Weekly news: December 22, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Last week, I told you that I had had a few hiccups with my painting. Well, it is done, complete, finito! I’m so glad and relieved! I had a lot of fun painting the wonderfully beautiful Delonix regia flowers. The trouble came when it was time for me to add a background: too light at first, then too dark, I just couldn’t figure it out… and since I’m working “analog-ly”, it was a bit scary to think that I might need to throw away more than 35 hours of work just for the background.

In the end, I lifted a lot of the paint, and I think it works. I actually considered cutting the background or using acrylic paint to cover up. However in the end, I’m quite happy with the result. It adds texture, and I learned a lot during this slightly painful process.

You can see the complete piece and process pictures in my portfolio over here.

To give myself a break from precise botanical painting, and because the first tiger was so relaxing to paint, I decided to do another piece for the Lunar New Year. This time, I wanted to celebrate my Vietnamese heritage and researched traditional Vietnamese dresses, the áo dài. If you have five minutes to spare, I suggest googling those dresses. Modern designers are creating the most amazing dresses! I went for a more traditional style, and it was a lot of fun to imagine these two tigers roaming the busy streets of Vietnam.

I learned my lesson from the Delonix regia painting however and added the background digitally. You can see the finished result in my portfolio over here.

Finally, I wanted to thank you all for sharing another year with me. I had a lot of joy from creating paintings, drawings and products for you, and I’m excited to continue to do so next year. The newsletter will take a short break and come back on January 12, 2022.

I’m wishing you a relaxing holiday season with bubbles of time just for you, your favourite book or activity. I hope we can all start 2022 feeling hopeful and inspired. 🎉🎉🎉

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

My favourite book of all year, perfect to end the book reviews of 2021!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

A small treat…

If you need a little bit of cheer and relaxation during the holidays, I suggest visiting the “Stories” section of Roeselien Raimond website. She is a wonderful wildlife photographer and has a special knack for taking the most wonderful fox pictures.



Book review: Poucette par Marco Mazzoni

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Oh là là, ce livre est un vrai trésor! Marco Mazzoni est un artiste italien qui utilise les crayons de couleur de façon simplement magique. Dans cette magnifique version du conte d’Andersen, Poucette, on est emporté dans un univers de couleurs et de fleurs.

Poucette est l’une de mes histoires préférées. J’adorais le dessin-animé de 1994 lorsque j’étais petite, même si les enlèvement successifs ainsi que les mariages forcés de la petite Poucette me faisaient un peu peur. C’est avec un plaisir renouvelé que j’ai déniché cette merveilleuse version à la bibliothèque. Les illustrations de Marco Mazzoni sont simplement sublimes! L’utilisation des couleurs est presque kaléidoscopique et donne un effect diffus et une impression de légèreté à chaque page. La multitude de fleurs quant à elle nous emporte dans un univers incroyable et parfois un peu inquiétant, comme si, tout comme Poucette, on y était emporté malgré soi. Finalement, les personnages animaliers un peu glauques de l’histoire sont merveilleusement dépeints. J’adore la façon dont les illustrations ne sont pas simplement une représentation graphique de l’histoire mais plutôt une série d’impressions diaphanes que l’histoire inspire aux lecteurs. C’est un travail extraordinaire où la beauté et l’épouvantable se marient avec grâce, faisant un parfait écho au conte d’Andersen.

J’espère vraiment que vous pourrez dénicher ce magnifique livre. L’univers créé par l’artiste est tout simplement incroyable et merveilleux. Chaque page est un chef d’œuvre à regarder encore et encore. Ce livre saura plaire à tous les amateurs de conte classique et piquer la curiosité de tous les lecteurs!

Poucette, Marco Mazzoni, Albin Michel

Mignolina, Marco Mazzoni, Rizzoli (version Italienne)


 

Book review: Thumbelina, by Marco Mazzoni

(This book is not yet published in English, but the illustrations alone make it worthwhile, no matter which language you read!)

Oh my, this book is a real treasure! Marco Mazzoni is an Italian artist who uses colored pencils in a simply magical way. In this beautiful version of Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina, we are carried away in a world of colors and flowers.

