dimanche 2 septembre 2012

dimanche 26 août 2012

dimanche 19 août 2012

Oh, it's a Jev in watercolors.

Doesn't she look friendly?
Jev North - a commission for an Eve character. I drew her once before, uhm, some time ago.

samedi 18 août 2012

Corto Maltese

While many other characters in Hugo Pratt's works are fascinating to me, the two that I like the most are Corto himself, and the Voodoo priestess Gold Mouth. Hugo Pratt is one of the people whom I think really shouldn't be dead.

dimanche 5 août 2012

La tourine!

Being in holiday is fantastic: it gives one more time to draw! I spent one week in the Tourine, which is officially the most awesome place ever. I got to spend time with some great people I'd barely met before, and I'm grateful for that.

<- That's Alice, who is without doubt a cat. She didn't let me come closer than 5 meters from her during the whole stay. I am still struggling with a deep feeling of rejection. Sniff.

I have a definitive crush for the Loire area. The blue slate roofs, the white walls made of tuffeau. There's a timeless feel to each village there.

.. And here's Lili, the cutest kitten ever - and very much aware of that fact.

Thanks again to my uncles for their welcome, and to my little cousins for being awesome!

dimanche 8 juillet 2012

The Dutch Series -1. The Weather.

Whoever plans to move to a new country does a lot of reading, a lot of internet browsing, and a lot of asking around. When I moved to the Netherlands, I heard and read quite a few things about the country and its people- some I later found  to be true, some not. To celebrate my 4th year in this flat country, I have decided to review a few of these preconcieved ideas through my french eyes' prism. 

To introduce the series, a relatively mellow prejudice: the weather... 

dimanche 17 juin 2012

Delft, the city of little red bricks and blue porcelain.

Drawn with my precious fountain pen and Pelikan brown ink. Oh, and a water brush, and actual quality drawing paper, unlike the one used in the previous post.

samedi 2 juin 2012

A little drow

A comission for a roleplay drow character. It had been a while.

samedi 5 mai 2012

True story

And that is why you will never see me wear that white sweater anymore.

samedi 7 avril 2012


Notes: klipspringer = litteraly "rock jumper", in Afrikaans/Dutch.
Rough translation of the end song: "Forgive me if I offend you, misters from the whole of France, this song is important to me, I don't quite like hunters." Song from Mannick again.

Blijdorp is, of course, the beautiful zoo of Rotterdam- really worth the visit!

Happy easter to anyone who celebrates it!

dimanche 1 avril 2012

Fanart- Castle Waiting.

When I realized that Castle Waiting had in fact been published for years, and that I was only now discovering it, I felt a bit like arriving at a party after everyone's left.

Because it's awesome.

It's a graphic novelish series published in 2 tomes, which are quite difficult to find so I ended up with one tome in English, one in French. If you have any choice in the matter, don't read it in French. I ended up guessing most of the original jokes from the weird translation choices.

So what do fairy tale characters after the story ends? Sounds boring. Is not. Linda  Medley's art is beautiful, lively, in complete coherency with the text. If you can find it, get it.  I don't very often get so hooked on graphic novels that I keep reading and re-reading them, but I have the two volumes on my desk still now. (The other graphic novels falling in this category would be, in very different styles: Watchmen and Maus.)

Also: if I ever, ever manage to draw like this woman, I can die in peace.
Wikipedia page
Article from someone who liked it too, with some page samples.

samedi 17 mars 2012

Une vie ne vaut rien...

Listening to the news is rarely a particularly cheerful  experience, but this week has been even worse than usual. I didn't even add the latest horror story, because I heard it only after I drew this comic. Rescuing snails is my way of protesting against the ruthlesness of the world.

The title is a quote from André Malraux, "une vie ne vaut rien, mais rien ne vaut une vie" (a life isn't worth anything, but nothing is worth a life.)

vendredi 24 février 2012

vendredi 17 février 2012

Dear Esther

The Dutchguy downloaded the "game" yesterday evening, and I've simply never seen anything like it before. It's a new form of art, something between a movie, a poetry book, or a song.

Strangely enough, the Dutchguy found it completelly depressing, while I thought the ending was hopeful and liberating. I can't deny that most of the piece is completelly gloomy, however, and you should probably not "play" it if you're already feeling a little depressed. But if you're not, and if you are also vaguely contemplative by nature, then you should definitely have a look at it!

dimanche 12 février 2012

A goodbye to the cold (hopefully?)

I already knew much how the dutch liked their rivers and canals; I wasn't prepared to the feeling of general euphoria provoked by an ice coat thick enough to let people walk and ice skate on it. Last saturday, I discovered the joy of playing Jesus as the Dutchguy brought brought me to walk on the water until we could no longer feel our feet.
It felt like the whole town was on the river, too. Entiere families, snack bars, barbecues had sprouted out of nowhere on the ice. It was like discovering an entierely different town.

And that's how thick the ice was! The Swamp bubbles caught into it seemed to go down for 20 cms at least. And so pwetty.

Oh, a Dutchguy on the ice. That's also roughly when we concluded that this was entierely too cold to stay outside much longer. Brrr.

lundi 30 janvier 2012

Au Revoir Mon Soleil

"Hunting season is over. Tomorrow, I'll be hung to death in the woods."

See, at first I really thought that animal friendly organisations were exagerating  the fate of the podenco/galgos dogs in Spain- you have to, these days, to catch people's attention and get their help.  Turns out the evidence is rather overwhelming.

Now, massacring dogs happens in many countries. But in this case, they're actually bred by humans  and then killed when they are no longer useful.. And this to a massive scale.

I'm not going to give you any link; do your own research if the topic intrigues you.
For the next post I'll try to do something cute or joyful.. Promised!

(Post title from the song "Goûte moi ce soleil" from Mannick.)

mardi 24 janvier 2012

dimanche 15 janvier 2012

Sunday Cuteness.

Real scene stolen in one of these modern -sprinter-trains-without-toilets-in-them (I refer to them as such because everytime a dutch person talks about these trains, they grumble about the fact that they're no toilets in them. Apparently it's a very big deal.) 

jeudi 12 janvier 2012


I like inks. So what?
I've linked to some of my favorite songs here, here and here. Feel free to click if you'd like an example of their music.
And of course thanks to Alysia for this amazing discovery :-)

dimanche 8 janvier 2012

Mon moulin

This drawing is a metaphor for the fate of a place very dear to my heart, but also life in general. Night is falling, water level is rising, and we cling to our windmills and watch because, what else is there to do?

Drawing largely inspired by one of JM's poems, below (which I am not going to do him the insult to   translate. For the non french speakers, it speaks of a windmill that water is slowly surrounding, and how it's time to sing in it before it's entierely gone.)

Si le monde veut finir demain
J’irai attendre dans mon moulin
Que l’eau me lèche les bottes.

Si quelqu’un me rejoint
On chantera
-Jusqu’à ce que l’eau
Nous gonfle les poumons-
Des chants marins
Dans mon moulin.

La porte ne ferme plus
Chacun est bienvenu
Apportez vos histoires
Accordez vos guitares
Et vos cordes vocales
Ensemble nous chanterons
Le vent les vagues
Le ressac dans nos crânes
Des chants marins dans mon moulin.
Si le monde veut finir demain
Je t’attendrai dans mon moulin
Ne viens pas trop tard.

Mais si il fait noir
Je brûlerai ses ailes
J’en ferai un phare.
Et tu entendras
Bercée par la mer
Dans le lointain
Les chants marins de mon moulin.
Et les mouettes viendront picorer nos refrains. 


dimanche 1 janvier 2012