As soon as I saw Hélène Poujade‘s work my immediate thoughts were ‘tattoo’, how awesome would the first image be as a full sleeve?! Her work explores the themes of death, dying, our mortality & eventual decay, but the images are far from dark & depressing thanks to the bold, graphic style & the light hearted details scattered throughout the pieces. I love the ‘cut here’ line across the neck & medicine mask in the first image & the eyeball clutched in her hand in the second.
The level of detail in her pieces works so well with this pen & ink style, it’s bold & eye catching but has a certain nostalgia to it too, coming from the traditional medium & use of techniques, like the painstaking stippling. I love the possibilities modern methods allow for creating, but I’ll always have a soft spot for actual pen, ink, paint on paper or canvas & these really appeal to that part of me. There is so much going on to absorb & take in, a real feast for the eyes, these pieces deserve to be gazed on for a few moments, to really appreciate all of those little details.