Thumbelina is one of my favorite stories. I loved the 1994 cartoon when I was a child, even though the successive kidnappings and forced marriages of little Thumbelina scared me a bit. It is with renewed pleasure that I found this wonderful version at the library. The illustrations by Marco Mazzoni are simply sublime! The use of colors is almost kaleidoscopic and gives a diffuse effect and a feeling of lightness to each page. As for the multitude of flowers, they take us into an incredible and sometimes disturbing universe, as if, just like Thumbelina, we were carried away in spite of ourselves. Finally, the slightly creepy animal characters of the story are wonderfully portrayed. I love how the illustrations are not simply a graphic representation of the story but rather a series of diaphanous impressions that the story inspires to the readers. It’s an extraordinary piece of work where the beautiful and the gruesome blend gracefully, in a perfect echo of Andersen’s tale.

I really hope you can find this beautiful book. The universe created by the artist is simply incredible and wonderful. Each page is a masterpiece to be looked at again and again. This book will appeal to all fans of classic tales and will capture the curiosity of all readers!

Poucette, Marco Mazzoni, Albin Michel (French version)

Mignolina, Marco Mazzoni, Rizzoli (Italian version)

Weekly news: December 15, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, things have been a bit (a lot) chaotic. We’ve had some power outages and unexpected repairs. In the atelier, I’m almost done with my large painting, but I’ve ran straight into a metaphorical wall with it yesterday… flat on my face, at full speed. Nothing is irreparable (I very much hope so…), but still quite disheartening. In any case, I’m trying very hard not to panic, and I’ll keep you updated once I wrap my head around a solution.

Aside from panicking over my painting, I’ve been busy sending out your orders. Thank you so much! I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of your holiday season and your lives in this way. I’m always so happy when I wrap your items. Thank you so much! 🙏🙏🙏

As for the holidays, I’ll be writing the last newsletter of the year next week. I hope you are all coping well with the end of the year, and that the holiday prep is not stressing you too much.

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Based on a true story, this book is everything you need!

Head over to the blog for a complete re

L’Atelier

A small treat…

These all look so tasty! Perfect as last minute gifts and to add to your pantry, I’ll give those a try for sure over the holidays. I’m not a big fan of coffee, so I’ll add extra cocoa instead, but these mix all sound so delicious!



Book review: Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours, by Ai Nakamura

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(Par Ici en Français!)

This week I am taking a book from my “learning” shelf. Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours by Ai Nakamura is a lovely tutorial book. If you have been wanting to start watercolours, but are a bit lost as to where to start, this book is perfect for you. I you have been using watercolours for a while and want to try something different, this book is also perfect for you!

First, please visit Nakamura’s website: it feels like walking through the most enchanting of flower gardens. I love how her style is both precise and loose at the same time. Her dreamy watery backgrounds give a dreamy feel to each of her paintings, leaving you with a strong feel of each flower without the overwhelming feeling of too many details. Her style is truly refreshing and so beautiful. I think that is one of the things I admire most about her work: how all the flowers she paints seem freshly picked from the garden. The colours she uses are bright and lively, creating an impression of a sweet summer’s day.

Now to the book! Nakamura gives detailed tutorials for different flowers and how to paint them. Perfect for beginners and confirmed painters alike, this book goes from the materials you need, to the basics of sketching and brings you up to more complex compositions. It is a pleasure to go through each tutorial, step by step, and discovering how she creates her beautiful paintings. Every page will leave you with a desire to grab your paints and start sketching!

I really hope you will look for this book: there is something for every level of painterly skills, and even if it is just for a skim, this book will leave you feeling enchanted by flowers. It is such a pleasure to discover artists that who have such a distinguishable style and wonderful skills. Happy painting!

Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolours by Ai Nakamura, Nippan IPS


 

Book review: Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples, par Ai Nakamura

(Oui, ce livre est disponible en français! Youpiiii )

Cette semaine, je prends un livre de mon étagère ” Apprentissage “. Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples d’Ai Nakamura est un très beau livre didactique. Si vous avez envie de vous mettre à l’aquarelle, mais que vous ne savez pas par où commencer, ce livre est parfait pour vous. Si vous utilisez déjà l’aquarelle depuis un certain temps et que vous voulez essayer quelque chose de différent, ce livre est également parfait pour vous !

