Feature Friday: The Art of Toubab

Feature Friday: The Art of Toubab

Our fans are so generous to share with us about their passion for Pentel powered art on Facebook and Twitter. One of those fans is Baude Benoit, an artist out of France. A fan of the Pentel community we asked him to share some insights into his love for both Pentel and drawing. We learned so much!

What is one aspect of drawing/sketching/inking that you give the highest priority to?

All steps are important but I really take my time on inking that's the moment where I concentrate because I can't erase. Even if I could, I don't want to erase, you have to learn to work and play with your errors!

What is the one drawing tool/pen that you regularly use?

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen of course, I really like the fact that you can begin with fine lines and continue with big strokes, playing with the ink load on the brush in order to give movement to your character. I also use a 0.05 mm pen for detailing these big strokes!

Do you have one drawing related resoruce that you highly recommend reading?

I began to draw because I fell in love with the art of artists like Akira Toriyama and the fact that he works on linked series, from Dragon Ball to Dr Slump for example!

I learned how to draw the body and other things and became curious to learn more about it. Drawing is like training, you have to draw every day: on the bus, subway, street & home of course. You have to draw people, animals, trees, landscapes and understand how they work. I've also learned how to draw and paint from other artists. Artists like Yoshitaka Amano, Yoji Shinkawa, Moebius, Juanjo Guarnido, Tim Sale, Jim Lee, Olivier Coipel, Kent Williams & Frank Miller. Watching  tutorials, videos and how they sketch has really helped me to understand the art. It's not about copying art but trying to understand the way artists work and seeing how I can do it myself.

Is there a magazine that you read on a daily basis (online or offline)?

The best reads for me are artist's blogs and art books, that's where it starts, take it back to the source!

Please share 2 or 3 of your illustrations with us and what inspired you to draw them.

The first illustration (named Rage) is a watercolor about the movie and 300 comics, movie by Zack Snyder and comics by Frank Miller.


The second illustration (named Snikt) is another watercolor of Wolverine using the Pentel Aquash Brush, he is one of my favorite comic book characters.


And the third one (named Miyazaki) is an acrylic on bristol, this is of the man who has made me dream the most, Hayao Miyazaki, one of the best! This piece is from the last movie before he retired. 


All of these paintings and illustrations synthesize all I love, great movies, great artists, and great comics!