27 December 2010

Clermont revisited

(En español en De Vuelta con el Cuaderno)
Drawings made at the XI Biennale du Carnet de Voyage that took place on november in Clermont-Ferrand. It was short car trip with my neighbour, urban (and not only) sketcher and friend Lapin to take a look at this huge sketch reunion.
Beeing a visitor has made this second chance much different from my first Biennale in which I was invited to show my work and passed most of the 3 days glued to my stand.
Apart from the usual camels and palm works (many of them really good, I must recognize) there were many new different works. I've appreciated (and welcomed) a more open minded approach this time, not so closed to the romantic, platonic, ancien régime, Discovery-Channeled and Stanley-Livingstoned idea of travel (that I like and follow myself). Works as Laurent Lolmède crowds, Damien Roudeau's homeless and prostitutes or Julien Revenu's authopsies are good samples of a different way to look at "travels" as an experience to be told on a sketchbook, much more interesting for me than the usual turban sketches.
I met also new and old folks and sketched some portraits (and not only). I draw them on a gorgeous sketchbook handmade by Choni Naudin, an amazing bookbinder from Zaragoza. She made this special one for the first meeting De Vuelta con el Cuaderno and since I couldn't assist I filled it at the Biennale.

On these pages Laurent LolmèdeJulien Revenu, Mathieu SapinCécile Quéau, Florent Chavouet, Jean Michel Charpentier, Andrea LonghiLapin, Joaquín González Dorao, Frédéric Rudant, Damien Roudeau (which baby sitted Marilou, 4 y.o.  page 3 left, while I visited his stand) and Sanjeev Joshi.

I needed some more pages and I continued sketching on my current pocket sketchbook.
On these pages Roberto CarianiLaurent Lolmède again, Elsie Herberstein, Damien Chavanat and Delphine Priollaud.

The day after I went with Lapin to draw the cathedral.
It was very cold so I just made a (forced) fast sketch

16 December 2010

Barcelona SketchCrawl 29 1/2

(En español en SketchCrawl Barcelona)

Drawings made at the last SkC that took place in Barcelona at Els Encants flea market and Plaça de Les Glòries Catalanes. The market and the flyover will soon disappear: the market moving to another place and the flyover becoming a subway.
Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #1
Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #2
Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #3
Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #4Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #5Barcelona, 29 1/2th SketchCrawl #6
I also made some portraits: the first 4 are stallholders, the rest are fellow sketchers.

11 December 2010


(En español en Urban Sketchers Spain)

For those who don't know about the caganer this can seem a joke, but it's actually a very serious-funny issue over here. In this case, the humongous caganer I drew this afternoon is the Christmas decoration of a shoping mall near the Port of Barcelona.
This video explains something about the assembly and installation.