Saturday, 6 January 2007

La Peute Bête

I am currently designing a website for an illustrator friend to show off his work and hopefully get more.

Yesterday, I was scanning picture from a children's book he illustrated a few years ago. I will use them for the portfolio section of the site but also to illustrate the site itself and make more lively.

As I was doing this, I was reminded that I used to draw too when I was in my teens. I even considered making it a career at some point. I have no idea what could have made me think I could have done that!

I haven't touched a pen for several years now, I am sure and looking for examples of what I did at the time, I could only find the following yellowing photocopy of a pen drawing (from a black and white picture, so that was quite easy) I did around 1990, I think. All the rest (and there isn't much anyway) is at my parents' house.

La Peute Bête, Aujeurres, Haute-Marne
The picture represents the Peute Bête. A fantastic creature whose legend escapes me, which was immortalised in stone as the central fountain of a village not too far from my parents'. The statue apparently dates back from the 18th century.

"Peute" is a local patois word meaning "ugly". "Bête" means "beast". No need to explain why it is called that way!

You can see a picture of the fountain here.

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  1. Frankly, not bad!! I told everyone when I was 15 that I wanted to be a graphic designer. Am still working on that one...

  2. Yes, I like it; reminds me of a frame from a movie storyboard.

  3. That's really good. I wish I could draw.

    And DON'T SAY that anyone can draw. Only people who are naturally talented in that area say that and it cheese the rest of us off.

    I may not be able to draw, but I can sing all the words to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, includingt he bit where she says it backwards (only she doesn't really, she reverse the order of syllables then changes Super to Repus).

    Leave it alone, Boz, leave it alone...

  4. OMG does that mean that Mary Poppins was in fact the inventor of "verlan" (French yoof trend of reversing syllables)? Suddenly, she seems so much more edgy.

  5. MP is honorary gay after all and you know what they say about poofs being trend setters (you only have to look at straight guys in the streets of London these days to see it is true (and VERY confusing): they look like us two years ago)...

    CQFD (as they used to say in France)


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