneaky Will-to-Evade could come back and catch me away from this area of Imaginary Lands.

To be continued…

 

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That’s all for now, fellows !

I must say I had fun at trying to build some kind of narrative link between these unrelated drawings.
Even if that’s not great literature, I’ve enjoyed mixing spontaneous writing based on spontaneous drawing.
This experiment was unexpectedly fulfilling.

I hope you liked as much as I had fun.

Take care and farewell, people 🙂

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Miniaturism, pointillism : To infinity and beyond !

Hello !

Today : a bit of thinking while drawing…

And if…

…And if life was a trip to infinity…

Would Art be the window allowing us to watch landscapes during that trip ?

 

Infinity is wide, and everywhere.You’d had to pick a direction first.

You could go for Large and Big !

Go Gigantic, starting by painting room walls, then seeking for larger surfaces, decorating whole buildings, tagging skyscrappers or even photoshouting the world from mountain tops…

then…
Well..

You’d go on, as close as possible of your tools and universe’s limits

That’s a way…

 

But you could also go for Small and Tiny,

As would do macro-photographers, collecting large visions of a microscopical world.

As would do simple graphic dudes with a simple pen, filling sketch books, exploring that narrow blank space in the corner of a page, trying to get closer and closer to that macro world inside their own mind, always looking for a way to get that finiest line or these tiny dots, that’ll help depicting unknown creatures and territories from infinite lands…

…And…
…Make them as wide as possible…
…As wide and dense as your hugely tiny universe’s limits.

 

Welcome on board of the miniaturism, pointillism, sketching and doodling train,

on departure to Infinity,

via the tiniest way. !

That’s all for today !
Have fun, and, either in tiny worlds or huge ones : explore your abilities !

(All post’s pictures : (c)Berien 2005-2018)

FR/EN Abstraction et signification. (Abstraction’s meanings)

FRANCAIS

« Qu’est-ce que ça représente ? Qu’est-ce que ça signifie ? »

Voilà bien le type de question qui m’embarrasse quand on me la pose au sujet de mes abstraits…
Elle m’embarrasse surtout parce qu’elle n’a pas vraiment de réponse.
(Mais j’avoue : ça me ravit de savoir qu’on puisse se faire des nœuds au cerveau pour en trouver une.)

Pour être objectif, la dernière chose à laquelle je pense quand je me lance dans un abstrait, c’est à sa signification.

Dès lors qu’une intention, un sujet ou un message entre dans la réalisation, ce qui arrive fréquemment, je commence à quitter l’abstraction pour virer vers le figuratif ou l’illustration.

L’abstrait est une des bases de mon travail : l’évasion un rien méditative pendant le travail, la spontanéité, le hasard, les facteurs externes et tous ces petits brins de chaos qui viennent s’inviter sur les premières couches vont déterminer l’évolution et la finalisation du tableau. L’évolution se fait de manière organique, se transforme et mute au fil des heures et gré de tous ces éléments..

Ce n’est que lorsque des formes évocatrices se cristallisent dans la mouvance, à l’instar de celles qu’on aperçoit parfois dans les nuages, que je commence à prendre les guides et à orienter le travail jusqu’à trouver un équilibre entre Chaos et Contrôle.

On pourrait considérer qu’il s’agit d’une d’illustration au processus de création inversé : on lâche prise, on laisse le tableau délivrer son propre message, et quand il n’en a pas, il devient un support d’expérimentation libre, permettant de se confronter ,sans pression ni ennui, à des techniques diverses : composition, mouvement, couleur, texture…

Ok, mais finalement, qu’est-ce que ça représente, et qu’est-ce que ça signifie ?
Je dirais que ça représente un instantané figé de tout ce qui a pu se produire durant la création du tableau sous le coup d’influences extérieures ou intérieures, combiné l’état actuel de mes compétences, et que ça signifie simplement qu’il me reste beaucoup à apprendre…

ENGLISH

« What does it represent? What does that mean? »That’s the kind of question that embarrasses me when asked about my abstract paintings.
It embarrasses me especially because it doesn’t really have an answer.

To be objective, the last thing I’d think about when working on an abstract painting is its meaning.
As soon as an intention, a subject or a message enters into the realisation, which happens frequently, I start to leave abstraction to turn towards figurative or illustration.

Abstraction is one of the bases of my work: meditative evasion during the work, with its spontaneity, randomness, and small strands of Chaos inviting themselves on the first layers will determine the evolution and the finalization of the painting.
Evolution is done in an organic way, changing and mutating hour after hour under all these elements influence.

