Friday, November 04, 2005

Les toits de Paris



I spent days searching around for that perfect narrow street to draw, like those you see in Searle's Paris sketchbook. I soon realised all I had to do was look UP. The famous roofs of Paris are everywhere & the narrow, 6 storey buildings have such character.

11 comments:

Drazen said...

lovely

Chhuy-Ing said...

It's so Paris (I can tell, it's my city) :). I like it because the line is just simple.

Dan Thompson said...

I really like how you filled in shapes with grey tones. Looks great!

rubio2d said...

wow, Lovely street,
I want to go there!

Alina Chau said...

These drawings are beautiful!! Love your photos too!!

Smook said...

Very nice illustrations, Matt! I have that Paris sketchbook and am amazed at how much information there is in Searle's illustrations, but yet, they aren't distracting to me at all!

It must be a wonderful thing to not have have to travel many hours with being situated so close to all these different cultures and countries. Inspiration right around the corner so to speak!

Matt J said...

Cheers Smook! It's a miracle of modern engineering that you can get on a train in London & get off it in France or Belgium or Germany! Takes 3 hours there & 2 &1/2 to get back (either there's 'laissez-faire' French drivers who care not for speed restrictions or English drivers keen to get home?!) Still pretty expensive though, it's cheaper to fly - just not so convenient.
Paris is expensive too - on the same level as London generally in terms of hotel prices, food, living as a tourist etc. NONE of the galleries & museums are free. BUT if you're a French citizen & are a student, artist or in the media you can get in free!

Searle's city drawings are a lesson in 'business' balanced with empty space. His drawings of Times Sq. NYC are incredible in their detail.

Smook said...

Technology today, literally bridging people together.

Cheers!

Stef said...

Beautiful toits de Paris Monsieur Jones! There are so many beautiful roofs to draw and paint in Paris, the buildings are amazing, the little newspaper kiosque are great too, did you sketch any?

Stef said...

you still have to explain me what "mumps" mean.

Mark McDonnell said...

Love the style you slapped on the buildings. Great sense of character and values to seperate the pieces more.

NICE


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