November 22, 2012

Rendez vous de Carnet de Voyage

My Stand
I spent a fantastic time in Clermont Ferrand meeting old and new friends. I am so looking forward for the next Urban Sketching Symposium in Barcelona to meet them all again.

I went to Clermont-Ferrand, for the pure curiosity of knowing what it is about. Their website was a little confusing even if it is (partially) translated to English. And although I had asked some people who where there before, many things  were still not clear to me. For esample the festival used to be every two years, that is why you find in some places still the word Bienale, but due to its success now is every year.

my books
Like Graphic Novels, illustrated Carnet the Voyages are very popular in France. French publishers houses are more open to ideas and projects that the ones from other countries. That is one of the reasons to go, but also to get the opportunity to meet many great artists and get inspiration and ideas.

I arrived on Tuesday to Clermont Ferrand. I got a place to stay with a wonderful local family thanks to Coach Surfing (that is also a great way to travel and meet people: people host you for free in their houses, we got a USk group there too)

After eating something I went back to the station to draw with David Magli "Emde". I decided to draw something big, since I didn't have much to decorated my stand.

Clermont Ferrand Train Station

Here is the train station in Clermont Ferrand. Grey and black edding markers and white tipex over a brown supermarket paper bag. ca 80 x 35cm

My highlights of the Festival:

Portable Scanner from Lapin
Materials: Portable scanner from Lapin and a China Sign Pentel Pen from Adolfo Arranz (I bought one in Paris but it is not the same quality)

Buttons: brought by the Belgian Sketchers
Zines: Zines where everywhere. Zines are small little self-publications. They were very popular  as part of the punk-anarchist culture. Just a a Photocopy Machine and you can share your thoughts and drawings. With self publications services online, they are experimenting a comeback. (I see them in Berlin everywhere) Every sketcher should do one. It is also a great way to show your work to potential publishers and  to even to make some money. The Festival got a self publishing shop for the visitors, that was very popular . We should do that in Barcelona, too.

Books I bought:
All zines from Andrea Joseph. Her work is fantastic! I found a lot of inspiration in her zines. Fantastic quality for such a small price. I am sure they will be collectors items in the future.

Luis Ruiz Padron during  dinner
Palestine dans quel etat? by Emmanuel Prost and Maximilien Le Roy. I don't understand French, but Emmanuel drawings and portraits are so intimate.

Zines from Nicolas Jolivot, he got a  series of litle books concentrated in food in diferent countries, I bough one about Guyana and Marroco.

We really didn't have much time to see the city and draw. We did  portraits of each other during the dinners. And on the morning of the 19 before taking my train to Paris, I did walked in the city and made a few fast sketches that I will post soon.


Joaquin said...

Great review, Omar! We had such a wonderful time there... Hope 2 C U again soon!

Marco said...

Ciao Omar, sono Marco. Ci siamo incontrati al tuo stand a Clermond. Ero con mia moglie Melike, di Istanbul. Forse ti ricordi. E'stato molto divertente chiacchierare con te e vedere i tuoi disegni "live". Spero di incontrarti ancora, magari a disegnare. Tanti saluti dall'Italia

Murray Dewhurst said...

Good Post Omar, I've been intrigued by this event too, but with my terrible French have found it hard to learn more. It's interesting that Carnet de Voyages is so popular in France, we need more countries like this!


It was a lot of fun and I am loojing forward to Barcelona too. It was a pleasure for me to share Clermont with you again, my friend!

lapin said...

great to meet you omar! we spent a great time even if we couldn't speak that much together.
I haven't see the "married to an usk" pin, funny, I need one for lapinette ;)
see you!

Bajzek said...

Very nice post Omar! thanks for update us about the european sketchers...

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

So great seeing this, I would love to be able to page through your journals.

Veronica Lawlor said...

thanks for posting this - great way to visit for those of us who couldn't get there and see your work and that of the other artists

Patrizia Torres said...

Great post, Omar. You make me travel to Clermont throught your words and sketches.

Orling Dominguez said...

Great news update Omar, thanks for sharing! and for the suggested artists books as well. :)

omar said...

Thanks Joaquin, Grazie Marco,mi aspeto ci vediamo presto.
Thanks Murray. I am thinking of organizing a small eventin Berlin between the urban sketchers and some public to show our sketchbooks.
Inma, you are my inspiration. everytime I sketch with you I draw better.

omar said...

Lapin, it was great to meet you!
Patrizia, I missed you in Clermont!
Thanks Edoardo,
thanks Kate, send me your address, i can't send you a sketchbook but something else to see.
Thanks Veronica!
Thanks Orling, I think that will also encourage more social interaction between the symposium participants.

sanjeev joshi said...

excellent reading...I have participated two years back,so can relate to the post dearly!...great wishes..

Elizabeth Alley said...

My husband and I need those buttons!