Atelier Bingo

Adele Favreau and Maxime Prou work together at Atelier Bingo.
They produce bright happy colourful prints and other abstract illustration, surface pattern - including on ceramics -  and graphic design

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Atelier Bingo is just outside Cholet, a small town near Nantes in north west France.
On their website there are a few photos of the studio space - a lovely bright composition of colour and shapes - just like their work!

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In a fresh semi rural setting too, by the looks of things...

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See more examples of Atelier Bingo at their fun website HERE

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have you seen the work of.....?

it's about time i got back to the blog
i shall use this space to mostly share the artists, designers and illustrators work from which i get much enjoyment and learn 
so today is as good a time as any to get going

elise gravel

on her sweet about page, elise gravel says:

"I was born in Montreal in 1977 and started to draw not long after my birth. In kindergarten I was popular because I could draw princesses with long, spiral curls. Then in high school, girls asked me to draw their dream guys in their agendas. I became very talented at drawing muscles and chest hair, which came in handy later on when I illustrated my book Le Grand Antonio. On the other hand, I’m still pretty bad at knowing how to use an agenda properly.

Later on, I studied graphic design at CEGEP*, during which I figured out that I wanted to do illustration. After my first book, Catalogue des Gaspilleurs, I wrote and illustrated more than 30 others. One of my booksLa clé à molette, won the Governor General’s Literary Award in the illustration category, and since then I’ve become really bigheaded and brag all the time. &nbsp

I live in Montreal with my two daughters, my husband, my cats, and a few spiders. I’m currently working on diverse projects for publication in Quebec, English-speaking Canada, and in the United States. My books have been translated into a dozen languages. I’m hoping to live a long life so that I can make many, many more books, because I still have many, many more ideas."

Her work is charming and fun with a love for the often misrepresented and seemingly ugly creatures so beloved of and intriguing for little humans...

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it seems though that quite a few of these feisty little characters of elise gravel's actually represent her readers - they just look like the emotional hot beds that are small children - in their full spectrum of types and beings...

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gravel is prolific and obviously just can't stop doing what she loves best
interesting colour palette - not the predictable primaries and quite often a restricted set, giving her illustrations a distinctive voice
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i follow her on instagram and get much joy from seeing things like ballerina monsters pop up!
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February Workshop At The Sainsbury Centre

Enjoyed a busy workshop - twice - on Friday last week
It was the theme of Surfaces: Pattern and Texture
Students looked for patterns in the art and artefacts of the collection at SCVA, making lovely well observed drawings of details and repeated shapes

Next they used their pencils and erasers only to create the different textures on the surfaces of items they found


Once back in the studio, the students worked in pairs to double up and 're-draw' their shapes in collage, creating interesting textures

Finally they worked individually to make rubbings of their textures - back to monochrome after all that colour!
They chose their collages that transposed to rubbings with the most interesting and successful results and repeated these to create patterns through texture



This is the time of year when there does't seem to be a moment to catch my breath. That of course has resulted in me not putting anything on my blog for ages...many apologies if you've looked and it's the same old post for the last month or so.
So, I have many drawings from life/portrait drawing sessions to post here (soon) and also sketchbook work.
I think of sketchbooks as vehicles for thinking, dreaming, planning; what if...? type of activities.

Recently small one comes in on occasion and I give him paper so we sit together in quiet company, doing our own thing.
He invented his own language last week with symbols for words...

And he drew a shape similar to the first drawing, which I copied!!
Anyhow - here's the sketchbook:

I Am Very Dusty Rusty!!

Recently started Life Drawing and portrait sessions on Thursday mornings.
I was working out last week that I haven't done life drawing since 1998 or 1999...and boy, it shows!!
Can't quite believe I have left it seventeen years before I got back to it: 
I haven't taken my eraser with me yet as I quite like to see the story of the changes I make and how my eyes and hand are working out what I'm scrutinising..
week one: Lacking confidence, I only took an A4 sketchbook

week two: I was teaching a drawing workshop missed the first portrait session.

week three: Lovely Maddy lent me her table easel - so standing up to draw and A2 paper it is from now on; that's more like it..feels so much better:


week four: portrait session - even harder than life drawing:

week five: Sessions seem to start with short five and ten minute poses and then fifteen minutes, half an hour, a break for really lovely coffee and jaffa cakes (!!) and then another twenty minutes or so and finally a really short pose again - so no real chance to spend a longer time drawing, as yet: 

Although I am itching for an hour long pose so I can really get my teeth in to a drawing - looking back at them here, I enjoy the gestural marks that the quicker ones seem to bring out of my hand.

I am absolutely LOVING the process of sustained concentration and looking - a couple of hours when I completely forget the rest of my life and even lose the other people in the room!