mercredi 21 août 2013

Wirdhin's dream - WIP

Some pictures of a commission asked by the kind Stolvezen, who's a dear friend of mine and also a very nice drawer ♥ Here you can see one of her characters, a young girl called Wirdhin, flying on the back of a strange creature, between bird and dragon, in a cloudless sky under the moonlight...

Some WIPs

A close-up of Wirdhin.

This was my first try. I wasn't very pleased with the colors (too saturated and there weren't enough light spaces), and I wanted to do it again without the lines. I think it's better now!!

And here, my workspace... What a mess, I'm almost ashamed. 

vendredi 19 juillet 2013

Medieval Time #2

Another medieval fest, that time in the great city of Bergues!
Noone in the world nor in France used to know that city (neither did I) until a certain movie directed by the humorist Dany Boon which became the most seen french movie, in which Bergues' inhabitants speak the "ch'ti" language (name given to the region's dialects), even if actually the city is flemish.

Anyways, this article isn't here to debate about this but to show some pictures of that nice day (:

 One of the shows presented that day was the same at Mons-en-Pévèle that I described in a previous article. That owl in flight was the biggest I've ever seen, and the valture choosing which colorful and plump child she'll eat was the same one that walked on my back at the previous fest. 

There were also street entertainers and the real Quasimodo. 

And now... that was the hotly anticipated moment of all the day... ♥

In my feverish and quite pathologic passion for horses, I took plenty of pictures...
I let you admire the beautiful coats of arm.


On the right, that's Bergues' one.
All the grey horses were very fiery, that was so pleasant to see them stamp. 
The black one (maybe a Friesan) was quieter.

An elegant pose

And there was the final confrontation. Who'll win? The villain on his dark wearing horse or the lady knight of Bergues? 

But as you can notice, the dark knight removed his feet out of the stirrups... Now that's easy to guess who will be the winner!! 

What a pity, he was my favorite one!! 

And after the effort... (:

mardi 9 juillet 2013

Impressionist girl

Let's go for a short and quite disparate article about museums...

Wandering through art museums is one of my favorite hobbies. And particularly when it's almost free (from transport to entry) for me and when there is a library with several thousand art book we can leaf through. And that particular museum is the second Louvre in Lens ♥
Even if the permanent gallery is quite boring, the two things I've mentionned above and the actual temporary exposition compensate it (:

So, as I said, I like to go through museums and art books. And I like also to draw after paintings and pictures I see, particularly when the characters depicted remind me a lot my own, just like I did for that painting here.
And I noticed that plenty of ladies from the XIXth century remind me Ariane-Rosalka o:
Two drawings done efter pictures found in a wonderful book called "Impressionism and fashion":

 "Le Repos" by Edouard Manet and  "Octobre" by James Tissot

And see also "La Lecture" by Charles Guérin...
 When I saw that painting in the Art and Industry Museum of Roubaix (my favorite one) I was completely astonished by the likeness!! Even the fringe is here!!

And here, some more stuff done at the Louvre-Lens: horses studies after Rubens' "Fall of Phaeton", very useful for a prancing pony like Cabriole (the temporary exposition is now dedied to Rubens, and I'll tell about it in another article), and from a older visit to the museum with my dear Kafkami where she drew for the first time Ariane on her pony "in the mammoths' valley" (after Brueghel that time!!)

More to come: how I found Timiga and Ariane in some advertisements for starch.

mercredi 3 juillet 2013

Moondragon's detailes

Some WIPs and close-ups of my last watercolor, depicting Gewalgon's character and poweranimal Alvrericjas for our art trade.

Finished version on my DeviantArt gallery (:

jeudi 13 juin 2013

Medieval Times

 It's incredible how I'm neglecting my blog. 
So, to remedy that I'll tell you a little bit about a nice day I spent out of time two weeks ago. 

 The medieval fest at Mons-en-Pévèle (Nord - France) wasn't the big one, but the atmosphere was really nice and we weren't bored only one minute. Workshops, artisan crafts, swords, belligerent warriors, birds of prey, horses (one of which was a handsome spanish stallion), and  people dressed with beautiful outfits...
To rent a medieval elfish dress helped me to feel so more comfortable (and warm, secondarily!!)
(unfortunately it was impossible to buy a dress here. That makes me want to make my own, but my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired!!)
There was a falconry show, and since I was one of the volunteers for it, a vulture walked on my back...


vendredi 17 mai 2013

"Dancing with the moonlit knight"

 Back into Argentë's and some love stories. The two sketches depict new characters ; they are called Dagny and Hævnar, and I don't know yet about the horse. I'll maybe do an illustration with the second one.

 And I'm still working on this one. Here you can see Argentë and Væsten, the same than here if you don't know him yet. I admit the pose comes from the "chansonnier manesse", a beautiful illustrated book from the XIIth century.

 They look like angels here...
Maybe the finished piece tomorrow on dA (:

The title of the article is the one of Genesis' songs, a particularly beautiful one I like a lot...

vendredi 10 mai 2013

Bluebells' time

Yesterday was a very nice day. 

Some students from the Scandinavian studies and one of our teachers organized a picnic in the woods. Weather was perfect and that's the season of bluebells which were everywhere... it was such an enchanting forest.
We walked a while to find a lovely place near a small stream to eat swedish food and candies, to play party games about vikings and a game of skills called "Kubb", very popular in Sweden. It's a kind of primitive game but we can have a lot of fun with it. Nevertheless because of my legendary skilfulness I preferred to go and find some beautiful trees and places to draw...

mardi 7 mai 2013

What happens... - Work in progress

  "What happens to the bad boys"

This is a little A3 painting I've started last week, based on some sketches I drew in my Danish classe (the last one! ;.; ).
It isn't finished yet.

It seems that the kelpie/waterhorse/bäckahäst who drowns its riders is a subject I like. This drawing is particularly close to the depiction that Theodor Kittelsen did . It wasn't my first intention but I prefer to share my profound influences (:


Let's see a work in progress. I began with strong pencil lines, what I never do. The aim here was to do not use ink for the line art.

Adding green, blue and black watercolor glazing.

Black and blue on the trees, green on the reeds. I also added "black stone" pencil, which gives a nice texture on the paper.

Each gesture is a new one with this drawing, I had never proceeded like that before.
I hope the final result will be a nice one!

mercredi 1 mai 2013

Spring is here

At last! This colorful explosion makes me want to paint garden, flowers, and impressionist scenes!!
And what's better than acrylics to do this?? (;

The first painting depicting a tree in a valley is a distinction prize done some weeks ago for ndris970.
The second one with the pony is supposed to be for someone in my mom's family. I think I was a bit influenced by Klimt's gardens for the flowers (I dream to paint a copy of this!)