raoul dufy cafe scene 440 eric bourdon

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Café scene

Watercolor and gouache on paper by Raoul Dufy
Executed around 1934 – Artwork size : 50,8 x 66,8 cm
Sold £50,000 at Sotheby’s London on Feb 6, 2014


     In 1926, while watching a little girl running on the dock of Honfleur, Raoul Dufy realizes that the mind records color faster than the outline. He will then dissociate the colors and the drawing. Dufy adds his drawing to large bands of horizontal or vertical colors, or to large colored spots.

     Watercolor and gouache become more and more important after 1930. The “puddles of color” of the background are spread on a paper previously wet and stretched on a drawing board. When they are dry, he draws with a fine brush the various elements of the subject.

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think planet 440 eric bourdon

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Think of the planet !

Pen, marker on paper, digital retouching
Eric Bourdon © 2018


     “Print this email only if you really need it !” To appeal to the responsibility of everyone for the future of the planet, before using a small sheet of paper, is very nice.

     But while you feel guilty, weighing the pros and cons…

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“You’re late !” – Speed drawing improv – Video © Eric Bourdon

Example of a creative scribbling in 2 minutes…

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Other videos of improvised drawing by Eric Bourdon on Vimeo !

“Come right here !” – Controlled scribbling – Video © Eric Bourdon

A 3 min creative scribbling experiment…

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Other videos of improvisational scribbling by Eric Bourdon on Vimeo !


“While coloring books for adults are something of a trend, there’s another artistic outlet that requires even less effort than colored pencils and markers. It may have more benefits, to boot.

Doodling — the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working on — is more than a humble distraction. While doodling gets a bad rap, it’s actually associated with better learning, creativity and performance. Here are five of doodling’s benefits :

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“On the road to holidays… and bullfights”
(Spanish-style bullfights = corridas de toros)
Pen and marker on paper, 2017
© Eric Bourdon


     This drawing was inspired by the contrast between the awareness campaigns against the abandonment of pets on the roads to holidays, carried out by the animal welfare associations, and the festive torture of other animals, supported by the law and mostly funded by public money.

     Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. While empathy is stimulated on one side, it is reduced to nothingness on the other. Even more, one encourages not only to stay passive, but also to take a positive pleasure in the spectacle of another’s suffering.

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“The Catholic Church leads by example…”

Pen & marker on paper, 2017
© Eric Bourdon

“Big Bird” – Sketch improv

Drawing without technique works ! Quick & easy ;-)

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Video © Eric Bourdon

“Saturnian rhinoceros” – Improv drawing

How to draw a Saturnian rhinoceros with no drawing technique…?

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Video © Eric Bourdon

“Mommy’s coming !” – Controlled scribble

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Video © Eric Bourdon

“Robin Hood” – Improvisational drawing

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Video © Eric Bourdon

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