Most of the material used to draw Flinflins covers are very often taken from sketches i use to do when we travel abroad.
Here is an exerpt of some of those travel sketches but you can find more on my other blog Les carnets de voyage de Flinflin.
Portugal – Sintra Palacio National (Aug 2006)
Portugal was one of my most surprising drawing experiences. I was fascinated by the fact that this country (at least the architecture) seemed to be a two-tone land: brown from stone and white from lime on the walls.
Unusually, I had taken with me a notebook with brown pages. So, rather than allowing empty spaces on my sheet of watercolor paper to figure the white walls as I would have normally done, I decided to reverse things. I bought a tube of white gouache and loved playing in dual tone.
Portugal Boats in the ria d’Aveiro
drawing in brown and white is great fun; however i could not resist to add a few strokes of color when i saw these traditional fishing boats (so called Moliceiros)in the little town of Aveiro. Every boat has its own pattern and set of colors which makes a enchanted place of this little harbor.
You can find many other travel sketches on my other blog Les carnets de voyage de Flinflin.
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