It is only when evocative forms crystallize in the movement, like those we sometimes see in the clouds, that I begin to take the guides and direct the work until I find a balance between Chaos and Control.

One could consider that it is an illustration’s reversed creation process: let the painting deliver its own message, and when it doesn’t, let it simply become a support of free experimentation, allowing to test, without pressure or boredom, various techniques: composition, movement, color, texture….

Okay, but finally, what does that mean, and what does it mean?
I would say that it represents a frozen snapshot of everything that could have happened during the painting’s creation under external or internal influences, combined with the current state of my skills, and that it simply means that I still have a lot to learn…

The Crow’s Nest / (final) / Le Nid-de-pie

The Crow’s Nest

One of these spontaneous illustrations, born of a desire to escape, which embarks the designer in an unexpected ride, far far from what he could consciously imagine.

Each stroke adds details the boat that transports him.

Perched at the top of his imaginary ship, drifting in an intangible ocean eager to overwhelm him, the dreamer watches for debris of reality to hook on.

A last stroke of pencil …

A slight paint wash.

And here’s the already old memory of an imaginary journey.

Le Nid-de-pie

Une de ces illustrations spontanées, née d’une envie d’évasion, qui embarque le dessinateur dans une balade imprévue, loin très loin de ce qu’il aurait pu consciemment imaginer.

Trait après trait se détaille le bâtiment qui le transporte.

Perché tout au sommet de son navire imaginaire, à la dérive dans un océan intangible ne demandant qu’à le submerger, le rêveur guette, en quête de débris de réalité auxquels se raccrocher.

Un dernier coup de crayon…
Un léger travail de peinture.
Et voici le souvenir déjà ancien d’un voyage imaginaire.

autre éclairage / different lighting

La Souriante – The Smiling One

Graphite sur papier, encollé sur bois et sous lavis de peinture acrylique.

De retour sur le thème de la Fin…
Back on Ending topic…

Non pas en tant que sujet du dessin, mais plutôt à propos de cette inaptitude à déclarer un travail fini, alors qu’il pourrait l’être depuis longtemps.
Not as the drawing’s theme, but rather about this inaptitude to declare a work as completed when it could have been a long time ago.

La Souriante en est le parfait exemple : dessin demandé par un ami, dans l’optique de servir de modèle à un tatouage. Le travail a vite atteint un rendu acceptable, mais me laissait cet arrière-goût de « Je peux faire mieux ! »
The Smiling One is one these. Design commissionned by a friend, with a view to act as a tattoo model. Work has quickly an acceptable stage, but was leaving this « I can do better » aftertase…

C’était il y a… 3 ans ?
Je l’ai encore sous les yeux au moment d’écrire ceci.

It’s been… 3 years ?
I stil have it in my sight when typing this.

Y apportant une petite touche ici, puis là, au fil du temps. Aux oubliettes, le projet de tatouage qui motivait les coups de crayon. La chose est devenue un collage sur bois, immergée sous quelques couches translucides et ultra liquides de peinture acrylique.
Bringing over time a small touch here, then there. The tattoo project that motivated the pencil strokes was forgotten by then. The thing became a collage on wood, immersed under a few translucent and ultra-liquid layers of acrylic paint.

Je sais maintenant que toute retouche supplémentaire n’irait pas dans le sens d’une amélioration mais bel et bien de la destruction.
I now know that any additional editing would’nt aim at any form of improvement but rather at destruction.
La destruction : le vrai point final de mon process de création.
Destruction: my creative process’s genuine final touch.

Allez…
Come on…
Offrons donc à la Souriante une bonne raison d’être joyeuse.
Let’s give The Smiling One a reason to be joyful.
Une grosse inspiration…
One deep breath…
… Et une bonne couche de vernis.
… And a generous varnish layer.
Cette fois on vise la préservation, parce qu’à la Fin je serai celui qui sourit.
This time we’ll aim at preservation, because at the Ending I’ll be the smiling one.

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WIP – Le Blotti / Snuggled

Blotti :  il est là, engoncé dans les détails qui l’entourent, immobile et figé, peut-être apeuré à l’idée d’être découvert. Et pourtant l’imaginaire l’a débusqué puis modelé à partir des glyphes abstraits qui étaient censés à eux seuls recouvrir la surface de ce tableau.

