Guy Billout is the illustrator of irony. Using clean lines and soft colours Billout shows mostly men in absurd situations verging on ridicule. His illustrations are not always immediate, we must observe them carefully and take every little nuance.
During one of my many wanderings on Pinterest I find a fantastic french artist that inspires me and immediately catch my eye for clean lines and irony of illustrations.
Guy Billout after completing his studies in France at the Academy of applied arts in Beaune embarks on a career as an illustrator for advertising, until the 1969 moved to the new world in New York and some of his works are published by the publishing New York Magazine. Obviously find fame and success.
His illustrations are absurd, ironic and tragicomic. A lever that raises a building is not credible and two rowers trying to paddle against the side of the waterfall are tragic, for the end is imminent, and comedians at the same time. His characters are ordinary people, they haven't distinctive details, but you are always faced with paradoxical situations.
The style and the stroke are so clean, almost neutrals, the effort to get the viewer. You must pay attention to all details to catch the irony and sense of the message. In some ways the net colors, decided and delicate gradients remind me of the work of Hergè (the belgian cartoonist and illustrator father of Tintin), don't you think?
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