Whilst at Annecy, myself and my friends went to the comic/art book shop literally every day. It's a tiny little shop with some of the best comic books Ive ever seen! (Well, we were in France after all)..
Anyway, towards the end of the trip I decided that I was going to try and find a nice comic book that I could buy. I spotted a book called "Le Gout du Chlore" (by Bastien Vives) which (I think) roughly translates as "The Taste of Chlorine" (?)
Just the cover alone caught my attention, (I do not, under any circumstances, believe in the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" It's absolutely untrue) and after flicking through a few pages I knew that I just had to buy it! The whole book is just so beautifully done. The anatomy is amazing, Vives has this organic understanding of anatomy that looks effortless. I'm not brilliant at long explanations, but all in all, the book is just amazing. Really inspiring, lovely pacing on the story, easy to follow and read, beautiful and convincing little characters, gorgeously drawn and presented. Absolutely visually stunning.
Do check it out. I really recommend it to anyone who loves anatomy or swimming or just comics in general! It's a nice one to have on your shelf. I can see myself picking it up a good few times each year if I'm looking for a bit of inspiration.
Here is the Amazon UK link if anyone's interested: http://www.amazon.co.uk/go%C3%BBt-du-chlore-Bastien-Viv%C3%A8s/dp/2203012161/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310076783&sr=8-1
So, being inspired by this comic, I started to draw lots of swimming-related sketches!!
I'm actually now obsessing over the "swimming" theme. I absolutely adore it.
There's more to come soon...