I’ve been falling in Love with French Comics more and more the last few years. I especially love Pierre Alary’s work. Pierre is a former Disney France artist, but with a wicked line work added into his terrific compositions and animated designs. He was a student of the incredible “les Gobelins” animation school in Paris (so jealous!) And has been doing comics mostly for the last few years. I fell in love with his “Belladonne” art before I even knew who he was. I’d find little snippets on the internet and try to hunt down more every where that I could. Now I try to import nearly every thing I can get a hold of.
Recently, I’ve been trying to reproduce his line work, below are a few examples from his more recent Sinbad books. These are exact copies (or as close as I could get) of some of his drawings. Its really helped me tighten up my details, while also loosening up on my overall drawings. I have a tendency to get really really rigid with my face shapes, but Pierre doesn’t seem to even care. He’s got such great design work. And the lines are just the candy on top.
I highly recommend checking out his work if you can track it down!