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Jean-Jacques Bixiou by quiteproustian Jean-Jacques Bixiou by quiteproustian
An attempt to draw Honoré de Balzac's Bixiou. He is a cartoonist. His main problem-one that Balzac dealt with in mayn of his novels, through many different characters-is that he wastes his talent or even genius away in trivial activities.
He is alway joking, loves to smoke, is a dandy, lives in a messy flat, and keeps a grisette.
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Another beautiful piece. I love your style, and the emphasis on the main body of the coat. So many fastenings and tiny buttons. The way the coat trails away into the tiny feet and hands is wonderful, as are the individual details, such as the crucifix and the flower on the pipe. Lovely pipe by the way. Good job on getting it to follow the line of his shoulders and arm.

I really admire your talent at expressions. They make these sketches into such stories. I suspect that someone has just told a very saucy joke. Or Bixiou is about to tell one. Lovely.
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Thank you for all the nice, and very well written comments :iconlubplz:!
The reference for the pipe is here:[link] And the crucifix is not a crucifix at all, though I am aware it's not clear what it is. It's supposed to be a piece of charcoal, to make quick sketches while he's out.
I love drawing buttons lol and thanks, drawing expressions is something I find very difficult, and most of the time I can't really draw the expression I originally wanted to.
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Oooh, thank you for the pipe reference. I always love seeing what people are using.

Oh, now I feel silly. It makes so much more sense as a charcoal stick. Still all the little details of the piece are marvelous.

I really like your expressions, even if they are not the originally intended expression. Sometimes you simply have to let the paper take you away.
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Don't feel silly, it looks a bit strange, it's not obvious what it is ;)
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loaves Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
I love your style of drawing!
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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toBea-or-not-toBea Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I love his expression and the detail in his hair and clothing
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Thank you! These are the fashion plates I used for reference, if you are interested: [link]
contemporary illustrations of the character: [link] [link]
and for the pipe: [link]
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toBea-or-not-toBea Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Thanks for the links
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
No problem :D
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Callme-Ismael Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011   Photographer
Aloha,

i said it one time & have to say it again:
... i like your style
;-)

i just can´t remember - ´cause i told it, that the way you draw reminds me of a cartoon i say in my early childhood days - what cartoon that was...

... but i like your drawings ´cause they look - sorry, maybe a clumsy word - classic & noble!
:thumbsup:

:ahoy:
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Thanks very much! ^^
If you ever remember what cartoon it was, tell me, because I'm interested.
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Callme-Ismael Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011   Photographer
i´ll keep thinkin´... but i got old over the years...

but i´ll try to remember
;-)

:ahoy:
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Ok! tell me if you do :D
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Callme-Ismael Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011   Photographer
ok!

:ahoy:
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bis01 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Cool! I love his whiskers:XD:.
I didn't know about his trivial activities. It's regrettable.
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
His description in les employeés is the best. One of the pranks he plays to a co-worker (who is a butterfly colector) is to give him an exact replica of the butterfly he most craves for his collection, painted by himself. And the irony is this: imagine to have the tallent to paint a real looking butterfly and just waste it on pranks and jokes. That pretty sums up Bixiou.
I never finished les employeés, but the portraits of the characters are masterpieces of irony and fine observation. And I believe we get to see Poiret(from Goriot) when he still worked. :D
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bis01 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
That's truly regrettable. But If i had a talent like him, I would do the same:D(at least once:D)
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
:lmao:
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