samedi 31 décembre 2011


LienHappy new year everyone. 2012 will start with a new website designed by my friend Andre,
Then two new comic books, this one and this one then, early february, 5 days of signings here and probably other signing sessions, then why not this or that ?

All in all, 2012 should kick some serious asses after a couple of years of shit sandwish. Hope it will kick asses on your behalf too, have a good one.

jeudi 29 décembre 2011

Illustration Friday - messenger

Finnally found some time to experiment with wacom and textures. Taking things slow for another week before 2012's big things happening.
Happy new year everyone.

vendredi 16 décembre 2011

Illustration Friday - Separated

Sorry I skipped a couple of topics, but I took things a little slower the last weeks and managed to save a little more time to deal with non artistic personal matters that I had to deal with. Moving furnitures and selling apartments . It is winter now and we hang a cascade of blue lights at the window to lighten the mood of the square a little.

samedi 19 novembre 2011


In Dutch painting, a vanity is a still life painting depicting life on earth as vain. Vain -> Vanity / Vanitas.
In french, to describe a still life, we use the words "Nature morte". or "dead nature".

Stolen from wikipedia

In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The word is Latin, meaning "emptiness" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 from the Bible is often quoted in conjunction with this term. The Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) renders the verse as Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas. The verse is translated as Vanity of vanities; all is vanity by the King James Version of the Bible, and Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless by the New International Version of the Bible.

Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture. By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, Danse Macabre and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects.

Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, which symbolizes decay like ageing; bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life. Fruit, flowers and butterflies can be interpreted in the same way, and a peeled lemon, as well as accompanying seafood was, like life, attractive to look at, but bitter to taste. There is debate among art historians as to how much, and how seriously, the vanitas theme is implied in still lifes without explicit imagery such as a skull. As in much moralistic genre painting, the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of the subject is in a certain conflict with the moralistic message.

lundi 3 octobre 2011


I haven't been here too much. Tomorrow is my mother's funeral. The weather was spectacularly warm and sunny for the whole time we stood by her and watched her die. Time to retrieve on the inside now for a long winter time.

dimanche 28 août 2011


After I spent the last years exercising this new digital tool, then color, then textures, it is time that I learn to use brushes and custom brushes.
Any experience or advice you can give me to teach me and make me a happy bunny ?

Also, I very well could see me travelling the new world next year so who knows ... why not having me participating in your very cool art project ? All a need is a couch somewhere and a few drinks in good society. I am open to suggestions .

mardi 5 juillet 2011

Illustration Friday - Remedy

So far the only remedy I found for my current life style is a hot shower on the back of the head, but I have excuses.

vendredi 24 juin 2011


In a Shakespeare way I suppose ?

it's been a year now since I decided to gamble on my career and start as a freelance artist.
I made a decent living through the first year thanks to 2 publishing contracts and a handfull of little jobs. I loved every single one of them even if some got away without paying the bill and some of my co-workers didn't really deliver as they were expected to... But I guess that is unavoidable when you want to live your life like the rest of the world isn't made of thieves only.
Working on my things from home, being able to do the job like I want to do it without being constantly dragged down by a management that just have no clue about what's going on, being able to take decisions and see that I took the good ones instead of being dragged into other people's mistakes. Working at 4 am and 15 hours straight when I feel like it, or not working for a whole day when I need to take care of my loved ones... or just go for a ride.
For all those reasons I love being a freelance artist so far. Lots of hard work and just enough money to get away with it but so many satisfactions.

yesterday I learned that I should be allowed another 3 publishing contracts on roughly the 2 next years. There's another two years of red velvet carpet in front of me.

samedi 4 juin 2011


I've been away for a month !
not really. just a lot of work to do, a couple of meetings, and a daily visit to the hospital that's taking 2 or 3 hours out of every each of my days since 5 weeks.

