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14 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s RMI Rabbits

RMI Rabbits by Ludwick has text that perplexes me, though googling tells me that the RMI part is probably a reference to France’s welfare program (I think it’d be funnier if it was simply The Rabbits, personally). But the scene itself is a lot of fun, showing an unconventional group of friends each participating in some fun activities- in the same room, but not quite together. I like that each character is its own creature, almost devolving from human-in-rabbit-costume to a bunny with human-like rocker hair and a t-shirt to a real (albeit tall) rabbit. It’s a bit of a devolution from foreground to background, though that journey isn’t reflected in choice of entertainment. So much focus is on the characters and what they do that the rest is kind of an afterthought- to the point where the chairs are so roughly formed that they could be anything from a beanbag to an armchair. It’s solid work, though, the kind of scene that makes viewers want to be a part of it. Plus, the doodled style is well-used, and the artist knows when to add texture (like in the beard and chairs) to create interest and some visual levels.

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03 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Dog Crew

Dog Crew by Willy Ohm makes me think about why, despite the massive popularity of cat shirts, dog shirts are much more popular. Part of the puzzle is probably that most cats look about the same with just differences in fur coloring (allowing cat owners to see a bit of their own animal in most cat shirts), while there’s so much major variation between dog shape and size that a design has to be much more specific to hit the same note with a dog owner. This design has a neat way of getting around that issue by using a huge mass of dogs, so that pups of every type from beagles to bulldogs are in the mix. And the attention to detail doesn’t stop there, with many of the dogs performing very doggy actions like farting, sleeping, and playing with bones that give each a bit of their own personality despite the consistent flat, curvy, and geometric style each is illustrated in. The most polarizing choice made, though, might also be the best- that little pile of poop at the bottom. While a lot of people might find that a bit gross to wear, I can’t help but appreciate how its triangle shape starts to mirror the shape of the dog stack above.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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27 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s We Come In Peace

We Come In Peace by SMV looks like a 60s or 70s rock poster with its curvy, decorative text and strong gradient print. There was a real strangeness to the lettering of that era, which makes it pair especially well with the UFO theme- it’s not that huge a stretch to see these unusual shapes as an alien language. I like the way every element is a bit unexpected, from the odd roundness of the flying saucers (they look more harmless than ever as these bubbly orbs) to the almost brain-like contours of the mushroom cloud. The art feels oozing and infectious, leaving the viewer dazzled but a bit unsettled. It’s good stuff, and I suspect it looks even better in person when the size of it helps to make an impression.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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17 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Hé Ho

Hé Ho by Delphine Durand creates the kind of world that makes me just want to explore it. Everywhere you look, strange characters interact with unusual environments and there’s something unique to see. Whether your tastes run towards a pipe-smoking dog, a cursing cloud, hills that are actually alive, or even tree people, there’s something for everyone here… as long as you like wacky! The winding roads cutting through the piece help to move the eye around from one scene to the next, and the one color, evenly lined art treatment helps the diverse elements to all feel united and part of the same world (even when some bits are upside down or otherwise defying logic or physics). I like how frantic the outer edges of the piece are, with characters and moments breaking away from the solidness of the main trunk to make the design feel more organic and alive. It’s a lot of fun!

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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06 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Mon Pirate

Mon Pirate by Amélie Graux is a lot of fun, delivering what feels like a child realizing his imaginary friend is real. The pirate ticks all the familiar boxes of his archetype with his massive scraggly beard, missing teeth, hook hand, tall hat and striped shirt. It’s a mixture of elements that could look scary, but instead feels cuddly and strangely sweet because of the artist’s skill and the way the colored pencil style has of making all the art feel a bit fuzzy. There’s a wonderful moment of mutual curiosity in the way the boy’s and pirate’s eyes meet, both seeming so excited to see each other. I also like the way the skull and crossbones on the hat is almost a third character in the arrangement with its big smile and similar size to the other two faces. One place where I think the art misses the boat, though, is in the hard edge of how the art cuts off at the bottom. I’d have rather seen the black of the pants eliminated entirely so that the art cuts off at the curving line of the belt, which I think would help the design to feel more natural and organic.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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27 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Pirate Volant

Pirate Volant by Maxime Derouen has an extremely enticing concept, combining a lot of childhood fantasies into one moment by showing a pirate child riding a giant bird, about to fly off to some distant locale. The large pirate flag on the saddle makes the design’s idea immediately clear, and the crisp, precise way each element is drawn (showing not just every feather, but every line in every feather) makes everything feel absolutely real, as though its ripped directly from a photograph. While the realism is a detraction in some places (like the line near the boy’s mouth that ages him bizarrely, or the flatness of each object’s edges), for the most part it makes the art feel more magical. A big strength in the design is that while the child is absolutely part of the action, his hat is the only thing really marking him as a pirate- the bird is the one to take on the lifestyle’s more serious consequences, like the eyepatch and peg leg. It helps confirm that what we’re seeing is a projection of this kid’s wild imagination, creating a surreal adventure.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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16 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Pouet

Pouet by Marion Piffaretti is done in the style of a child’s drawing, but has a lot more going on than those typically do. I like the way it starts out normally at the bottom, with drawings of people the artist knows. From there, though, things get more exotic, with several dogs, an odd rain scene, and even an elephant spicing things up. There are some interesting interactions that hint at a deeper story (like the strange way the yellow dog and orange cat regard each other, and the very different facial expressions of the characters in the umbrella sketch). And of course, the inclusion of Shrek, sitting top and center like the star on a Christmas tree, definitely catches the eye (especially since he is the only use of green in the entire piece). It’s a fun collection of moments to look at, both strange and sweet, and I like the way the wild meanderings in subject matter replicate the weird imagination of a child.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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