Avant toute chose, visitez le site web de Nakamura : vous aurez l’impression de vous promener dans le plus enchanteur des jardins de fleurs. J’aime son style à la fois précis et libre. Ses fonds vaporeux donnent une sensation de rêve à chacune de ses peintures, vous laissant avec une forte sensation de chaque fleur sans la impression écrasante de trop de détails. Son style est vraiment rafraîchissant et tellement beau. Je pense que c’est l’une des choses que j’admire le plus dans son travail : toutes les fleurs qu’elle peint semblent fraîchement cueillies du jardin. Les couleurs qu’elle utilise sont vives et vivantes, créant une impression de douce journée d’été.

Passons maintenant au livre ! Nakamura présente des tutoriels détaillés sur différentes fleurs et la façon de les peindre. Parfait pour les débutants et les peintres confirmés, ce livre va des matériaux dont vous avez besoin, aux bases du croquis et vous amène à des compositions plus complexes. C’est un plaisir de parcourir chaque tutoriel, étape par étape, et de découvrir comment elle crée ses magnifiques tableaux. Chaque page vous donnera l’envie de prendre vos pinceaux et de commencer à créer !

J’espère vraiment que vous trouverez ce livre : il y en a pour tous les niveaux de compétences en peinture, et même si vous ne faites qu’y jeter un coup d’œil, ce livre vous laissera un sentiment de fascination pour les fleurs. C’est un tel plaisir de découvrir des artistes qui ont un style si distinctif et de merveilleuses réalisations. Bonne peinture !

Jolies fleurs à l’aquarelle : en 5 étapes simples, par Ai Nakamura, Vigot

Weekly news: December 8, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I took a small break from my big format painting, and painted a tiger. I wanted to have something ready for the Lunar New Year early as it will fall at the very beginning of February. Next Year will be the year of the Tiger. It was very fun researching these beautiful animals (and to recognize some of our cats attitudes in the pictures!). Now that I painted one tiger, I want to paint more! I thought the stripes would be difficult and tedious, but they were a lot of fun actually. Tigers are so beautiful, what a pleasure to paint!

You can see more pictures of this project in my portfolio!

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Geneviève Godbout once again! If you like Anne of Green Gables, you’ll enjoy this book!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

A small treat…

Last week, I shared with you my November vlog where I made some kimchi. I felt pretty proud of myself for exceptionally making a big batch: 3 cabbages! Well, this is a whole other level of kimchi!!! It looks like such a fun day spent working as a family.

If you are not particularly interested in kimchi making, this is a channel I really enjoy. Her content is so soothing!



Book review: La Vallée aux 100 Prodiges, par Sandrine Gestin

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Cette semaine, je vous présente un autre trésor de mon enfance, un livre jeu, un livre dont vous êtes l’héroïne: La vallée aux 100 prodiges de Sandrine Gestin. Je vous avais déjà parlé de cette illustratrice incroyable ici.

J’ai passé tellement de temps à lire, à explorer et à résoudre ce livre! Si vous n’êtes pas familier avec le concept de livre-jeu, une aventure est proposé au début du livre. Par la suite, chaque page renferme une énigme et un choix qui vous réfère à une autre page. On parcours ainsi les pages au hasard de nos choix judicieux ou moins astucieux. Cette aventure se déroule dans le royaume féérique de Kïnsayl et les lecteurs sont invités à aider une fée égarée. Sur le chemin, on rencontre des elfes, des animaux fantastiques et des personnages farfelus et parfois inquiétants. Le jeu est très bien fait: mis à part l’aventure principale, des petites quêtes secondaires font en sorte que l’on revient encore et encore à ce livre pour le résoudre complètement.

Maintenant, ce qui me fascine le plus avec ce livre, à part la mécanique de jeu impeccable, ce sont bien entendu les incroyables illustrations. Sandrine Gestin a un talent incroyable pour représenter les fées, les elfes et les univers de féérie. Ces peintures respirent la magie! J’aime beaucoup les compositions riches en tellement détaillées de chaque page. Les différents nœuds elfiques que l’on retrouve dans ce livre sont simplement à couper le souple: il est difficile d’imaginer comment l’artiste a pu les concevoir aussi clairement et précisément. L’univers qui est ainsi crée est magnifique. Les différentes textures ajoutent aussi beaucoup de réalisme à chaque tableau. J’aime aussi beaucoup les personages qu’elle crée: ses fées et ses elfes sont tout de suite reconnaissables tellement son style est consistent et solide. Finalement, on ne peut qu’être épaté devant toutes ces magnifiques images qui nous emportent directement au royaume de féerie.

