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Fri-llustrator-day #41

'Les Musiciens' – illustration by Lionel Koechlin.

For this week’s Fri-llustrator-day we stay in France. And why not? The weather’s lovely here, I’ve just opened a nice bottle of red, and I find my thoughts drifting to another of my favourtite illustrators, Paris-based Lionel Koechlin, who I first discovered when he illustrated the sleeve of Genesis’ tenth album Duke way back in 1980.

Cover of 'Argenteuil En Seine' by Lionel Koechlin.

For over 30 years he’s been making beautiful, quirky drawings since his work first appeared in Rock & Folk and Le Monde. Other publications who have come knocking at his drawing board include National Geographic France, Libération, Les Echos, Enjeux, Eltern and The New Yorker. He is equally well known for his children’s books, clocking up over 80 titles, some of which have been translated into Japanese, Spanish and German.

'Nouvelle Sexualité' – illustration by Lionel Koechlin.

He has also entered the world of animation as his Entre chien et chat has been turned into a cartoon series by Canal+ and another of his books ‘Le Père Noêl est sans rancune’ has been animated by TF1 France. Monsieur K doesn’t have his own web site, but take a look at the Lionel Koechlin portfolio on Le Crayon if you want to see more.

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