Sunday, 10 March 2019

Synesthesia, a model

 It's been ages since I posted here, but now it's more to post about some thoughts now and then rather than new etc

I saw this painting today and asked permission to post it here. This is such a great model of how I see numbers. I can never really explain it but this is as close as it gets.

I never had a diagnosis so I don't know how much is synesthesia and how much is discalculia. But when I see, or think about, numbers I see this. Most numbers have such similar colours that I can't distinguish them clearly, and therefore I get them confused. Some numbers have very distinct colours (like the strips toward the middle) and I instantly memorise them. It's not all like a rainbow, it can have sudden shifts. But then a batch of numbers will "superimpose" like this. So it takes extra concentration to make things out and that creates actual headaches

Daniel Mullen is painting images that translate synesthesia. He doesn't have it himself but he's working with someone that does. I really love all his other paintings, I wish I could see the originals. Here's the Instagram link to his post and to another of these paintings.

And his website With the project :

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A new vlog, about the old "impostor sydrome" feeling

Maybe this deserves a bit of developing in this blog.

It's at the same time quite simple: life gives you lemons and you make lemonade. And also very complex: how to reconcile your expectations and reality when it comes to making anything creative?

I usually express such things better in written word because I can edit things, but I figured I'd give it a go in a video.

There is a point where I wasn't clear enough in the video. I think that your strong points are in the things you enjoy drawing, but just because you enjoy a thing it doesn't mean you'll be good at drawing it. Sometimes things will not happen and that's where frustration can be a bummer.
Illustration is such a vast domain, there is no way you can be good at all of it, it's human, don't beat yourself up about that.

I hear a lot of people, my students, or already established artists who struggle with this, so I hope this is a little encouragement.

EDIT : funny how James Gurney just posted something along the same line to his blog:

As for myself I am currently trying to find the "voice", the "style" for my next Circadia illustrations. I am a bit disappointed that when I try to be more precise in the storytelling the result is closer to a children book. But that's what I am after all, all of my published books were done for kids.
So how can reconcile the more "epic" illustrations I did and the more "cute" and simple ones of the main storyline? Do I carry on like this or try to unify things?

I think it's also because I have not yet found the final tone of the storytelling. I imagine something with little text and in a voice that is that of a storyteller. See, I don't even know the words for this, I am looking at books like the tales in Sergio Toppi's books, or also Dinotopia by James Gurney. A "voice off" narrator telling the story.  But the tale in the pictures is not yet in tune with this. Maybe I need to try something else but I am not sure what.

It's a learning curve but that's what makes it fun!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Rearranging schedules

If you look at my deviantArt gallery you'll notice that I haven't done a single original illustration this year. Just a couple of fan art and various sketches and colouring old line work. My new work schedules are really not very compatible with working on serious projects. I need to find a way to produce at least two dozen illustrations and that means one a month for two years. No idea how to do that, I didn't manage this year.

I'm not even talking about promotion, I'm still at the same numbers of followers as last year, despite trying to be more present and trying to work live and talk to people. Well, you can't always be rushing forward, I've been at this daily for the past 15 years and maybe it was time to slow down a bit. Onwards.

Friday, 3 November 2017


There may be a bit less art and more crazy tour stories in the next two weeks. I’m off to follow a big of dream come true of mine. To see the original Alice Cooper Group. I never thought I would see this one day... well actually five days and five shows. But Alice is the reason I draw in the way I do, I developped this style years go while listening to him and it took a long time to refine. But I am finally on to something and I hope to come home full of inspiration if rather exhausted.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Plein air test

This month James Gurney is proposing a challenge of painting a dead vehicle. So I chose this old loco that I always loved

Not the best easel ever as it was really improvised for lack of time.

I realise that, as expected, I have a problem because of my varifocal glasses. They warp everything completely, when I look at my phone it looks all curved, so this also deformed the drawing.
I can't use my reading glasses to paint here because I won't be able to see the model with them. I tried to stick to basic shapes. But I just realised now that one of the wheels got lost in translation, it was there all the time and then went off on a wander?

But there you go, the old locomotive in a local museum. My friend who lives there was nice enough to lend me her parasol to save me from the sun :) Not something I can fit on my bicycle otherwise... I used watersoluble neocolor crayons.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Not so new video blog

I made this a while ago, but only posting now.
Let me know what you think of these, do you want to see more? Or do you prefer to read about projects here?

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


via Instagram

Currently trying to share instagram posts here so the blog lives a bit more. Sorry about the hashtags, I'll avoid them when I can.

This method should allow me to have my line art better visible while I paint. I could loose them entirely as I did in the test to the right, but I prefer the liveliness of the pencil lines to stay a bit. It's not faster but it might also allow me to start over faster if I mess up.