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. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Happy Solstice !

Wow! No post in three months? Well, having found two new part time jobs doesn't help with being present online as well. But I have also made a video blog that you can see here :

This is the time to look back on the year that ends today according to the planetary mechanics.

Traditionally my Solstice message is accompanied by the last piece of art of the year, but for once I will use an image from my long term project. The God of Light.

You can read the prologue to the story here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/41225377/The-Chronicles-of-Circadia
For now this is a bit on hold as I am working more or less full time. Half time in my other field of tourism and museums, and the other half on a very cool commission that's due in Spring.

It can be a bit frustrating to have to halt a great project like this one but that's how things go. I am not going to complain that I have a job! The main problem is that I was finally getting some visibility but this is a constant effort to be made, the minute you disappear from social media you stop existing to others. I just hope that at least some of you will continue to follow this project but you'll have to be patient. And follow me on Instagram to get some glimpses into my daily work, art related but sometimes also culinary moments or outdoor inspirations.

In the meantime I wish you all the best for this new turn of the wheel, happy everything you are celebrating depending on where you live and your personal traditions.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Finalised dragon

Here it is all done.

And to follow up on that other post below, I also scanned some of these backgrounds as they can be of use in digital painting too as textures:

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Preparing a new book, backgrounds

The process in a lot of my illustrations starts with a random background. I wanted to film a tutorial of this but for now I just can't find the time. Periscope is all nice but it implies always struggling to keep enough space on my phone and the end result is not really very good.

Anyway, basically it's about using several layers of acrylic paint, diluted to the consistency of a thin pancake batter. And about sloshing it about with various tools.

And very much like pancakes, the first one is always "for the pan" meaning it sticks and looks weird, you need to makes a series and things start to happen, fun effects and colour.

Odd mixes that can give interesting results

Depending on how dry the previous layer is it will produce different results

These are just bad iPhone photos but it gives an idea of the result

Sometimes you want to keep these as they are, maybe the could sell as abstract art, he, he. But I usually use them to paint other things on top, it gives me a first structure to work from, even if most of this will end up covered with more paint.

Since I don't have a lot of time to paint at the moment, I make a couple of these each evening and will keep going until I have a dozen or so. Then I will start to draw more thumbnails for the book and composing the illustrations before I get to paint them on these backgrounds.

Feel free to ask questions if you want to know more

Friday, 26 August 2016

On framing Dragons

You got be kidding me... 
But every time I want to draw a Dragon he / she ends up with a part out of frame. I really tried :

That kink in it's tail sure doesn't look comfortable....

Er, ... No! 

Lot of erasing

Sigh ....
You just can't fit a Dragon inside a box. Maybe just as well.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Big news

As announced in the previous post, I posted a teaser for my story "The Chronicles of Circadia" at midnight on the 1st of August.

You can read it on my Behance page : https://www.behance.net/gallery/41225377/The-Chronicles-of-Circadia

And I also posted more information on Boredpanda (with close ups and some of the videos I posted here before) : http://www.boredpanda.com/see-the-process-behind-my-book-project-the-chronicles-of-circadia/

At the moment I am busy with other jobs as I was hired at one of my previous jobs. It's good as I can make some money but it will make things slower for my projects just as they were taking off. The plan is to work on a simple book, one that I meant to do for years now, during the tourist season when my other job is taking more time, and go back to Circadia in the Winter.

Of course there will be sketches and other tidbits here as usual. For instance I am trying to post as much as I can for "#smaugust" (look for the tag on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter).

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Etsy shop reopened and new art

After much pondering and testing other options I decided to re-open my Etsy shop. You'll find my prints from last year's Kickstarter for now. I will be adding more items when I find a moment.
You can find the link in the column to the left.

And I finished the last piece (actually the first in order) for this chapter of my book. I will be launching a webpage to tell the story that goes with them, on the 1st of August.

This will still be a very long process, as I can only work on it when I have free time. I am counting on at least two more years of illustrating this, probably more as there will be other projects in the meantime. But I hope that you will follow me in this adventure.