Where the magic happens

13.8.18

 7th, August 2018

Dear friends,

Hello, hi, how are you ?
I am writing to you while I should actually finishing my painting (I really need to finish it today and it is already more than 6pm - and I will not be able to draw much after 7pm... please wish me luck ♥).



That kind of friends to me

27.7.18

Dear friends,


How are you today ? This is such a beautiful Friday and I am very excited for the weekend to come. I still have some things to work on today but I think today will be much more quiet than the rest of the week.

Look at this gorgeous light !

And at this gorgeous view from the window :-)
It has been ages since I last posted something here (I mean, I did post the link to my video some months ago, but apart from this it has been a really long time !). To be honest, I am not so good at writing. It is funny because I used to write A LOT when I was younger, in high school. I think I was actually spending more time writing than drawing by that time. I was writing ton of little stories, short stories, even started a novel (and only wrote 20 pages haha, but I really had the whole thing planned in my head - and it is still there, I must say I still like the idea !). But I don't know, I lost the habit of writing somewhere in between the pass of the day.

Just wanted to show you my cat sleeping on the floor because she is really cute and she melts my heart

A flower a day - Une fleur par jour

29.5.18



Bonjour les amis,

J'espère que vous allez bien ! La semaine dernière (ou celle d'avant, je ne sais plus trop, j'ai mis un peu de temps à monter tout ce que j'avais filmé !), comme le soleil s'était caché (bon, d'ailleurs, il n'est pas encore vraiment revenu), j'ai décidé de contrer le ciel tout gris en couvrant une page de mon sketchbook de croquis de fleurs !
Pour cela, je me suis aidée du livre "The concise British flora in colour" de W. Keble Martin, un joli livre que j'ai trouvé chez un bouquiniste la dernière fois que je suis allée à Edimbourg. Et puis, comme il y a quand même eu un jour ou deux de beau temps, je suis aussi allée dessiner un peu des fleurs de la vraie vie dans le jardin ! 
Il m'arrive de culpabiliser lorsque je passe du temps à gribouiller dans mes carnets au lieu de travailler sur mes différents projets ou commandes, mais je me rends toujours compte par la suite que cela vient en fait enrichir mon travail - maintenant, j'ai un peu plus de genre, formes et couleurs de fleurs qui me viennent instantanément à l'esprit lorsque je dois en intégrer dans une illustration (c'est-à-dire, très souvent, puisque je ne peux pas m'en empêcher, et qu'à moins qu'un client ne me l'interdise expressément, il est probable que je continue d'en gribouiller absolument partout jusqu'à la fin de mes jours).
Bref, trêve de blabla, j'espère que ce petit aperçu de mon carnet vous plaira !
Belle journée et à bientôt,
Cécile

Dear friends,
I hope you are well ! Last week (or the week before, I do not remember actually, it took me so much time to edit everything I filmed), as the sun was hiding behind some moody grey clouds, I decided I would cover one of my sketchbook page with colourful flowers !
So I used a very pretty book I bought in a second-hand bookshop last time I went to Edinburgh, called "The concise British flora in colour" by W. Kebble Martin. And, as the sun was coming back little by little, I also decided to go to the garden to sketch "real life flowers" !
I always feel kind of guilty when I doodle in my sketchbooks instead of working on my projects or commissions, but then I always realise that it actually helps my work quite a lot : now, I have so much more shapes, colours and type of flowers coming instantly to my mind when I need to draw some in an illustration (which means, almost all the time, because I cannot control myself when it comes to flowers - if a client does not explicitely forbidd me to add some, I will always do so !).
But enough talking, I hope you will enjoy this little insight inside my sketchbook !
Have a lovely day,
See you soon,
Cécile

