Paris Je T’aime: The Sketch­ing Lover’s Com­pan­ion

Street art The ur­ban sketcher re­turns to his home city to bring us a cel­e­bra­tory and quirky di­ary of a month in Paris

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A di­ary of a month in Paris from the ur­ban sketcher, as he re­turns to his home city.

lapin, a French il­lus­tra­tor and artist based in Barcelona, is a hero of the ur­ban sketch­ing move­ment and he’s been busy of late. Paris Je T’aime is one of three sketch­books he’s pro­duced in 2016, along­side Modernisme: Be­yond Gaudí and Barcelona: An Ur­ban Sketch­book.

This one sees him re­turn to his home coun­try, where he spent a month ob­serv­ing, con­vers­ing with peo­ple and sketch­ing on the streets of the French cap­i­tal. If the idea isn’t orig­i­nal, it’s in Lapin’s highly orig­i­nal sketch­ing style that the ap­peal lies. Us­ing a black ink pen as his main draw­ing tool, he sketches in old ac­coun­tant books and adds sub­dued colours with wa­ter­colour pens. It’s an un­usual ap­proach and the re­sult is a form of ami­able art that bor­ders on twee, yet re­tains an at­trac­tive au­then­tic­ity.

Lapin’s quirky art­works are threaded to­gether in this bi­jou book by hand­writ­ten tales of his trav­els through Paris, from artist’s squats to the Eif­fel Tower, Aligne Mar­ket to the Moulin Rouge, and be­yond.

In all hon­esty, we’re not sure who the au­di­ence is for this, but we are sure of one thing: we like it very much.

Lapin says he aimed to “cel­e­brate the city that has given me so much”.

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