C’est un plaisir particulier de retrouver un livre de son enfance. Certains sont un peu défraichis ou pas aussi bien que dans nos souvenirs. Celui-ci est tout à l’opposé: toujours aussi amusant, incroyablement plus riche que je me souvenais, ce livre a résisté de façon impeccable au passage du temps et continue d’inspirer et d’émerveiller.

La Vallée aux 100 prodiges, par Sandrine Gestin, Gründ


 

Book review: The Valley of 100 Wonders, by Sandrine Gestin

(Unfortunately this book has not been translated to English 😦 )

This week, I would like to introduce you to another treasure from my childhood, a game book, a book in which you are the heroine: The Valley of 100 Wonders by Sandrine Gestin. I previously told you about this incredible illustrator here.

I spent so much time reading, exploring and solving this book! If you are not familiar with the concept of game books, there is an adventure at the beginning of the book. Then, each page contains a puzzle and a choice that takes you to another page. We go through the pages according to our choices, judicious or not so clever. This adventure takes place in the fairy kingdom of Kïnsayl and the readers are invited to help a lost fairy. On the way, we meet elves, fantastic animals and eccentric and sometimes disturbing characters. The game is very well done: apart from the main adventure, small secondary quests make you come back again and again to this book to solve it completely.

Now, what fascinates me most about this book, besides the impeccable game play mechanics, are of course the incredible illustrations. Sandrine Gestin has an incredible talent for portraying fairies, elves and fairy worlds. Her paintings exude magic! I love the incredibly detailed and rich compositions of each page. The various elven knotwork found in this book are simply breathtaking: it’s hard to imagine how the artist was able to design them so clearly and precisely. The universe that is created is beautiful. The different textures also add a lot of realism to each painting. I also love the characters she creates: her fairies and elves are immediately recognizable because her style is so consistent and solid. Finally, one can only be amazed by all these magnificent images that take us directly to the realms of enchantment.

It’s a special pleasure to find a book from your childhood. Some are a bit faded or not as good as we remember them. This one is quite the opposite: still as fun, incredibly richer than I remembered, this book has stood the test of time impeccably and continues to inspire and marvel.

La Vallée aux 100 prodiges, par Sandrine Gestin, Gründ

Weekly news: December 1st, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been investigating ways to reduce the carbon footprint of my shop. It’s been interesting looking at different packaging options, and I think I’ll try a few when my stocks of supply run out.

I’m also busy painting my second big format painting. I don’t want to say too much until it is done, but I’m enjoying the process a lot!

I’ve also worked on editing November’s vlog, and you’ll find the link for it below 🙂 I’m sharing my kimchi recipe. I’ve been a bit lazy about cooking this last few days, so kimchi pancakes have been a great option. So delicious and simple!

In other news, our cat has discovered the fact that my desk lamp heats up. She found a new spot for her naps. There she is as I’m writing this 😅

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

All is softness, a little album by a Canadian illustrator.

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

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This month we make kimchi!!!

A small treat…

I while back, I shared with you Lotus Silk made in Vietnam. Here’s another fiber alternative. It is so interesting how so many unexpected materials can become fabric! Plus, that loom, how impressive? (⊙.⊙(☉̃ₒ☉)⊙.⊙)



Book review: The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang

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(Par ici en Français!)

I’ve seen this book recommended by so many graphic novel comic book artists and, I was so glad to see it pop up in one of my library searches. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is such a beautiful graphic novel, in so many different ways.

First and foremost, please do not judge this book by its cover. When I first saw it, I thought it would be a simple “Prince-falls-in-love-with-his-seamstress-and-they-have-to-fight-for-approval” story. Absolutely not! The story is so much more than that and incredibly rich. It addresses many themes like ambition, identity, duty, creativity, and friendship. I really enjoyed that both the prince and the dressmaker have strong personalities and dreams. They were very fun and relatable characters that were interesting to follow throughout the book. All the secondary characters were also very funny and so unique! The Parisian setting was very fun and rang true to many of the classic fairy tales stories. I really loved how the readers gets to feel so many emotions while reading this comic book: some parts are hilarious, others are heartbreaking.

