Lesser artists cringe, turning paint-stained pants away from the dark figure in the doorway.
He enters, returned after a long journey to find his banquet hall full of miscreants and vagabonds who merely pose at craftsmanship. He bares a shining sword. No one says a word. A few ragged beggars begin to file toward the door.
I’m not sure how to transition from that gripping intro to the normal blog post. Really it was just a dumb joke based on the fact that his name sounds like Ulysses and his blog/portfolio is called Oddysey. Just forget it.
Ulysse Malassagne is an artist and storyteller from France with a wonderfully loose and imaginative style.
He’s perhaps best known for writing and illustrating the graphic novel series Kairos, which was launched with a very cool book trailer (animation directed by Malassagne).
The first two volumes of Kairos are currently available, with one more to come. To my shame, I don’t have the money to buy any of them. Hopefully I’ll scrape together some cash later this summer.
Ulysse Malassagne, Kairos Tome 2, 2014
Ulysse Malassagne, Kairos Tome 1, 2014
There’s been a movement in the past few years towards what I’ll call the “Really-Fast-And-Quick-And-Sort-Of-Crap” school of drawing, embodied and largely inspired by the show, Adventure Time. I have a beef with this school simply because (1) it has so many followers, and (2) it’s not visually rich.
But I love loose artists. Loose doesn’t necessarily mean “Sort-Of-Crap”, any more than it indicates a lack of effort, and Ulysse Malassagne is a prime example of a loose style, executed well.
Looking through Malassagne’s work, I get a sense of his genius for character, setting, and tone. As he tells stories that can only be told with pictures, his work takes on some of the rampantly original flavor of Miyazaki. If we were to cut this guy open, we might find liquid creativity in the place of viscera.