Category Archives: Drawing

Vertigo

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Street=Art : Lille

Observational drawing by That Restless Platypus

This is one of the most characteristic building in Lille : The chamber of commerce and industry’s belfry. It’s next to the beautiful grand place.

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Lille is one of my favorite cities in France.

 

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Street=Art : Dunkirk

Observational drawing by That Restless Platypus

I went to Dunkirk in may 2016 so I spent some time on top of the belfry to draw this.

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Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate

Hiding symbols in an hommage to two of my all time favourite artists.

This could be a tattoo if I’m ever able to get one.

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Vienna – an experimentation with watercolors

So, my last travel was to Vienna and it was absolutely amazing! This city is incredibly beautiful, I had the chance to meet an old friend I hadn’t seen in a very long time and I saw the sunset over Sissi’s castle while listening to an opera.

Definitely a good memory and one of my best travels.

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Prague – part 2 (far from over)

This week I’ve read a book I hadn’t thought about in a long time and I was in a nostalgic mood, so I thought about Kafka. Well, almost everything makes me think about Kafka so it wasn’t really unexpected but anyway…

Kafka made me think about Prague and Prague made me want to post this drawing. To me it is a good representation of why this city is stuck in my head since I’ve been there in February. It is grandiose, beautiful and for my entire stay I could feel something hovering over my head, something great. The castle of course was almost always in my line of sight. Reminding me of the incredible ingenuity men can demonstrate : assembling rocks to build cathedrals or words to write novels. I could see the narrative written by Kafka unfolding in front of me. I could feel the mutual influence between him and the city.

And with that I could feel his influence on me. In Prague I was feeling at home yet far from it. There is a word for the later in French ” dépaysé “.

It is strange how comfortable and easy it can be to just let myself slip into this imaginary world that feels like it was made just for me. A world in which imagination and “spirituality” play a greater role than the pragmatic reality. It is strange how it can feel more real in a new environment that helps you notice it than in everyday life when you just tend to forget.

Reality is what you feel and interpret as much as what there is to perceive. That makes life absurd yet unique for everyone.

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Don’t you feel it sometimes ? Don’t you often see memories and ideas appearing while watching something, wonderful or not, that could just be meaningless?

Riga – So far from home, yet so familiar

Apparently I forgot to post my drawing from holidays 2016 when I was in Riga. So, let’s correct this mistake right now.

I went there to see two very good friends, one of them being the one I talked about in a previous post about a deer. The other one being one of my classmates from university with whom I have many good memories.

From this stay I actually only have one regret : the absence of snow despite the cold weather but it is such a great memory to look back to.

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Indivisible clouds

I made this drawing as a commissioned work for someone I used to co-work with.

I really like this kind of drawings with dots. The symbolism of a multitude of insignificant, rough, most basic and imperfect little things, ; created by the contacts of two opposites : the dark ink of a pointy pen and the white, immaculate and smooth piece of paper. All this absurdity, put in a larger perspective to create meaning.

The line has meaning, the letter does to. They have shape and intention. But the dot isn’t even placed with premeditation. It is only the momentum that made it exist, and it is the same momentum that will make it bland and invisible in the mass.  But despite all of it, it gives texture, meaning and a certain “beauty” to the ensemble.

I hope to be a dot…

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Prague and Franz Kafka’s castle

To go to Prague has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Fortunately the dream has now turned into memories.

Two of my favourite authors are born in Czechia : Kafka and Kundera.  And Kafka,  the one I have been obsessed about for years,  lived in Prague and still haunts the city today, but I might do a little post about him since he was my travel buddy during the trip. I promise I haven’t gone insane 😉

Anyway, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen but it is also one of the most densely populated with tourists, a piece of advice : wake up early to see the bridge and the castle when there isn’t to much crowd.

The castle is incredible, it is supposed to be where Kafka found his inspiration for the novel “the castle”. Walking in his footsteps, remembering the book, I can see how.

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