Welcome to a new feature here: Francophone Fridays! Every week, I'll feature artwork by one of many French (and French-speaking) artists I follow, on Facebook and elsewhere. I'm astonished by how much talent is coming from that part of the world, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with everyone.
After the cut: Suddenly, a savage French comic artist appears!
It occurs to me that I didn't give Enalizarine much of an
introduction when I shared some art by her a few weeks back. She comes
from northeastern France, has been drawing for years, and has been
building a following on Facebook while developing her style. Unlike many
of the artists I've been following, she focuses heavily on her original
characters and settings, with the occasional self-portrait or drawing
of her friends. I really like her line work and use of color.
recent self-portrait is a nice example of her style. There's a story
behind it as well: Enalizarine had been growing her hair out for years
(about halfway down her back in a photo I've seen of her). She decided
to get it cut, as it was getting unwieldy and uncomfortable in the
summer heat. (Apparently, her friends and family formed "teams" based on
whether they thought she should cut it or leave it long!) Instead of
throwing the cut hair away, though, she's held on to it and plans to
donate it to a group that makes wigs for cancer patients undergoing
chemotherapy. Many years ago, I also had very long hair, but I decided
to have it cut off when I auditioned for Jeopardy some years
back. I didn't get on the show, but the place where I had the haircut
done donated my hair to a similar charity here in the States, so it was
worth it. I was impressed by Enalizarine's story, and I thank her for
letting me share it.
Art © 2016 Enalizarine. Your best bet for keeping up with her current art and works in progress is on her Facebook page, though be warned that some writer guy has been popping up in her comments lately. Her Tumblr site has a nice selection of her more recent work, and her DeviantArt page focuses on her older art.