Friday, March 1, 2013

Delightfully Dark Art: Seb Mesnard

Child of Woe (Wednesday Addams) by Seb Mesnard
















I've had a love of illustration since I was a little kid, and for me, one of the most fun parts of this online world is being exposed to artists whom I would otherwise never have come across. After recently doing a bit of googling and reverse image searching, trying to find the source for a Halloween picture I had seen on Pinterest, I discovered the blog, Little White Bat, and the wonderful work of French artist, Seb Mesnard.

Eddie Munster and Edward Scissorhands





Not only am I smitten with Seb Mesnard's illustrative style, but I also adore the subjects he chooses for his artworks. Of course, being the huge fan of The Addams Family that I am, his drawing of Wednesday caught my eye instantly.

ParaNorman and Frankenweenie

Both Child of Woe (Wednesday Addams) and The Wolfies (Eddie Munster and his doll, Woof-Woof) are part of the Munsters vs Addams Exhibition at Susanita's Little Gallery. See more of Seb Mesnard's art at Little White Bat.



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    1. Hi pensive,

      Yes, there's some nice Gorey-esque crosshatching going on in his illustrations.

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  2. Enjoyable images dear Lady Emma...

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    1. Thanks, Dr. Theda! I especially love the Wednesday Addams picture... naturally! :)

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  3. Awwwww, Eddie! :o)

    Wednesday looks like the kind of little girl you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, doesn't she? :D

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    1. Hi Insomniac's Attic,

      Yes, Eddie looks a lot sweeter than Wednesday. She's more of a petulant Wednesday than a woeful one, I'd say. :)

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  4. Do you own a lot of these types of illustrations? I know you have featured some very cool illustrations like this in the past. I was wondering if there was an "Emma Room" at your house where you display them?

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    1. Hi Mark,

      Oh, I WISH I had an "Emma Room" with walls covered in illustrations! Haha. If I ever get that Gothic mansion I've dreamed of, it must definitely have an "Emma Room"! ;) I did recently splurge on the Charles Addams print of the Addams Family pouring boiling oil, from the rooftop of their house, onto the Christmas carollers below them. I haven't had a chance to get it framed yet, but I'm so excited that I finally own some Charles Addams art! :)

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  5. You introduce me to the most wonderful art!
    I just bought another Gris Grimly book, but it looks like I've got more to add to my shopping list.
    Black and white drawings just have this elegant creepiness about them, especially when combined with only a splash of colour.

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    1. Aww... thanks for saying that, Laury! ❤ My "Things I Covet" list is getting longer by the day too! ;)

      I completely agree with you! I love black and white illustrations with just a touch of colour (especially red) to make them pop. I'm a huge fan of the Mid Century illustrations that just used black and white plus one other colour.

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  6. Love the one with Edward Scissorhands, super cute!

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    1. Hi Ms Misantropia,

      Yes, Edward is adorable and there are lots of lovely little details in that picture when you examine it at a larger size.

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    1. Hi Nightwind,

      Definitely! I'm so glad I stumbled upon his work.

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  8. Wowza, Seb has a fantastic and extremely eye-catching style. Love the pic of Wednesday!! :)

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    1. Hi Maynard,

      Yes, Wednesday's my favourite, for obvious reasons! ;) He does amazing animation background art and book illustrations too. There was so much to choose from but I decided to go with some of his pop culture tributes.

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  9. I really like art that has a spooky or dark subject matter but comes across as cute or friendly. Nice find! His Edward Scissorhands is adorable!

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    1. Hi Justine,

      Yes, I always like the combination of creepy and cute too! Seb Mesnard was curator of an 'Edward Scissorhands' art exhibition in Los Angeles, so he has a few Edward themed pieces.

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  10. I'm not sure how I've managed to never hear of this artist before, but I'm certainly glad I've discovered him through your blog! These are fantastic!

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    1. Hi Bronwyn,

      There are lots of other wonderful illustrations over on his blog so you should definitely check them out. :)

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