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Clément Thoby invites you in to his peaceful and atmospheric landscapes, devoid of any people

皇冠体育appThe French illustrator has become a mastermind at his chosen subject. Here, he tells us about his softly composed scenes and his reasons for avoiding the depiction of any characters.

Date
24 March 2020
Reading Time
3 minute read

GalleryClément Thoby

皇冠体育appThe illustrator’s process is as natural as her subject. Working “handmade”, he composes her pieces with wax pastels and pencil colours – chosen for their ability to create punchy colours, marked details and rough textures which are “closer to impressionist painting” than illustration. More often than not, he will commence a piece with a photograph he’s taken, or with screenshots from random Google Street View as a reference point. “Then, I recompose the frame, choose my colour palette and start working!”

Resultantly, Clément’s portfolio is filled with utter serenity. As we enter into spring, the warmer months are replicated into illustrated form and as we turn through each image, no-one, not ever, could dream of being anywhere else. An example of this can be seen in one of his recent paintings depicting the view of the Eure river in Chartres. “I was in the city for a single day and I was mesmerised by the view of a little bridge in the centre of the city,” he says. “I took some pictures and then when I got back home, I started drawing the place. It has all I love about a landscape: a path to the unknown, a mysterious, peaceful and timeless atmosphere that makes you want to go there.”

Without the presence of any people, Clément has created an idyllic backdrop for the audience’s imagination. Here, you’re able to fill in the blanks of your own summer-filled dreams. “I like to keep my drawings empty so that you can imagine whatever story you want,” he concludes. “I also try to produce sensitive and soft drawings, something that can give you a break when you look at it.”

GalleryClément Thoby

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Ayla Angelos

Ayla was an editorial assistant back in June 2017 and continued to work with us on a freelance basis. In November 2019 she joined the team again, working with us as a Staff Writer on Mondays and Tuesdays. She's contactable on aa@kozandiyari.com.

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