No two works by French illustrator Roxane Lumeret are ever the same. Despite developing her own recognisable style the content of her work, often depicted into comic book strips, varies massively from one project to the next. This is a rare talent of Roxane’s and a key contributor to her illustrational charm.
For instance, consider the two works published by Roxane last year. The first was an erotic comic book strip, Coup de frein sur la côte, an illustrative journey alongside “a modern girl with dynamic lines and generous bodywork”. Two months later she published a children’s book, Il était une fois, une princesse et une petite fille, a tale of the similarly parallel lives of a princess and a young girl. “The two children have the same dreams, the same difficulties, the same questions,” Roxane explains. “The only difference is the stage of their existence.” In spite of the contrast in narrative between these two publications the pair are identifiable as works by Roxane. Each element is illustrated with a thin black line, filled with her signature sweet pastel colour palette.
One project which best represents Roxane’s style and disposition as an illustrator is Duos, singular image comic strips that display a comical twist on recognisable pairs. The illustrator’s subtle use of humour displays her own personality but uses an identifiable pair for the audience such as a mouse and cheese. In the background the base of the story is told, a mouse’s ears peak over the table. Layered on top is the counterpart to the story in the foreground, a humorous nibbling of the cheese. Another project, Polyorama uses a similar structural concept for Roxane’s comic strips, placing two whole images on top of each other that separately display parts of the narrative.
Roxane’s imaginative use of narrative allows her work to be appreciated globally, as well as her illustrative skill making each piece a delight to look at.
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