Kicking off the year with a fresh take by deconstructing my “comfort zone” illustration style and freeing it up from lines once again. Here is to the multiple paths one can take, inspired by those who tried it before.
Illustration has been the most consistent thing I’ve done for the past 13 years. Meditation has been the other most consistent thing I’ve done for the past 8 years.
Both practice helped me so much to discover, define and shape who I am today, what I do, and how I do it. Even so, I see myself as a beginner most of the time.
A spontaneous collection of ducks is all it took to (re)trigger my obsession with illustration, again.
Duck A was born pretty small, like a cute little ball, with some sort of towel on the head like she just had a bath in the pond next door. She usually has.
Duck B was initially named Bird A, but I had some doubts about this, and I don’t do birds that much (yet). On top of being great at pretending being a bird, he usually wear a multi-layered jumper made of his personal collection of feather, accumulated over the years. Duck B is not afraid of cold ponds.
Duck C is very advanced for a duck, and can easily walk long distances between ponds thanks to her highly resistant boots.
Coming back here feels like a trip to the past. It has been that long. But I want to post at least once this year so here it is!
While real priorities required me to focus elsewhere – daddyyy! – I haven’t lost my hunger for making stuff, in less time. And so here is the latest thing I made, continuing my tradition of a song + an illustration. I’ll focus on the song.
Of course I was always going to do an illustration about my daughter born earlier this year. Oh and to write a song as well. Because that’s what I do.
Here’s the little story of how it happened.
From a project to another my goal was to find the right alchemy between a dog and a duck and some random guy stuck in the middle of a page, as it happens. This is a dive into the process of a process-less process.
Still finding my feet with my hands.
I experimented illustrating using the iPad Pro/Apple Pencil/Procreate combo for a little while now, loved the control I get over each single pixels, the natural feel of the pencil pressure, the lovely palm rejection, meaning that I can get really close to express my full sketching skillset on a digital piece of glass.
Know this by heart
Ready to start
So little resemblance, so much connection.