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03 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes

Barbes by Rachid Baalla is a bit hard to decipher for me as an English speaker- Google Translate tells me that Barbes means Beards, but the art itself doesn’t feel like it backs up that translation. But leaving aside confusion about the text, this is a really great design. One thing I really enjoy is how it establishes so many layers, from the smoking crowd in the forefront to the chainlink fence, bridge, and buildings behind it. Everything about the scene is about finding beauty in the grime, so yellow smoke seeps past steel dotted with graffiti tags and a light distress lets the white shirt peek through the artwork. The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place. That strikes me as a fun way of seeing the city, one that feels much more real and vibrant than the average skyline design. Plus, the shape of the artwork fills the shirt in a really pleasing way, especially since the low color count and large white spaces make such use of the shirt color.

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25 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Licorne Kebab

Licorne Kebab by Ludwick is delightfully weird, packing grilled meats onto the horn of a majestic unicorn. There’s a playful, child-like feel to this one that I enjoy, and a pixel grittiness to the lines that makes it feel like something a strange kid might work up in a paint program on an old computer. This is enhanced by the text treatment, which has the almost-cursive look of someone trying to be fancy and just adding extraneous loops to achieve that. The exaggerated flair of the bottom of the L (and the way it doesn’t quite reach the end of the word!) exemplifies this well. Another thing I really like is the fantasy color scheme, which doesn’t stop with the purple hue of the unicorn. Even the meat gets a bright pink paint job, eschewing looking appetizing in favor of looking pretty. It’s goofy, but enthusiastic and charming in a way that makes it much more interesting than the average safe shirt design.

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29 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Summer Snack

Summer Snack by Ludwick is a fantastic bit of nonsense. I love how it keeps things simple to avoid distracting from the crux of the joke, letting you really enjoy the ridiculousness of a dolphin hot dog. It’s a combo that works because while the long tubular structure of a dolphin and a sausage are similar, everything else is extremely different. The bright blue color emphasizes just how much this contrasts with a bright red hot dog, and the dolphin’s pained expression lets us know that he doesn’t think he belongs there, either. That great swirl of bright yellow mustard crowns the poor animal for maximum absurdity, while the bubbly Summer Snack text sets the right humorous tone and implies that this strange¬†food’s home might be at a beachside snack stand. Weird and wonderful.

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15 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Covoiturage

Covoiturage by Ludwick has a title that translates to Carpooling in English, and that’s exactly what we’re treated to in this illustration. It’s a fun, exaggerated take on the concept that goes to extremes, imagining the passengers with their heads blown up to Easter Island sizes, all packed into a thin convertible like sardines. I like the way each of the passengers is reacting differently to their plight, from the annoyed driver to the nervous balding man and even a weirdly excited spiky-haired fellow in back (who seems to be making a play for controlling the steering wheel). It captures pretty well how it feels to be stuck in a tight place with a big group, where everyone’s worse characteristics become amplified since there’s no way to avoid them. I think my favorite moment is the way the car tires are handled- by only showing the two tires nearest the viewer and tilting the body of the car, the artist is able to create a really uneven feel to the art, like the entire car is riding on two wheels and the weight of its passengers is threatening to tilt it even further to the side for an inevitable crash.

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03 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Bad Rain

Bad Rain by Swampfactory is really quirky, creating a strange original character who embodies the idea of bad luck. While he’s ostensibly some kind of bird, this fellow is so odd with his shoes, overbite, cap and sunglasses that he almost seems like he’s wearing a human disguise, trying to appear normal. I like that the raincloud serves two purposes- one, as a classic symbol of bad luck, and two, as a specific illustration of how this character’s luck sucks, by taking away the one good thing about being a bird, flight! No one wants to soar through the air when you also have to deal with soggy feathers, poor visibility, and even the chance of being struck by lightning. It’s the worst circumstance possible to be a bird in, and it’s this guy’s every day life. Definitely a fun, unique piece.

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28 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Caniche

Caniche by Kimiaki is really funny, and part of the reason it’s so humorous is that every character in the design is taking things extremely seriously. The human at the bottom is so serious even his mask is frowning, and the poodle has a frown to match. Even the cat, whose mouth style doesn’t really allow for a frown, is shown to be intensely concentrating with angled eyes. The fact that what they’re doing, acrobatics, is meant to be fun only adds to the wacky quality of the concept. I like the way size emphasizes the surreal, with the poodle unrealistically massive compared to the cat and man. I’m impressed with the way this design handles shading, always a challenge with a one-color piece. Some areas let the shirt color shine through, a halftone dot pattern creates a light shade, while a line pattern gives a darker one, and filled in areas are darker still for a total of 4 cleanly defined levels of color. Good stuff!

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13 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s La Machine

La Machine by Flopi Lazare takes an interesting approach to illustrating machinery. Typically art about machines emphasizes precision, careful to show its complexity and advanced features. But here, it’s very much the opposite- the drawing style is aggressively rough, with inked lines that feel like they’ve been stabbed and hacked into the canvas. Instead of feeling like a schematic, it feels like a child’s invention. I think that’s a neat point of view because with it there’s a sense of wonder, you’re willing to suspend belief and imagine that this machine could do some truly incredible things. As such, this contraption has some elements a normal machine would never have, like a bird and a small tree. I’m guessing the french captions reveal more strange twists (and the sound effects definitely give the machine some character). The use of a second color helps to make sense of the drawing’s chaos by providing a path for the eyes. Interesting stuff!

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