Category Archives: Shapes

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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Postcards incoming!

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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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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A reminder from Paris

Here is a little reminder from a recent weekend I’ve spent in Paris with one of my best and oldest friends.

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I found this view of the eiffel tower vey fitting since it’s taken from the Palais de Tokyo where we were the night before for a DJ set.

But mostly, to me, it would represent how influential he was, and still is. Being one of the triggers for my newly found outgoing personnality.  Making me face and confront at least some aspects of reality, and generally helping me better myself while I’m still as annoying as ever 😀

Obviously, I was just trying to illustrate a good moment and a nice view when I started it but we can always find new meanings to our creations right ?

Fauna : Oh my deer

I’m not very active here recently but I haven’t stopped drawing.

I’ve also been trying new things, this one is an example made for a dear (no pun intended)  friend of mine.

It is such bliss to have someone like that in one’s life, without her I wouldn’t have had half the learning curve I had those last few years and I probably wouldn’t love drawing as much.

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Drawing challenges by Tangomiva #24 : Serenade

Every time, 1 new compulsory theme, 3 mindsets, 3 ways to show it.

Drawings done by Eva, and ThatRestlessPlatypus.

 

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Drawing challenges by Tangomiva #23 : Science-fiction

Every time, 1 new compulsory theme, 3 mindsets, 3 ways to show it. (when everybody has time for it…)

Drawings done by Eva, Naomi and ThatRestlessPlatypus.

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That restless platypus