Cool cats don’t just get down, but unfurl and twist across the page in this series of trippy images by Lyon-based Olivier Bonhomme. In ‘Acid Jazz Essential’, Olivier composes scenes of warped perspectives, wind-swept limbs, and groovy colours.
Amongst the storm of high-energy ink and humorous inhabitants, we also find moments of stillness, where we can stop and appreciate Olivier’s talent as a well-practised drawer. We like the combination of one-directional and cross hatching in the more built up areas and depth of tones achieved.
There’s an interesting play with light throughout the project, especially seen in the reflections in the wet city pavements of the musicians wandering into the night. Olivier talks us through all that jazz.
I always think about the volume and perspective in the drawing because I think it important to represent a universe without thinking about the codes. I used a whole bunch of techniques and mediums, but the main ingredient is the line itself. When I draw a scene I try to visualize it and I remember some dream sequences.
Search the symbols. I often draw with a fine Pilot pen or simply in pencil. I used to use pretty watercolor but I focus on the color on the computer recently. I love paper on which the pen slips well, as with Bristol paper.
© Olivier Bonhomme, 2012