WHIMSICAL & MAGICAL: Coucou Illustrations

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Looking at the gentle washes of colour by 21 year old French illustrator Cecile, aka COUCOU_ILLUSTRATOR, on subjects like pugs, foxes, flowers and more really makes my heart happy. So young, fresh and talented! I’m deciding on a purchase, but can’t decide which one as they are all just so lovely!

coucou illustrations

On her illustrations Cecile says, “I post my illustrations on social media under the name ‘Coucou Illustrations’.’Coucou’ is a French word I always use to say hi, (it is a bit childish, but I love it!). I find it kind and warm and comforting. I really wanted my illustrations to get the feeling of friendliness and happiness, so I decided to use this name. I really enjoy faded colours, simple shapes and patterns – though, once in a while, I like to let aside my watercolours and use my coloured pencils for a bolder, more colourful drawing. I also like to play with black and white drawings and add bits of colour here and there, to let some elements pop out. I like to think my drawings can sometimes look like old pictures, with these greyish colours. At least, that’s what I try to create most of the time!”

I rounded up some of the ones I really love – take a peek!

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(I love this one as a gentle reminder to take time to contemplate life and enjoy a cup of tea)

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(I remember we had typing as a compulsory subject in grade 9 which was so boring except for our introduction where our teacher belted out the music for IPI TOMBI as it had good rhythm to type to – how funny!)

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(Say it with flowers)

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(Life is a bowl of cherries… or strawberries are just as good!)

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(In my head I see stars and flowers; the eternal optimist)

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(Imagine this as wallpaper – nice huh!)

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(Pug love!)

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(What could be nicer than a fresh bowl of strawberries?)

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(My favourite animal)

(Teepees remind me of summer holidays spent in Vermaaklikheid where the house overflowed with people, so a teepee was erected every holiday to accommodate the kids)

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(This one reminds me of my mother’s jerseys she would knit for my dad – splashes of colour woven together with intricate patterns)

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(A handful of flowers)

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(How lovely are these characters! I always wanted to be a trapeze artist in a circus as it seemed so glam and thrilling, but we moved to a small town so my dreams stayed in my head)

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