Researching the previous post I came across a blog dedicated to Avril, made by a certain Basil Sedbuk. As it turns out, that one is not the only illustration blog he does. He has no less than 6 different blogs, five of which are dedicated to an individual artist (François Avril of course, but also Serge Clerc, Dominique Corbasson, Floc’h and Ted Benoit) and a sixed called “La belle illustration” where he tends to put all other illustrators he likes but who somehow didn’t get their own blog (yet?). Here we find the work of people like Lorenzo Mattotti, Robert Crumb, Loustal, Götting, and many, many others. Yes, They are all written in French, but the pictures are not. So, go explore !
Friday, April 30, 2010
François Avril (Paris 1961) is an illustrator who’s work balances between the representational and the abstract. His pictures, often urban landscapes, defy the laws of perspective and focus instead on visual rhythm and composition.
His early work, however, looks quite different. It is more akin to the "ligne claire" a style very popular in European comics (Hergé and Chaland are two prime examples). Avril was working for advertising, magazines and book publishing in those days and even did some comic albums. Nowadays, comics are few and far between, and since the 1980’s there have been no more albums, only collaborations and short stories which appeared in magazines or group albums.
Avril did continue to work for advertising and magazines and began showing his work in galleries, which often led to the publication of lovely little books with his drawings. I’ve never been that much of a fan of the real ligne claire, so if you want to see more of the early work by Avril, check out the links below.