Snuggled : It’s there, engulfed in surrounding details, standing still and frozen, maybe frightened of being discovered. And yet, Imagination has flushed and then modeled it out of abstract glyphs that were solely supposed to cover the surface of this drawing.

 

  • Medium :  Dessin au crayon graphite avec légère coloration acrylique (en cours)
    (Graphite pencil drawing with light acrylic coloring (in progress))
  • Dimensions : 45/63cm sans châssis ni cadre (No frame)
  • Support : Plaque de bois aggloméré, couche de Gesso et sous-couche acrylique.
    (chipboard, Gesso layer and acrylic underlayment.)

 

EN/FR – Steemit, Steempress, blogging…

This post has several small personal goals.

First… technical test :  Steempress.

Testing SteemPress plugin and its ability to insert your personal blog into the Steem blockchain.
While I type this, I’m not sure yet if it will work… Maybe should I press the « Publish » Button before writing more of this…  but… Naaah.
If it has to fail, it will fail fully :p

Second… Steemit.

As I’ve recently discovered Steemit, I’ve met an undercovered, enthusiactic and rejuvenating community, wide openend to a large type of member profiles, all different, but having in common this positive hunger for quality content. As a newcomer, a Minnow, there’s the feeling of something big there, growing in energy, creativity and strenght, the feeling these are shared with you, and the feeling you have to share them back.

Not sure if I’ve met this with other social media yet, but I really love this feeling ! I’ll wait a bit though before writting more indepth and objectively on the topic.

 

Third… English and French version in a same post ?

I’m French and I haven’t used English since a long time, at least for redactional puprpose.
I’ll propably make mistakes, invent words that don’t exist, but I want to get used to type my posts in both languages, which I find very difficult right now : each language offers its own way to express ideas, and I’m not comfortable at pure translation.
I don’t plan to type long texts of this kind very often, but post lenght will be a problem.
Will I have to separate clearly both in order to keep a clear design ?
Maybe.

 

Anyways… Sorry for this monolgue :  time to test Steempress !
3, 2, 1 -> clicking on Publish Button ! Bye !


version FR, (réadaptation du texte, quelques différences)

Ce post a plusieurs petits objectifs personnels.
Le premier… Test technique : Steempress.

Tester le plugin WordPress Steempress et sa capacité à insérer son blog perso dans la Blockchain Steem.
Je ne suis vraiment pas certain que cela fonctionne au moment où j’écris ceci. On verra bien : même pas peur !

Le deuxième… Steemit.

Ma curiosité pour les cryptomonnaies m’a fait récemment mettre un pied dans le réseau social Steemit. Le concept d’une espèce de reddit pouvant rémunérer les posts et les commentaires m’a interpellé, j’avoue :p
Mais finalement, on passera sur l’aspect rémunérateur : après une semaine d’activité, ce n’est pas ce qui m’aura le plus marqué…
En découvrant Steemit, j’y ai surtout rencontré une communauté relativement discrète, mais rafraîchissante d’enthousiasme, largement ouverte à toutes sortes de profils, tous différents mais avec en commun cette soif de positive de partage de contenu de bonne qualité. En tant que nouveau venu – un Minnow – on ressent là-dedans quelque chose de vaste, qui grandit en énergie, en créativité et en force, propageant ces trois éléments  parmi ses membres, qui à leur tour se les partagent.
Je ne suis pas certain d’avoir déjà rencontré ce sentiment sur les autres réseaux sociaux, mais j’aime vraiment cette sensation. Je vais tout de même attendre d’avoir digéré l’effet de nouveauté avant de revenir sur le sujet plus en détail.

Le troisième… Français et Anglais dans le même post ?

Je suis Français et je n’ai pas utilisé l’anglais depuis longtemps, en tout cas pas dans une optique rédactionnelle.
Mais je compte m’habituer à saisir mes posts dans les deux langues, ce que je trouve assez difficile, chacune ayant sa manière d’exprimer les idées et n’étant pas moi-même à l’aise en matière de traduction. Il y aura donc des différences dans la forme, si ce n’est dans le propos.
Je ne compte pas pondre des pavés de ce type régulièrement, mais la longueur du post reste un problème.
J’aurais probablement à faire deux articles  séparément pour conserver un design clair et lisible.

Quoiqu’il en soit, désolé pour ce monologue ! Il est temps de tester Steempress.

3, 2 ,1 : clic sur « Publier » ! Bye !