A collection of the animal drawings of Armel Gaulme, an illustrator and painter living in Paris. Gaulme works as a concept artist and teaches classic drawing and perspective at Penninghen/Académie Julian (Paris).
Foreword by John Howe. Introduction by the artist. Text in both English and French.
From Armel Gaulme's Introduction:
As many, I grew up with Beatrix Potter's speech-endowed bestiary, Puss in Boots and the Fantastic Mister Fox. By the tender age of seven I was on sharp lookout for every broadcast of the Christmas movies of Wolfgang Reitherman, one of the "Nine Old Men" from Disney Animation Studios.
I've never ceased since to be awed by artists who've delighted in seizing the personalities of their fellow men and transposing them on animal faces chosen for the circumstance, first and foremost Charles Le Brun, J.J. Grandville, Heinrich Kley and Benjamin Rabier.
When I think of these talking animals that enthralled me when I was a child, I remember realistic, plausible creatures, with genuine faces and authentic expressions. They were characters I would have loved to meet, very different from the stylized caricatures, all angles and exaggerated scowls that we sometimes come across in contemporary "character design".
Years later, I started sketching those "animals" (but does that really define them?) myself out of pure fun and I thank my children for having asked me to give birth to a great many of them in order to amuse them in turn.
My biggest joy would be for readers, in their turn, to dream and laugh a little thanks to the characters gathered here.