We have a long red and blue heat wave here. Nature is still in blossom and sparkling everywhere but it will be burnt soon. Breeders and farmers already complain that this summer will be a catastrophe, and it's not even summer yet.
It will probably be. Right now it's 30°C in my office, and I'm in the shadows.

mardi 26 avril 2011


Mine was called Nathalie and she could wear a bikini or mini shorts like only a 15 year old girl riding a bicycle in the French mountains could. When the holidays ended, we were desperate. Never saw here again.

mercredi 13 avril 2011


Yes master ... Give orders .. and I shall obey ...

hey ... what do you know . A man has the right to have a little fantasy once in a while. I did this one on the brown background, not using any layer or undo.
(Except for the book texture obviously)

samedi 9 avril 2011

More Indian Motorcycle Girl

The Indian Motorcycle girl I designed for Cherry City Motors in Salem Oregon has been a big google hit so far,
so I made another one for Saddleshoppe (Still to be updated at this time)

If you steal one of these or use them as your avatar, please be kind enough to bookmark this page and link to my gallery

lundi 4 avril 2011


And now for something completely different.

it's been a busy day that began and probably will end in a headache. finished page 27 out of 48 of one of the two comic books I have to do, and did all the accountancy work for the trimester.
I need a little recreation.

jeudi 31 mars 2011

Illustration Friday: TOY

As a kid a toy meant a car. preferably a matchbox. That was before hotwheels and computers. I'd spend my time inventing little scenarios that were just excuses to move cars around.
I still do, except now I get paid to do it and I can't do the engine sounds anymore. FML !

La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy (Official Video) HQ par wonderful-life1989

samedi 5 mars 2011

IF5Y-7- Illustration friday - WARNING

Commandante Spiargelsti ignored the warning message from her Zeeplo unit and set her phazer to "vaporise" before she entered the room of specie 9-17-EEK.

I know, I need more sleep and a hobby. Unless you consider pistachios a hobby then I need more sleep and more pistachios. Just remembering the old fumettis I used to read again and again as a kid.

mardi 1 mars 2011

IF5Y-6 swarm

The wacom seems to have switched to the hechy-sketchy mode, whitch isn't so suitable when you are trying to draw wheels...

So I turned down a comic series last week, we couldn't agree on a method that would give us enough creative freedom and we felt a little too old to be talked down like little naughty boys. Of course the last 6 month of work on that project go directly into the paper shredder.

Would work for motorcycle. what can I draw for you ?
please visit our studio and my personal gallery.

can you see me there ? I'm the one not moving :)

dimanche 20 février 2011

dimanche 13 février 2011

IF5Y4- Sweater

Maybe the reason I draw so many nudies is only because I always struggle to draw folding fabrics around the elbows, knees and pelvis. It turns into obsession every time I have to work in someone else's graphic style. That day after monday we have a big meeting to decide if we keep on working for a project with someone else's style or if we decide to keep our dignity and put all our efforts into our own thing and say goodbye to reasonable money and assured media coverage but poor relations. Two more bad sleeping nights before that bad day. I trust my feelings for this kind of decisions and even if I cannot claim fame and fortune, I don't think my career turned so bad so far after all.

See you wednesday :)

samedi 5 février 2011

samedi 22 janvier 2011

IF5Y01 - Dusty

The dust/hangover/awakeness security protocole is especially important after a long period of snow. - based on a true story-

This is the first post of my 5th year of IllustrationFriday, but I am not able to participate every week anymore. It was fun and useful as long as I had a job. It's not so much a necessity now that I spend every second of my woken time drawing.
Still working on the books. Most of the paperwork done; for 2 out 3 at least.
Maybe some day I'll even make some money again.

vendredi 7 janvier 2011


French class was cancelled shortly after several younger students complained about monsieur Gérard's lack of visual memory

Adios Illo Friday

After almost a year without post, I hereby officially declare this blog DEAD. You can scroll though my work on my webpage at www.papazogla...