The loose drawings in black pencil of Waka Huia are inspired by Belgian illustrator Monique Martin (more particularly by her illustration book "Un jour, un chien") and by my sketchbook practice.
You'll find an insight into that practice on this page. I also invite you to check Gabrielle Vincent's amazing book : https://www.casterman.com/Jeunesse/Catalogue/les-albums-casterman/un-jour-un-chien
"Un jour un chien", an illustrated book by Gabrielle Vincent (Monique Martin), who inspired the drawing style of the short.
LIGNE DEUX is first and foremost a Brussels subway line. It also grew to a form of obsession. I live along line two, I work on line two, draw on line two. It's a way of traveling without going far away.
Those sketchbooks were made in the subway, from my sofa or while sitting on the loo; by looking (with or without glasses) through a big glass vase filled with objects gathered here and there.
Some were made barefoot from a semi-basement in Koekelberg, others with gloves at more than 3,500 meters high;)-
MY MOST RECENT SKETCHBOOK. It started with a blank copy of "Saccage ce carnet" (published by Larousse). It then grew to my fattest sketchbook, with lots of collages and some contributions of Elie-James and Stanley who were with us during most of our trip in Japan and Korea.
I have stepped on it, torn it apart, tied and towed it with a big rope, slapped it on walls, left it for a night in our compost, slept or showered with it. It was burnt, frozen and dried in the sun!
It contains liquids, hair and nails, feathers, dust, part of a shoe, dead animals (only insects, rest assured), dried flowers, fruit and plants, lots of stamps and stickers, swear words, secret messages, words of hope and despair and rarities such as a choco pie wrapping (google is your friend!) or a chunk of barbed wired from the border between North and South Korea.
EVERY YEAR IN OCTOBER, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I did it in 2016, following my participation to the Manchester edition of the "Urban Sketching Symposium".
I am a member of Urban Sketchers, a community of sketchers all over the world, the motto of which is “See the World, One Drawing at a Time.”
Participating to the 2016 edition of the symposium in Manchester - including Richard Brigg's workshop called "what to leave out, what to leave in - capturing a sense of place" brought a lot to the project.
Here is our manifesto :
For more info, check Urban Sketchers' blog : http://www.urbansketchers.org/
© S.O.I.L., Ambiances..., Luna Blue Film, VAF, FWB, RTBF - Waka Huia, an animated short film by Laurent Leprince (2019)
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