If you’ve viewed the art on UrbanSketchers.org chances are you will have seen the lovely sketches of Lapin. He works in ledger books so column lines in red and blue printed ink show through the delicate colors of his ink and watercolor sketches.
Periodically he has compiled these into journal facsimiles so that the reader can take a closer peak into his sketchbook as he travels.
He’s just released a new facsimile called Paris, je t’aime and it’s marvelous. The book is approximately 8.5 x 6.5 inches (landscape format). It’s the perfect size to hold and flip through, to follow the artist as he makes his way across Paris sketching what catches his eye.
I’m sorry I didn’t know in advance that he was doing a lottery that I could have told you about. I found out about the book from a French friend and was able to order the book through Amazon in the US.
The book covers a 30 day sketching visit when the artist returned to Paris. It’s the best type of “travel” sketchbook because you feel as if you are actually seeing the city with the artist. You’ll see landmarks and tourist points, and out of the way places you’d probably miss unless you had a French friend to show you around. You’ll also see sketches of his friends and other people he meets. All of the sketches were made on location.
This is a beautiful book.
If you love sketchbooks and visual journals, if you love travel, if you love Paris, I really think you want to take a little trip there now with Lapin and see it through his eyes. I think you’ll be entertained and inspired.