vendredi 20 février 2015

La Chasse au Cerf - Stille Volk tribute

 "Quand du donjon retentit le cor..."

This is an "tribute-illustration" to one of my favourite bands ever : Stille Volk, through their song "La Chasse au Cerf" (album "Hantaoma", 1997).
I was thinking about making such picture for two or three years ago... 

Indian ink and watercolours on paper (A3)

Close-up :

I was strongly inspired by the illuminated art style, especially by the picture below. I found it on the Bibliothèque nationale de France website which display plenty of incredibly interesting and inspiring online exhibitions, just like that one about the "Livre de Chasse" of Gaston Phébus...

Livre de Chasse de Gaston Phébus
France, Paris, XVe siècle / Paris, BnF, Département des manuscrits, Français 616 folio 77

If you're interested by awesome medieval folk music with some occitan lyrics,
I couldn't recommend enough Stille Volk's albums!!

Stille Volk - Hantaoma (1997)

samedi 14 février 2015

Mille regrets

Watercolors and inks on paper (A4)

That illustration is actually inspired by a book I enjoyed very much, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, which is itself based on the Grimm fairytale, you know, that horrible one with the vicious chambermaid and the decapited-but-still-speaking-horse.

Thee trees are based on those I can see through the window during my lessons at the university. You may conclude that I'm rather an inattentive student :p

Some close-up :

Shannon Hale wrote some sequel to her book, including Enna Burning which I also read (not as good as the first book, though)
I was looking for some nice children's novel at the library and I've been immediatly attracted by these beautiful covers are painted by the children's illustrator Allison Jay.
I must say, I would never have picked these books with their other covers (just a picture to compare) !! (As we say, don't judge a book by its cover... in both ways).