Les jolies choses de Mai

17.5.18


Aujourd'hui, j'ai du pain sur la planche - beaucoup de pain sur la planche, mais telle que vous me voyez là, j'ai passé la matinée à regarder les photos prises ces dernières semaines et à retravailler mes favorites, pour m'entraîner. Et puis, je me suis souvenu de l'article que j'avais posté en Février 2017, avec des photos de toutes petites choses, prises autour de moi, rien d'extraordinaire, mais jolies. Et j'ai pensé comme regarder cet article régulièrement me fait sourire, il me rappelle que tout (ou presque) peut être joli autour de nous si on le regarde avec un nouvel oeil.
Alors, voilà les jolies choses que j'ai vues au mois de Mai (et un peu fin Avril aussi). J'espère qu'elles vous feront sourire, ou rêver, comme elles m'ont fait rêver lorsque je les ai moi-même regardées avant de déclencher l'appareil.

Today, I have a lot of work to do - really a lot, but as you can see, I only spent the morning looking at some pictures I took these last weeks, and working on my favourite ones with Photoship, just to practice. And then, I remembered that article I posted here in February 2017 (such a long time already), with pictures of little things, things I saw around me, nothing spectacular, but they were pretty things. And I thought how happy it makes me everytime I look back at it, reminding me that (almost) everything can be beautiful around us if we look at it in a certain way.
So, here are some pretty little things I saw around me in May (and also a bit in April). I hope they will make you smile, or dream, just like they made me dream when I was looking at them before pressing the camera button.

(Et puis, promis, je vais me remettre à travailler sur l'article qui parle de la fresque - il faut juste que je trouve le temps et la motivation, que l'alignement des planètes les fassent apparaître pour moi le même jour - mais cela devrait probablement arriver avant fin 2030 !) 

(And I promise, I will start again working on the mural article - I just need time and motivation, the planets will probably have to get aligned for me to get both on the same day, but it should happen before 2030ends !)





Zodiac

14.2.18

(Peindre les signes du zodiac pour l'horoscope de Spur Magazine)

Cliquer pour agrandir - Click to enlarge

Last November, I received an email. It was coming from Spur Magazine redaction, and I was asked to illustrate the two pages horoscope of the magazine - I had to draw the twelve signs, plus a larger illustration per month during a whole year. 
The very first issue where my little guys are printed came out in January, the 23rd precisely.

En Novembre dernier, j'ai reçu un mail. En provenance de la rédaction de Spur Magazine, on me demandait d'illustrer leur page d'horoscope - je devrais dessiner les douze signes du zodiac, et peindre une illustration-bannière par mois pendant douze mois. 
Le premier numéro imprimé avec mes petits gugusses dedans est paru en Janvier dernier, le 23 très exactement.

"The little green van" - Process

22.11.17



Hello dear friends !


Can you believe I am actually writing two articles consecutively ? I know, it seems insane, it probably never happened before.
But I feel like this blog deserves a little more than just one article every three months !
So I want to try to take better care of it. What do you think ?
Anyway, enough chatting, I am here today to show you a little bit of process behind a (simple) illustration (yes, simple, because for the moment I do not have a good camera or anything I wish I had to be able to show you more process behind bigger things... but one day will come when I will !).

Last year, when I was living in Edinburgh, I went to the see the sea for my birthday. It was very beautiful. And I felt so happy, despite of the grey, cloudy sky. That day, we saw a green van there, selling food to people around - warm soups, sandwiches, tea, cakes, coffee. Everything you need to be happy ! Right ?


Mr Fox

21.11.17



Hello dear friends !


Here is a little Gif I made from an illustration I posted on Instagram yesterday. As my phone has been really stubborn and did not want to download it properly, I decided (thank you lovely people who sent me a message to suggest it ♥) to post it here, so people who wanted to see this little guy moving could have a look anyway. 

And I thought, as a little extra something for those who take the time to come here, I would also post this little Photoshop sketch I did beforehand !
 
Oh, and, it is kind of inspired by my own experience with fairy lights indeed. I bought some few days ago, and kind of found myself tangled up when I tried to hang them on the wall above my bed. I might be the clumsiest person ever, so that was not really a surprise !

I hope you have a lovely day,
And see you soon !

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