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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