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06 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Belle Robe

Belle Robe by Maumont is a portrait of a character who seems to have the right priorities in life, having discarded his shoes to lay in the grass and drink wine. It’s a relaxed scene that feels peaceful and lighthearted, with a retro charm in the drawing style used that gives its protagonist a giant, round orange head that glows like the sun. The most brilliant moment of the scene is without question the wine glass’s stem, which in the French fellow’s eyes is the leafy stem of a plant, turning the glass’s bowl into a delicious, liquid blossom. Less successful for me is the inclusion of the shirt’s title written directly in the drawing. While I like the style with which it was done (especially the way it incorporates the wine cork), the phrase just doesn’t add anything to the design for me. As near as I can tell, it translates as Beautiful Dress, which isn’t terribly meaningful in how it reflects on the rest of the art. And just having it there detracts attention from the much better wine glass moment above. Even with that questionable call, though, the design remains very wearable and memorable.

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

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28 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Bang Bang

Bang Bang by Ludwick has a looseness that I really enjoy, because the frenetic, sketchy style of the art matches the chaos of the robbery scene it aims to create. I like the playfulness of the lettering, which has its word shown in all different angles and arrangements, altering each letter’s height to better curve around the other drawn elements. By keeping all the lettering in a slightly darker tone than the drawings, the art is able to quickly differentiate between sound and picture, making the crowded canvas read more clearly and expressively than one color might have. The one choice I take issue with is the decision to keep the art in a rectangle shape- I feel this takes away from the otherwise freeform, exciting look of the piece and gives the impression that it’s only been printed this way because of the constraints of the printing apparatus. One could argue, though, that it’s an accurate representation of the type of room the scene is happening in, so it probably isn’t a dealbreaker for most viewers. For me, the rectangle is a bit of a bummer, but it pales in comparison to the design’s strengths. In particular, I’m impressed with the way pointed edges repeat throughout the design- the stars, gun explosions, and money bag tops all have a similar shape to them, and it makes viewing this piece very subtly pleasing to the eye.

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

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18 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Incognito

Incognito by Anne Cécile OLEART is a real gem of a shirt. I love the flat, stylized look of the produce, which has an almost paper-cut sharpness and precision to it. This style allows each object to feel both like a symbol of the food it represents, but also (through use of not-quite-round circles and lines that bend) like unique specimens of their type. So while it has qualities of an educational aid, the illustrator’s hand can also be felt. You can see why this shirt was intended for children in the way it labels each item so carefully, but I think the quirkiness would also make it a fun design for adults, particularly because of how alien that sliced pear in the center looks. My only quibble this this piece is that I wish the labels were handwritten instead of using a font- I think a more playful touch on the lettering, allowing the words to bend around the objects they describe, would create a more dynamic look.

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

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11 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Groarrrr

Groarrrr by Ludwick is only available on child sizes, and you can see why this piece would be particularly popular with kids- it captures a sense of daring and adventure that suits childhood perfectly. But I think this design also has potential appeal beyond that group because of the choices made throughout the art. For instance, the onomatopoeia of the roar’s spelling, which adds a G at the start for a throaty bellow and an Rrr at the end to emphasize the growl. There’s also a neat moment is the way the fluffy curls of the lion’s mane seem to reference the way the daredevil child has a similar hairstyle. Both creatures also have a relaxed, eyes shut facial expression- a perfectly in sync team rather than two individuals interacting. The lion is missing some teeth to make him seem individual, while the child is about as blank as possible (not even a design or color on his clothes) to make him easy for any kid to relate to. It’s solid work, and I’d bet that more than a few adults would happily wear it.

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

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04 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaos 4

Chaos 4 by Yann Bagot is the fourth entry in the artist’s series of rock drawings. The thing that stands out to me about this one is the sense of strength it conveys. The arc formed by these rocks feels possible, like it could have been worn over time by the tides or have been placed in formation by a patient balancer. By including the very dark rock at the bottom, the rocks are given the illusion of width, as though these massive stones have a thickness we can’t see from this angle that casts a strong shadow on the objects below. Rock textures have been a major asset of this series, and for the most part that is true of this piece as well (the light rock on the right is especially nice). That said, I think some of the texture falls apart on the leftmost rock- there’s lengthening of the shape at the bottom left that starts to look more like photoshop manipulation than a real stone roughness.

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

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28 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaos 3

Chaos 3 by Yann Bagot is for me the weakest of his Chaos series, and the reason is that it’s the only design in the group that makes me question what I’m seeing rather than accepting it as an unusual rock formation. The problem lies in the bottom section, which has some very unlikely shapes. A major offender is the rock anchoring the left side, which is both a strange T shape and also appears to have another rock floating below it, unattached to anything. To the right of this stone is another odd one, a long thin slab that curves between two much larger rocks in an uncanny, fluid sort of way. It kills the visual tension created in the balanced forms elsewhere because it all feels invented rather than delicately positioned. That said, while the shapes of this piece aren’t to my liking, I still enjoy the textures being created on each stone. While the rocks don’t feel real this time, their surfaces are still wonderfully organic.

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

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21 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaos 2

Chaos 2 by Yann Bagot is the second in the artist’s series of illustrated rock arrangements. To me, what’s remarkable about these stones is how alive they feel. I’m put in mind of an enormous shoulder, and a roughy, rocky arm extending from it. The precarious way the rocks have settled makes them seem about to move, just seconds from shuffling into a different shape (or all falling and losing their positions entirely). There’s a real play between strength and weakness, of weight and lightness. And with those subtle textures filling each stone, there’s something to see everywhere you look.

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

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