French artist Charles Leval is giving Parisians a wonderful chance to pause from their hectic lives through engagement of their visual sense by subtly integrating his interesting set of narrative art into urban structures found in the streets of Paris. By using black-and-white life size figures, Charles aims to stimulate the minds of the viewers, who could be both residents of the city and travelers alike. “My task is to adapt each image to the physical limitations of the urban space through a kind of staging or dramatization,” he says.
The process of laying out all his narrative art involves the main use of India ink, to which Charles draw his images inside his studio, before plastering all of his diverse character creations into random walls, doors and ledges all over Paris. Charles describes it in a simplified method “First I spot a location, then I take some measurements and make a note of any other details about the place,” he says. “Next, I think of an overall plan and I draw the various elements that I want to appear before returning to install them on site. For the drawing, I work by following a photo, so usually I get people to pose in the situations that I want to portray.” Originally, his intentions was to search for a platform to put his video installations. “I needed some place to put my installations so, I turned video into drawings, and I went to the street,” he told The Huffington Post via email.
Not long after, Charles started to invite the attention of both Parisians and travelers alike, and today, his works are being keenly followed by more than 23,000 people on his Instagram page, his medium to spread his drawings beyond the city of Paris through another art form: photography. His playful imagination gives life to his works by engagingly interacting with the city itself. The way to which his drawings of life-size images of interesting set of characters who sit, lie down, lean and do everyday stuff, blends well with the immediate environment is an testament to his finding his art and really excelling at it.
Check out some of Charles’ photographs of his street art below, to check more of his work, please follow him at @levaletdessinderue on Instagram.