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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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27 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Les Copains

Les Copains by Forent Lazare feels really different from the average t-shirt because of its choice to use such a detailed, sketchy illustration. I think it’s a neat approach, and stands out in a big way from the bold t-shirt graphics that tend to be the norm. Part of what makes this one work is that, while the art isn’t that coherent from far away, it’s still interesting in an abstract sense- there are large open areas, a kind of swirling motion to the elements on the left, and enough variation in size and shape of the elements to make a viewer eager to see more. Right at the top, the large truck works well to bring you into the scene, and from there it’s a wild ride! A zany cast of animals, monsters, and costumed folks form something of a parade, and their antics are even captioned with little notes. Would it work better as a poster than as a shirt? Probably, but even if most viewers won’t catch all the detail, I think a lot of people will enjoy the novelty of wearing a design so rich in story and characters- particularly since I think they’d likely discover something new every time they wore it.

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06 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Interieur

Interieur by Forent Lazare takes an interesting approach to the anatomy shirt. While I’ve seen designs that focus on the mechanics of the organs, turn them into cartoons, or turn them into infographics, this might be the first I’ve seen to employ a loose, painted style. I like this take because it turns anatomy into a literal work of art. In my opinion, the written captions for each organ aren’t even necessary- the design would have been stronger if it lost them entirely, allowing the viewer to more fully appreciate the variation of the lines and textured shifts between colors. That said, I do like that the captions aren’t entirely straightforward. By crossing out sections and using a loose handwriting, it conveys a sense of the artist’s personality and conveys a kind of haphazard sense of the organs, like they might not always operate as intended. Interesting stuff.

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23 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Courges

Courges by Yohan Sacré is an amazing design that is for some reason only offered as a tote bag- I’m not sure why, because I think the art is appealing and would also look pretty great on a shirt. The watercolor technique makes the most of the organic forms and shapes of the various squash, especially highlighting their spots. The arrangement of squash is one of this design’s greatest insights, because the strange balancing act creates visual interest and also helps to give the veggies a little extra personality (a smile looks different when the wearer is balancing precariously). I also like the choice of keeping those faces low on the plant, which makes the rest of the vegetable’s trunk feel like a dramatic bouffant hairstyle. So fun!

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