New York, London & Paris

Some new books. I recommend The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon its one of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time. The artwork of beautifully imagined watercolours combined with a story set in our present day somehow shows a real insight into well, life so by the end I put into done with a sigh and a deep breath.


Paris Sketchbook is the second book I've got by Fabrice Moireau. He draws and paints so accurately and with freedom I can never figure out how he does this, especially with drawing building is easy to get caught up in details so your picture can end up overworked, Fabrice's work has a freedom and a joy in each place he paints.


I've been aware that I've been using art pens (Faber Castell) for ages one down side is that the quality of line is too regular. So this is an attempt to try out dip pens for a change, these are Deleter pens which are manga supplies imported from Japan.

  • arttoday13 3y

    lucky you !! amazing and wooonderful books.
  • Sheila Ryan 3y

    Wow, yeah, I'm in awe of Fabrice Moreau.
  • Liz Steel Art 3y

    I love that Paris book and studied his watercolours a lot in 2009 before going to paris.
    looking forward to what you do with the pen!!!
  • Wil Freeborn 3y

    Liz Steel Art that's a good call looking at his work before heading to Paris. I like how he doesn't have any vertical perspective in his buildings.
  • Rafal Olechowski 3y

    Thanks for your suggestions. I have one of Moireau's books already and it is fantastic. I highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to this one.
  • Brian Kim 3y

    Nice shot
  • Liz Steel Art 3y

    hey wil - I love his paris rooftops book as well - in someways the rooftop watercolours are better (really crisp and great lighting) though the subject matter in the book isn't as diverse. Thanks for the reminder of two great books on my shelf!
  • Joseph Chan 3y

    great selections!
  • Fabio Barilari 3y

    Thank you for your suggestions Will. Just bought the beautiful NY Drawings
  • Wil Freeborn 3y

    Liz Steel Art I've got my eye on his rooftops book
    Fabio Barilari The NY book is great, his take on NY is unique
  • Jessie Chapman 3y

    Oh, I just found Moireau's Paris rooftop book in Italy and it is stunning. Is that the other one you have?
    And thanks for sharing your book and supply ideas. It's always nice to know what other people use for inspiration and art. Your work is stunning, too. I look forward to your book!
  • Caroline Johnson 2y

    Thanks for sharing this.
    Re the pens, I haven't used art pens much for a few years now, but, to get a more expressive line I bought a vintage Parker Junior which is excellent, also found an old calligraphy pen in Dad's drawer and I use a dip pen when it's convenient- and safe!- to have an open ink-bottle next to me.
  • fred 2y

    Enjoy your pens.
  • Thierry Carré 2y

    In an interview from 2006 (in french), Fabrice Moireau explains that, he only use 5 colours for his watercolours. F. Moireau.pdf

    J’utilise seulement cinq tubes de couleurs ! A chacun sa cuisine ! Mais moi, je fabrique presque toutes mes couleurs –sauf les couleurs vives, bien sur !
    Les couleurs de la nature particulièrement, ou des enduits des maisons de Paris, à partir de trois ou quatre couleurs qui forment des gris colorés que je fais virer tantôt vers le bleu, à partir de 4 ingrédients de base.
    Ces ingrédients de base sont le bleu outremer, la brique (couleur brique) une espèce de rouge brun, l’ocre jaune et puis un bleu de céruléum, que j’utilise assez souvent.
    A partir de ces 4 couleurs, que je fais dévier davantage vers le vert ou vers le rouge, ou une autre couleur, je fais des gris colorés qui sont la base de tout ce que l’on voit dans un jardin.
    Bien souvent les gens pensent encore au vert, lorsqu’il s’agit d’arbres et des végétaux.
    Le vert est certainement la couleur la plus intellectualisée pour les êtres humains parce que c’est la couleur de la nature, et la plupart des gens qui ne pratiquent pas le dessin régulièrement traduisent le vert de façon beaucoup trop vive.
    Objectivement, vous clignez des yeux, et sérieusement vous verrez que le vert est proche du gris ! Dans l’ensemble les couleurs sont assez rabattues, comme on dit !
    Donc, mon premier conseil aux débutants, c’est de faire des « verts » pas trop criards, pas du tout flash. Parce qu’ils sont très foncés, très gris, très bruns, il y a aussi plein de tons oranges. Ca paraît étrange pour traduire un vert, mais c’est vraiment comme ça !
  • Wil Freeborn 2y

    Thierry Carré thanks Thierca for that link to Fabrice's pdf, its the first time I've read about his technique, been trying to find any interviews. In awe at his really reduced palette especially for pictures such as the Paris Gardens and he mentions that he only takes a couple of hours to do even the complex paintings.
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