It would be impossible to talk about this book without addressing the incredible drawings! There is such skill and care that was put through creating this book. It is always astounding when reading a graphic novel to imagine that where there is now a complete, full-coloured book there were only blank pages. I particularly enjoyed the line work of this book: The varying line width made for a very dynamic effect. The colour work is also impeccable and creates just the right atmosphere for each scene. This comic book is so well done that after just a few page, you get the movie effect in your mind: you forget that you are reading to see the story unfurl just like a movie. Every little detail is believable and sets each scenes strongly. Finally, I have to talk about all the incredible dresses and clothing that are in this book: if you like fashion and design, this book will be a treat!

It was such a pleasure to discover this book and to get lost in its beautiful illustrations and fascinating story. Filled with humour and heartwarming characters, this modern fairy tale is sure to please all readers. What a gift it is to find such great books! I really hope you’ll be able to read this one too!

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, First Second Press


 

Book review: Le prince et la couturière, de Jen Wang

(Ce livre n’a pas encore été traduit en français, mais il est disponible en Coréen! En espérant que la version française arrive bientôt! )

J’ai vu ce livre recommandé par un grand nombre de dessinateurs de bandes dessinées et j’ai donc été très heureuse de le voir apparaître dans une de mes recherches à la bibliothèque. Le Prince et la couturière de Jen Wang est un roman graphique magnifique, à bien des égards.

Avant toute chose, ne jugez pas ce livre à sa couverture. Lorsque je l’ai vu pour la première fois, j’ai pensé qu’il s’agirait d’une simple histoire de “prince qui tombe amoureux de sa couturière et qui doit se battre pour obtenir l’approbation d’autrui”. Ce n’est pas du tout le cas ! L’histoire est tellement plus que cela et incroyablement riche. Elle aborde de nombreux thèmes comme l’ambition, l’identité, le devoir, la créativité et l’amitié. J’ai vraiment apprécié que le prince et la couturière aient tous deux une forte personnalité et des rêves. Ce sont des personnages très amusants et attachants qu’il était intéressant de suivre tout au long du livre. Tous les personnages secondaires étaient également très drôles et tellement uniques ! Le cadre parisien était Le cadre parisien était très amusant et correspondait à de nombreuses histoires de contes de fées classiques. J’ai vraiment aimé la façon dont les lecteurs peuvent ressentir tant d’émotions en lisant cette bande dessinée : certaines parties sont hilarantes, d’autres déchirantes.

Il serait impossible de parler de ce livre sans aborder les incroyables dessins ! La création de ce livre a fait l’objet d’un tel savoir-faire et d’un tel soin. Il est toujours étonnant, lorsqu’on lit un roman graphique, d’imaginer que là où il y a maintenant un livre complet, tout en couleurs, il n’y avait que des pages blanches. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le travail du trait dans ce livre : La largeur variable des lignes donne un effet très dynamique. Le travail sur les couleurs est également impeccable et crée l’atmosphère idéale pour chaque scène. Cette bande dessinée est tellement bien faite qu’après quelques pages seulement, on a l’effet d’un film dans la tête : on oublie qu’on lit pour voir l’histoire se dérouler comme dans un film. Chaque petit détail est crédible et donne du relief à chaque scène. Enfin, je dois parler de toutes les robes et vêtements incroyables qui se trouvent dans ce livre : si vous aimez la mode et le design, ce livre sera un régal !

C’était un tel plaisir de découvrir ce livre et de se perdre dans ses magnifiques illustrations et son histoire fascinante. Rempli d’humour et de personnages réconfortants, ce conte de fées moderne plaira à tous les lecteurs. Quel cadeau que de trouver de si bons livres ! J’espère vraiment que vous aurez l’occasion de le lire vous aussi !

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, First Second Press

Weekly news: November 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Last weekend, I visited my painting in its new home, and it was such a pleasure to see it beautifully framed! It makes me so happy to see my work presented like this.

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another big format. I shared with you the beginning of the study, and I completed that. I used to not see the value of studies, but it is quite interesting to be able to practise a subject in this low-pressure way. It was very helpful in helping me identify the possible difficulties and things to watch out for. It was also a great way to practise mixing colours and noting down interesting mixes. Now that I’m starting to paint the “real thing”, I’m more confident of where I’m going. It’s still very much nerve wracking, but we have begun ladies and gentlemen!

Until next week,

Take care! 🧡🧡🧡

Inspiration

Yes, another great book illustrated by Isabelle Arseneault!

Head over to the blog for a complete review!

