Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin


Friday, August 24, 2007

Armel Gaulme

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:02 am

Armel Gaulme
Armel Gaulme is a French illustrator and graphic designer living in Paris. The bio on his site is very brief, but emphasizes that his love for painting and illustration, and the study of artists whose work he admires, has carried him farther than his formal academic training, though he continues to pursue courses at the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts and the Duperré School.

There is no client list on his site, but the names of books that he has illustrated and collections (albums) of his work are included under the images. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be directly available in the U.S. but you can see a selection on

Gaulme leans toward fantasy and historical subjects, with a nice emphasis on medieval knights, castles and the Arthurian legends. There is also a book, apparently new, showcased on his site, called Créatures: Insolites & Stupéfiantes (Strange and Amazing Creatures), an imaginary bestiary accumulated during the travels of a fictional adventurer. (I can’t give you direct links within his site because it’s in a single Flash file.)

When looking though his online galleries, be aware of their multi tiered nature so you don’t inadvertently miss things. Within the categories and sub categories at the top of the page, there are third-level tabs at the left of the image space, and the rows of thumbnails have “Prev” and “Next” buttons to additional screens. Also there is a bio and list of links tucked away in the “Contact” section. Interestingly, the text portions of his site are in English.

Gaulme has a nicely imaginative approach, in a variety and sometimes mixture of media. Occasionally his pieces are accompanied by preliminary sketches. There are also sketches and drawings in their own sections. Though many of them are quick suggestions and gesture drawings, some are carried to a high degree of finish as works in themselves.

Gaulme is still fairly young, and I think we’ll be seeing more from this talented illustrator in the future, hopefully on both sides of the Atlantic.

[Suggestion courtesy of Cecile]

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  1. Comment by dubarry
    Friday, February 25, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Concours d’illustration de Fables de Jean Anouilh
    Dans le cadre de l’Année Anouilh , l’ Association Nous Voulons lire et les Amis de Jean Anouilh Bassin d’Arcachon en liaison avec la Bibliothèque de Bordeaux et la Médiathèque de Lège Cap-Ferret organisent un concours d’illustration de Fables de Jean Anouilh.
    Les organisateurs du concours – invitent les illustrateurs, professionnels, apprentis ou amateurs à faire preuve de leur plus grand talent à partir de six fables : La chèvre folle, La fourmi et la cigale, Le carrosse inutile, L’enterrement, La cigale, Le rat.
    Le concours est placé sous la présidence d’honneur effective de Colombe d’Harcourt-Anouilh, fille de l’écrivain. Le Jury composé de spécialistes, présidé par Thierry Murat, se réunira le 18 mai 2011.
    Les œuvres primées par le Jury seront présentées par une exposition à la Médiathèque de Lège Cap-Ferret.
    Les lauréats seront mis à l’honneur par la Revue Nous voulons lire – dont, pour le premier prix l’édition en couverture du numéro de Juillet consacré à la poésie – et sur le site des Editions de la Table ronde, ainsi que dans un dossier de presse numérique largement diffusé auprès des éditeurs spécialistes des œuvres illustrés.
    Pour chacune des six fables, l’auteur, désigné par le jury, de la plus belle illustration recevra la collection complète des œuvres de Jean Anouilh (collection Petite Vermillon) offerte par les éditions de la Table ronde.
    Les illustrations peuvent être transmises par voie postale ou par informatique (voir modalités sur . Les organisateurs se réservent la possibilité de ne pas accepter les œuvres reçues après le 12 mai 2011.
    Les demandes d’information complémentaires sont à adresser à email hidden; JavaScript is required .

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