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Tourmalet | Issue 19.4 Cover Print 400 x 500 - Thomas Danthony

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French illustrator Thomas Danthony’s take on the Tour. Stillness, speed, and reflections.


Featured on the members cover of Rouleur issue 19.4. Thomas Danthony is a French artist based in London and Barcelona. Often narrative, Thomas’s work is characterised by clever use of light, bold compositions and a dose of mystery.


- 400 x 500 mm Giclée print.


- Printed on archival paper.


- Edition of 50. 25 only to be sold through Rouleur.cc


- Signed and numbered.

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"My first idea was to do something more mountain-oriented, I’m very inspired by mountains and spend a lot of time up there climbing. But I really wanted to illustrate how the bunch moves as I think this represents the essence of the tour, so in the end, I opted for a flatland scene.


I had the option to pick one of the main landmarks of the 2019 tour, so I selected Col du Tourmalet. I guess this scene is just north of the Pyrenees, but to be honest, it doesn’t need to be a specific location. My goal was more to capture the essence of the whole event to give it a more global feel.


My goal is to boil down my images to the bare minimum so it’s always a compromise between simplicity and the story I want to tell about the tour. In this illustration, I think the balance is right. I managed to keep it simple while including all the elements I wanted – the clouds, mountains and everything else.


During the sketch phase, I wanted to catch the essence of the peloton which behaves like a single body, like a swarm of bees or a shoal of fish, all individuals acting as one. So I drew it as one big shape and accentuated it with its reflection in the water.


Then I tried to add speed – it’s tricky because my illustrations are static most of the time. Even while this has some movement, it’s a snapshot of a precise moment. There’s speed but it’s still at the same time.


I drew in black and white at the beginning and spent a lot of time finding the right colours for it. I thought that would be a piece of cake, but it was actually quite challenging as I wanted to channel the feeling of summer, but also add gravity to the epic nature of the Tour.


I remember having the Tour on in the background each July as a kid. Napping in front of it too! I don’t tend to watch it anymore as I don’t have a TV, but I always keep an eye out for the results.


For more than 30 years we have not had a French winner, but I think we are kind of used to this – take Roland Garros as another example. I would like to think that the French have become excellent at supporting the best athletes, no matter where they come from."

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