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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