L’Atelier

The sketchbook is available in the shop! I made it a digital product because I couldn’t decide on what kind of paper to print. I thought some of you would prefer thicker paper for markers, while others might enjoy specialty paper like watercolour paper. So, as a digital download, you can decide for yourself and print it in the comfort of your own home! The booklet is 14 pages, and the price is very competitive compared to my single coloring pages which are usually sold at 3$ each. In any case, I hope you’ll go take a look!

A small treat…

Wow! There is so much to see! This photographer filmed plankton under a microscope. You can find pictures on his website, and this shorter film. The diversity is just incredible!



Book review: Rien de serieux par Valerie Boivin

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J’adore découvrir de nouvelles bandes-déssinées, et celle-ci est vraiment un coup de coeur! Rien de sérieux par Valérie Boivin relate les mésaventures amoureuses de Madeleine qui se cherche un compagnon dans la jungle des relations modernes à l’aide d’outils plus ou moins efficaces du 21ième siècle.

Une autre BD en noir et blanc avec toutes les belles textures du crayon graphite, Rien de sérieux est en même temps sérieux et comique. J’ai beaucoup aimé le dessin simple mais évocateur et tellement bien fait. Malgré leur simplicité, chacun des personnages partage toute une gamme d’émotions de façon tellement claire et touchante. En parlant de personnages, j’ai particulièrement apprécié les proportions des personnages: les lignes sont gracieuses et agréables (et j’aime beaucoup lorsque les personnages ont de tous petits pieds!). J’ai également beaucoup aimé l’inclusion de page pleine avec des illustrations plus “imaginaires”. Elles rompent le rythme de façon agréable tout en ajoutant une petite touche de fantaisie et d’humour au livre. J’ai trouvé que cette BD était vraiment très réussie et j’ai été encore plus impressionnée lorsque j’ai appris qu’il s’agissant de la première bande dessinée de l’auteure/illustratrice. Wow!

L’histoire un peu douce-amère suit Madeleine dans sa recherche d’un compagnon. J’ai trouvé ce personnage très attachant et suffisamment réaliste pour y reconnaître des amies et des proches. Les différents profils de potentiels partenaires ajoutent un brin d’humour (et aussi de stupeur) à l’histoire: certaines ont presque l’air inventé, mais pas assez pour qu’on ne les soupçonne pas d’être en fait vrai. J’ai beaucoup aimé aussi l’inclusion de différentes amies ou connaissances de Madeleine qui sont à différents points de leurs parcours amoureux.

Une BD parfaite pour une après-midi sympa qui donne l’impression de parler avec sa meilleure amie, ce livre est un vrai délice à découvrir! L’histoire touchante et vulnérable et le dessin riche en simplicité sauront sans aucun doute vous charmer autant que moi.

Rien de sérieux, Valérie Boivin, Front Froid


 

Book review: Nothing Serious by Valérie Boivin

(This book came out last year in French and has not been translated to English yet 😦 )

I love discovering new graphic novels, and this one is a must read! Rien de sérieux by Valérie Boivin tells the story of Madeleine’s misadventures in love as she searches for a companion in the jungle of modern relationships with the help of more or less effective 21st century tools.

Another black and white comic with all the beautiful textures of graphite pencil, Rien de Sérieux is simultaneously thoughtful and comical. I really liked the simple but evocative drawing that is so well done. Despite their simplicity, each of the characters share a range of emotions in such a clear and touching way. Speaking of characters, I particularly liked the proportions of the characters: the lines are graceful and pleasing (and I love it when characters have tiny feet!). I also really liked the inclusion of full-page spreads with more “imaginary” illustrations. They break up the pace nicely while adding a little whimsy and humour to the book. I thought this comic was really well done and was even more impressed when I learned that this was the author/illustrator’s first comic book. Wow!

The bittersweet story follows Madeleine in her search for a companion. I found this character very engaging and realistic enough to recognize friends and family. The different profiles of potential partners add a touch of humour (and also stupefaction) to the story: some of them almost seem made up, but not enough to make you doubt that they are in fact true. I also really liked the inclusion of different friends or acquaintances of Madeleine who are at different points in their love journeys.

A perfect graphic novel for a lovely afternoon that feels like talking to your best friend, this book is a real treat to discover! The touching and vulnerable story and the rich simplicity of the drawing will undoubtedly charm you as much as it did me.

Rien de sérieux, Valérie Boivin, Front Froid