• SIMPLY •
Black and White
Let the details
Tell the story
I've beem back to school in may, following a request from the school teacher of elementary school (5 years old kids). She asked me what i was doing for a living and i replied "drawings". So she jump on the occasion and asked me to come to school to present my work to the kids....
explain what you to kids.
This was the point, very easy for the 15th first minutes, challenging for the next 15th and free-style for the last 15th. (try to keep focused two dozen of 5 years Old Kids more than half an hour.... this is a very exhausting Job !)
So i explained i was drawing inside drawings and i took the example of the Boston Terrier (Waf Waf) as this is a character a Kid can understand everything. so they did explore the picture, telleing me what was inside and asked me why the dog was farting (they enjoy theses details so much...) and making so much noise while sleeping : It's a Boston Terrier !
The Teacher asked me if she could do the same with the kids. I provide a drawing about a wolf and she ask the kids to draw a wolf-based picture based on the stories at school.
She show me recently the result and here it is :
Swiss Army knife
So I'm president but I'm also the "chief" of my Lunch, my driver when going to the Post Office, The accountant, Sales and Marketing Manager, Performances Analyst, Chief of the buying Department, Manager of the R&D department, Office cleaning technician, doodle drawer, and many little jobs....
So as i sometimes sleep during meetings with my accountant reminder and have no time to keep tracking of the sales analysis, i need some extra hands i don't have.
I'm a Human Swiss Army Knife and have a special skill : I hate to do repetitive tasks, specially when a computer can do it, so let's do some programmation !
There is a skill i still use nowadays and this is the programmation of simple tasks a computer can do instead of me. I recently did a accounting program, using my monthly reports, extracting the numbers and adding them to each other : transforming 1 day of annoying work into 2 minutes job.
In my opinion, programming in Perl is the most usefull programmation language i learned !
Filling Postal slips makes Pierre go Crazy
I've asked the post office to see what they were using and they show me their brand new printers, not so noisy, and that runs with win XP.
I've done some search and found a second-hand one, running with Win7, and that print perfectly on several sheets of paper, and have dozens of postal tracking slips filled-up with my addres, ready to be filled with destination address, JOB Done !
Back to Work
After few weeks of rest i'm taking my pen back for custom orders i've been asked for. 3 different artworks with various thematics (love to discover new things!).
I still Accept Custom request, but will limit them to few pieces each month, due to lack of Time !
I've been commissoned an artwork for the Maisons-Laffitte Jazz Festival....
Inside the Drawing
This is the subject i've been working on : the illustration of a book cover about the "Installation Theory", a book about Social, Cognitive & Computational Perspectives.
It's been the most difficult drawing since the beginnning of the year 2017, like drawing Freud, Heidegger or Kant concepts (difficult drawings of the previous years).
Saadi, the writer wanted an upgraded book cover for his book wich looked like three Pacmans looking at each other, outlining a triangle shape in the blank spaces.
So the idea was to fill in the 3 circles with drawings, each color having a special theme :
Installation theory combines three layers of determinants (material, embodied, social)
Red : Control of behaviour in public space -> Social
Blue : embodied professional competences -> embodied
Green : Objects’ specification and control -> Material
The final drawing
It took me several days to put the drawing into shapes and corrections from the Author to get the perfect final drawing. I draw in black and white and use my computer to put the final color. The lower right circle was the last to be drawn, and the top one was the first to be finished. (social pressure is easier to represent !)
Here are some comments about the inside drawings :
The social pressure are the Law (lawyer and judge), Order (policemen), Dresscode (3 business suits and casual clothes), A group protesting "No" and one "yes", representation of the Male And Female in advertisement, Boss asking for results with special Bonus if reached, Baby crying in a crowded space, the adult hand ready for shutting down the baby under people eyes, School, Parents, God, soccer play, guy shaking racing flags.
The objects give inlfuence to your behaviour : An open Space office, a car, a watch, tools, road signs, a table set with fine porcelain and plenty of cutlery, baby toys, an Airport checkin' path, hause, stairways, Roadsigns, a spider, cellphone,etc...
What's inside your brain : notion of Good or Bad, Love and hate, Logic, how to drive a car, Time, Color mixing, equilibrium, sorting things, how to handle a problem, Brain circonvolutions, The homonculus penfield (cognitive representation of the human body : big head, toes, hand, inexistent body).
Final touch : coloring the picture with my favorite digital software and printing it out on my (new) color printer :
Here is the presentation of my packaging. I started shipping few years ago and continue to improve my technic to keep the prints safe during an incredible journey around the World.
Once the print is signed and numbered front and back, i insert it into a plastic sleeve with a Drawinside card. (large cards variation i should present on a next post).
To protect the print, i use cardboard sheets : 2 or 3 layers are the best and to get more assurance, i cross the cardboard sheets, so it make the parcel very difficult to bend. (i don't say impossible as there are always someone strong enough to bend it).
Then i insert the package inside the reinforced cardboard brief. Here are some pictures of the packaging process :
I really prefer to print on heavyweight paper but larger prints are hard to roll and unpleasants marks appears when unrolling the print. so i use a lighter paper than can bear roll and unroll operations. It is approx 120gsm paper. Once printed, signed and hand numbered, i roll it with my rolling machine and keep it in shape with customised paper strips.
I put a plastic protection all around the poster to make easy the insertion and extraction of the print inside the postal tube.
Rolling items banned
Postal tubes can't be shipped this way with the postal services : rolling objects can't be flashed or read by camera during sorting process in the postal facilities.
Every rolling object is put aside every time it enters a sorting machine (at least 10 times when shipped locally), and wait for human assistance to read the address and is then routed to the next destination. This can take up to 4-5 more days when shipped at the international, just due to the "rolling" aspect of the parcel.
And they ask for extra money for theses as they need human assistance !
So, what i do is : I insert the postal tube inside a cardboard box slightly bigger, that can't roll. And it's Ready to be mailed ! Here are some pictures of the packaging process:
Little help to a dog Shelter
I think it's because my dog is from a Dog Rescue that i did participate. It's time and Energy dedicated to abandonned Dogs, it makes them very special and unique. Mine is very good at eating bread, unique design and stubborn as hell so it's mandatory to read dog training book to handle it.