This week’s #WebsiteWednesday is extra special – you might have already even spotted this amazing artist and website yourself!
Last week, CNET’s Stephen Shankland tweeted his .xyz discovery in the wild:
First .xyz domain I found in the wild without looking for it: Artist Charles Levalet. Fantastic street art in Paris. http://t.co/mxz5bQVNP4
— Stephen Shankland (@stshank) April 8, 2015
Charles Leval, aka Levalet, is a 27-year old street artist from northeastern France. His recent work covers the streets of Paris with his hand drawn characters that interact with the urban architecture. Levalet shared his art with the online world through Levalet.org, which he now moved to Levalet.xyz. On his newly designed portfolio site, he is certainly capturing more fans throughout the world!
Does his art look familiar to you? That’s because Levalet was recently featured in huge outlets like Huffington Post, Visual News, the Laughing Squid, and even on the main Instagram account where he racked in 615,000 likes!
French artist Charles Leval, also known as “Levalet” (@levaletdessinderue), is bringing new narratives to the streets of Paris with life-size black-and-white figures. “My task is to adapt each image to the physical limitations of the urban space through a kind of staging or dramatization,” he says. Charles uses India ink to draw his images in his studio, then pastes the characters onto places like walls, ledges and doors across the city. “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.” Photo by @levaletdessinderue
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If you want to read more about Levalet, we recommend checking out this article on Smash from a few weeks back
On another exciting note, while we were researching through everything Levalet, we also experienced a .xyz meta moment of sorts. Another .xyz site called Alter Minds, which blogs about art, culture, history, and even about hyperrealistic paintings of greasy hamburgers (what?!) also featured Levalet’s artwork! That’s a .xyz reporting on another .xyz. How exciting is that?