Below the Rust

April 2002
Oil painting on canvas - 120x80 cm ( 47.3x31.5 inch )
Dusk's falling on my decadent reality. My everyday landscape keeps drowning, I'm a microscopic orange stain in a rusty universe. I hope you'll come tonight... Surprising thread of my thoughts, my guide and lover, let me cross again the dark frontier of my fantasies! So close but uncertain to reach, this blurry paradise hides behind my eyelids.
Release me... and I'll fade like a drop in the infinite ocean of a dream.


Making of

This is a study of the main character. I asked my girlfriend to pose, and used one of the multiple shots as a reference to do this sketch with photoshop. After having done the whole drawing once on a big sheet of paper (which took me 1 day only), I did the sketch right on the canvas, with as many details as possible, using charcoal and graphite pencils. This sketch took me 3 days.
A colorized study, done in photoshop. The sketch is a digital picture of the canvas itself. I used as textures (for the rust and some metalic parts) photographs I had made in the abandonned submarine base in Bordeaux.
This is a view of the painting close to completion.


Aug. 7, 2010 12:00
nous amusons le ciel, pauvers marinnettes !
( sans nulle metaphore oh , les choses sont nettes ! )
un a un nous rentorons au coffre du neant,
apres avoir joue sur terre , nos saynettes
Jun. 14, 2010 10:02
Wow, it's even more beautiful with the closeups. I could star at this for ages and just drink in all the details ... and then i could come back and discover something new.
Jun. 6, 2010 17:47
C'est magnifique ! Tellement particulier mais tellement magnifique ! (Et encore un poisson) Deux mondes "totalement" différent relier. J'adore!
May 5, 2009 3:56
I really don't have words for this one....the vision is maind-blowing!!!
Apr. 7, 2009 18:11
Your imagination is amazing!
Apr. 8, 2009 20:53
Maybe ... only sometimes...
though thank you, for believing it :)
Feb. 9, 2009 1:45
rock fish...rusty fish...hmm
i like you like as a person.your drawings has philosophy.one looking make you think,and thoughts just suck you in
sorry for my english!)
hold one's peace - empossible))
Oct. 31, 2008 10:04
I love it, and got it as a birthday gift :) now i have it on the wall by my bed..

you;re extremely talented! no words to describe, really! perfectly done!

Also the words are touching :)
Dec. 14, 2008 1:34
Did you know it tells the allegory of the moment at dusk when one falls in dreams ? Maybe having it in your room will serve as the modjo for you to get lovelier nights!
Feb. 2, 2008 0:08
you simply left me speech less. there are no words to describe your work
Dec. 1, 2007 18:43
C'est un de mes tableaux préférés... La profondeur de l'image est réellement surprenante, de même que le contraste...

Je pourrai disserter dessus si j'avais pas de devoirs XD