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Montreal Croissant Festival

May 3, 2014

Today was the Montreal Croissant Festival. A magical day when bakeries all across the city put forward their most flaky buttery crescent shaped delicacies – for only $1 a piece! Well ok, if you want the chocolate ones, or the maple bacon – that might run you a bit extra. But for basic melt in your mouth croissants – today is the day for stocking up.


We tried out a range of almond and maple choices at Marius et Fanny, and couldn’t resist a second stop at Les Co’Pains D’Abord after meeting their friendly Croissant Girl with her basket of free samples. Brilliant marketing apparently, because they were jam packed. I needed the long walk home after five croissant in one morning.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2014 11:00 PM

    Reblogged this on anjaanlaraki's Blog.

  2. May 3, 2014 11:01 PM

    Wow it sounds nice I am.listening about it first tym n it really vry delicious occasion m I right…..

  3. Anne permalink
    May 3, 2014 11:01 PM

    Love your being in the moment – capturing the scene – while most of us (I’d wager) would just keep on eating free samples.

  4. May 3, 2014 11:21 PM

    I especially like this one. Made my mouth water! Good job. ps. I see some grey “ghostly” images, almost as if there was another drawing before. Was that purposeful?

  5. May 4, 2014 8:13 AM

    What a super capture, Marc. A wonderful journal memory.

  6. May 4, 2014 10:53 AM

    Hey Amy – this image is five sketchbook spreads laid out together in a collage :) You can even see the seam of the book on the right there. So the ghost images are drawings on the back of the paper, showing through the scan. I kind of enjoy these artifacts of the process, so I leave them in.

  7. May 5, 2014 2:56 AM

    Wow, absolutely love this. And now I want a croissant!

  8. Carlos permalink
    May 5, 2014 8:20 AM

    This is just FABULOUS!….

    Great, great, great work here.
    I really love to see the almost realist face of that lady and all the rest remains as reinforcing her presence and what she was going to show to us… and the left croissant is sooo tenting with a really simple but nice tea-cup to enjoy our senses.


  9. Carlos permalink
    May 5, 2014 8:25 AM

    By the way, what kind of colour pencil (?) did you use for this particular sketch?

    I have been trying a 6B pencil but I realized it starts to dirt all over the page, so I could not rest my hands on the paper in order to avoid loosing my sketches.
    So, even if you are not using a pencil for this kind of sketch (I would like to know that), what kind of pencil do you recommend for a sketch like this one of yours? Or do you only use a pen?


    • May 5, 2014 6:37 PM

      Actually, there’s no pencil at all – I’m using a fountain pen with water-soluble ink (brand: Lamy). It’s not that I never do pencil – but sometimes (these days) I feel it’s too slow to pencil then come back with ink when you’re capturing people on the fly. I reccomend studetns pencil-then-ink over top (and erase the pencil after) – but only until they are confident enough to go right in with ink. When I do I use pencil line (say if I’m going to paint over it) I use HB 0.7mm mechanical pencil – and if I have to put my hand back over the line I often bridge with my pinky – (pinky down on a clean spot, nothing else touching – a little ‘hand monopod’.

  10. May 5, 2014 9:53 PM

    I wish I had your ability to convey atmosphere. I swear I can smell and hear your pieces with my eyes.

  11. Carlos permalink
    May 5, 2014 11:07 PM

    Thank you for your help here!
    I am going to see and buy one of those fountain pen (I have a mechanical ink pen, but I think it is not the same or will not give me the same result as yours)

    I will keep seeing your blog. Impressive :)

  12. Carlos permalink
    May 6, 2014 7:26 PM

    Hi Marc.

    I have another question that is intriguing me right now: since you use a water-soluble ink pen, how do you manage that your lines are not banished/erased when you start colouring your drawings using watercolour?

    Paying enough attention, I can see the the plate and the croissant lines a little blurred/blended (right bottom of the sketch), so these lines are “lost”

    (BTW, do you have any of your work printed as a physical book?)

  13. May 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    Yeee! Excellent work! Show me da bread! Love your art work – such skill!

  14. bluerock {aka debrazone} permalink
    May 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    I LOVE the freedom expressed in your drawing style! I’ve become a big fan. – deb

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