He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gérard Michel

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:18 am

Gerard Michel
Gérard Michel is a Belgian architect based in Liége, who also teaches courses in sketching and drawing at the school of architecture there.

Aside from that, I know little about him except for the wealth of his wonderful location drawings as displayed on the Urban Sketchers blog and on Michel’s own Flickr sets.

He sketches in pencil, pigment liners and watercolor.

In keeping with his background, Michel excels at rendering buildings and architectural forms and evidences a fascination with them. He has a wonderful knack, however, for leaving parts of his drawings open and sketch-like, even though they can be very exacting in their proportions and perspective.

He has been posting hundreds of his wonderful sketches from his sketchbooks, both of his home city of Liége and his travels elsewhere, to his Flickr stream. You can get a quicker overview by looking through his Urban Sketchers posts, but the Flickr sets are well worth exploring.

There is a brief clip of him sketching on Vimeo.

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  1. Comment by Kris Wiltse
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Fantastic work! I love the graphic qualities and use of patterns and flat washes. Yet there is so much depth. Great sense of color too. Thanks!

  2. Comment by moritat
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Gerard Michel is one of the most amazing artists I have ever come arcoss. he is genius.

  3. Comment by kathryn
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    really lovely work!! i have always admired artists that work on location (especially Gerard’s art!!)…i’ve tried it at our local LA zoo but didn’t like the attention it brought! i found it very distracting!

  4. Comment by Connie Sun
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Wow, these are stunning! Thanks for posting and for continuing to curate this amazing blog. I’ve been visiting for years for daily inspiration, but this is the first time I’ve left a comment. It’s a great thing you do.

  5. Comment by Irish Gift Shop
    Thursday, March 8, 2012 @ 2:39 am

    I appreciate the artists for their innovative work. They inspire me to think upon new ideas that I can incorporate in my gift business. Your work is outstanding.

  6. Comment by Gérard Michel
    Friday, March 9, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    Thank you, Charley.
    I’m happy that you like my drawings.

  7. Comment by Lorette
    Friday, March 9, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Gérard, I think you’re really a genius.
    Je vous souhaite bonne chance./I wish you good luck.

  8. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, March 9, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    My pleasure, Gérard. I would have contacted you to let you know about the post, but I couldn’t find an email address.

  9. Comment by Kurt Burgess
    Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Simply beautiful, inspiring work. A delicate touch with the right amount of detail to fully capture the subject. Bravo!

  10. Comment by Randall Imai
    Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I agree with everything you wrote about Gerard Michel’s drawing, but the thing that really sticks out in my mind is the sheer volume of work, each piece of equally high quality.

  11. Comment by Sarah Quijano
    Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Great post. I belong to USK Spain in Málaga and had the chance to meet Gerard in a course of the International University of Andalusia last year. It’s just amazing to see him in action, such perfection and control of perspective and technique but with a sensitivity in the treatment of the subject. Plus he is so charming as a person, he was always smiling and very humble about his art (unbelievable as it is great). Well, I think he is an inspiration :)

  12. Comment by Murray
    Thursday, June 6, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Have linked your Flickr site for a couple of years – always superb sketches/renderings. I worked for architects for many years creating graphic environmental art – appreciate your wonderful talent, eye, and hard work!

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