Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Monsieur Antiquaire

This is the first of a series of Rouen Characters I will be posting.

I have noticed Monsieur Antiquaire working or lurking at the Antique Market at St Marc (Saturday mornings) ever since we moved to Rouen in 2003. He's almost as wide as he is tall and seems perfectly adapted to the loading and unloading of not-quite-antique furniture. I have never seen him without a roll-up. But then, come to think of it, I've never seen him roll one either.

Naturally, this is a memory drawing. I wouldn't want to be caught giving him furtive glances.

The quip about horse sausage isn't entirely flippant. There was a small boucherie chevaline near the market place, but you'll have to wait for the next Rouen character to find out more about that.

As for the drawing, I have been experimenting with using scanned fabric to colour line-work. I'm pleased with where this is going.

Don't forget to click for a closer look.


  1. Wow, I REALLY like that effect Thomas, it marries so well with the line drawing and looks very crisp. It also gives an up-to-date edge to the perception of this style being 'old fashioned'.

  2. Many thanks. I'm planning to pinch some fabrics from your blog, actually.

  3. I'll have to start collecting interesting textiles, patterns and texture so you can build up a library.


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