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6.27.2006

Big giant Eurotrip post Partie Un.


Hello all! I'm back from spending two months in Europe (well, just London, France, and Italy) as an attempt to try to get back into drawing. What a place to pick for it - I was so greedy to look at things that it took a lot of effort to sit still in one place and actually draw something (damn you, Europe, why you so pretty??!). Nevertheless, here's the first half of the trip. It starts out pretty terrible but as the weather warmed and settled so did my patience. Pic heavy, o' course.


This was drawn on a very, very cramped British Airways ride.... economy class on Asian carriers is at LEAST a smidge larger than the European/North Americans ones... what gives, Brits?? We're smaller than you! Anyway, Pride and Prejudice (the fashion show version starting Kiera Knightly) was playing. The text is gone from this because I was being a whiny little pain, but it had a couple lines about how Mr. Darcy (he's all scowly...awww) and the costumes were making me giddy.


First glimpse of huuuuge marble statues was at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Life Drawin' heaven (or so I thought... until I got to the Louvre.... naw, V&A had comfy collapsible stools just for the purpose).


A bronze Indian statue at right and a lady I saw on the Underground at left.



The left is in a small village near Bath... the building was so crooked! The middle was heaving out like a beer gut and it slanted to one side. Very adorable. Sorry they're super messy... I'm no sketch crawler!


Baaaaaaaaaa.......


Gonna slip in a couple postcards for friends here and there.



A lot of pages look like this... with receipts and tickets and toilet slips. I don't know why I kept the baguette chain receipt... maybe to prove I've been there? France did not give any acknowledgement on my passport! I just waltzed into the country (with an orange of British origin).



LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUVRE!!!!1



*deep breath* LLLLLOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVRE!!!!! The marble courts are amaaaazing (Tom Hanks passed by them briefly in the-movie-that-will-not-be-named). Vast, marbley spaces between statues... beautifully set-up. Uhm, pictures soon! But you can't really get a sense of the space just from those.



See notes.


Not inspired from the Moulin, but from the tonnes of metal shacks selling turn-of-the-century journals, prints, porn, novels, and other miscellaneous junk along the Seine.



Ok, I wanted to show everyone the dark chocolate shavings of goodness found in the cereal in France and Italy. Oh my gosh, it was so good. C'mon Kellog's, give us some love. The Italian Special K box was much more conservative... just had curves on them. None of this belly-button business.


From another Louvre visit (I got the Carte des Jeunes for 15euro, which lets 26-and-unders in for a year).


Kids in Paris are highly responsive to arty things... chatted with more than a few teenagers trying to get into that crazy Gobelins school, and while I was hiding in a nook drawing the centaur a class of kids swarmed over me to watch, giving me thumbs-up signs and asking that I draw them. They would make sure they got my attention before talking, no mumbling or shyness (not from a single one of them)! The kids here sheepishly peek at your paper and run off to recharge their courage or something.


Jardin du Luxembourg and the fountaine outside St. Sulpice (also featured in that terrible movie).


That's it for now! More soooon. (this jetlag is terrible)

34 comments:

dizzlesauce said...

AWESOME drawings ! sounds like you had a wicked trip !

Johnny said...

what mediums did you use on these drawings? i'm curious what you could use and carry around easily.

orange said...

these are beautiful clio. great work. the trip must've been quite the inspiration.

i love the one on sheep herding. great pieces throughout.

cheers
robin

Schmiddy said...

WOW! That is some amazing art there Clio. HEY i also got a poscard today! its awesome! I'm gonna get it framed! yeah!

Clio said...

Johnny: I had small watercolour and gouache sets with me, plus water brushes.

Thanks guys! Robin: it was SUPER inspiring. There's so much going on there!

Kevin: glad to hear you got the card, dude! Sorry I had to uh... see you before I mailed it ;P

Alan said...

Welcome back to the land of blogs! As expected, an amazing post. I love the dancing lass.

Dik Pose said...

Looks like you had a great trip!! Great, beautiful, loose pieces... so freakin nice Clio.... Jealousy is still as strong today as it was the day you left...

potato farm girl said...

WOWEEEE!!!!!

g-fifty said...

Cliocakes,
fantastic work! Looks like your trip was a success!

Fred said...

Fantastic work!

Chris Battle said...

YOW!! Amazing work! I feel like I've been there now.(You should print this as "Clio's European Vacation Sketchbook"; I'd buy one right quick!)

bannister said...

those are great waterecolors, for sure !!
Nice sketch book miss !

Nick Dellhall said...

Woot! Cool stuff.

Welcome back to Vancouver.

Dee

St John Street said...

WOW so much goodies and eye candy love it all seems like u had a ball on the trip super work can't wait to go somewhere so I can sketch the scene as u did awesome once again keep kickin butt on betty and everything else take care!!!

Travis Christian said...

This is VERY inspiring to me. I REALLY enjoy the architecture. It's something I lack in, and those drafts encourage me to fulfill just that! Great work, thank you!

roque said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience.

newstreamer said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. Indeed your drawings are inspiring (makes me wanna make those stops even more!).

I also ahve the feeling we have the same sized sketchbooks. Haha. I brought one with me when I went to Norway as well.

Certainly if you make a print out of one of your pages to your art journal I'd snag one ;)

- Diana

paublo said...

clio you're so gay...oh look at me i sketch in my little sketchbook...just messin cakes, i miss you terribly wish i was back there to tell you how amazing these are in person. i'll be back in sept for a visit, and to pinch your little clio cheeks

Clio said...

Paul don't be gross.

mauricio salmon said...

amazing stuff! i love your work!

Claire Dawson said...

Awwww! Athena kissing her owl is wonderful! You draw amazingly, as always. I stumbled across this site a couple of years ago and I always come back looking for more. Thanks.

Wynne Chen said...

wow, amazing art work. Makes me wanna have a trip too!!
Let's draw together if u have time!!

Chhuy-Ing said...

That's great you've been to these places I know. Some very nice sketches! Superb foutain ;)

Alina Chau said...

WOOOOWWWW!!! These are amazing!! Wonderful drawings!! Have to click back abd look at them some more!

cutesypoo said...

how can you draw on trips!?!!
i always get soo distracted
when i try to draw anywhere on vacation!
really nice stuff too how are you colouring these on the plane? crazy!
haha i want to travel again..

paublo said...

i meant the ones on your face ;-)

Clio said...

I KNOW YOU MEAN FACE CHEEKS PAUL. I meant your saccharine rubbish! Away with you, Easterner!

Cutepoo: Yeah, super distracting! I honestly didn't feel like stopping to draw most of the time, but after a couple visits you get more patient, I guess!

party for my enemies said...

your sketches are oh so nice and juicy and your europe post makes me want to visit again.

Closet Space said...

these are gorgeous, gorgeous! And it shows that you had a fantastic time! oooh I cant wait to get over there...

Gillian said...

I'm sooo jealous!!! That sounds like such an awesome trip!! Man I gotta get myself over there T_T

beautiful artwork as always!!

Donna Leong said...

Wow, that's really nice! Too bad I didn't sketch anything when I visited France because I was just in awe 0o0.
Inspiring drawings!

mackaydesign said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome. ...and more Awesome. Great drawings. Lots of them this time too.

the doodlers said...

I'm gonna leave this comment even though this post is oldish and you might not see it...Lovely sketches and paintings all! I'm especially fond of the sheeps a' grazin' and the postcard horse a' rearin'. Perfect! Reminds me of our trip to Paris of a few years ago... Must go back soon! Cheers and thanks for the terrific images.~Arna

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