Tiffany’s review

Thank you Tiffany for your review !
“I ordered a pop art portrait as a gift for my niece who is obsessed with selfies. Marion was amazing to work with. She answered all my questions and even helped me with my picture selection to ensure the portrait was exactly what I wanted. I was a little hesitant shopping around because my idea was to print the portrait onto a 30 x 30 canvas but it turned out perfect. I would highly recommend Marion & look forward to working with her again.”

Selfie pop art portrait
Selfie pop art portrait

Shannon’s review

A cat custom pop art portrait for Shannon’s friend.
Thank you Shannon for sending me this picture and for your cool review. I’m glad that your friend liked the portrait!

“I had Marion make a print for a friend who lost a pet and it turned out phenomenal. This is such a unique, thoughtful and affordable gift idea. I had a bunch of questions at first and she answered them promptly and patiently. The fast delivery exceeded my expectations. Support this cool artist!”

Cat pop art portrait

Pop Art wedding portrait

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Pop art wedding portrait

Two months ago, I created a portrait for a beautiful couple. They were getting married in a place that has some original Andy Warhol portrait and wanted me to create a portrait that could match the atmosphere.

The bride-to-be sent me some pictures of the place and we agreed on a shade of light blue and green.

You can see the result on top and below!

I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

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Pop art wedding portrait

Life in Japan – working as a bartender

Soooooooooo……. I’ve been in Japan for over 7 months now and I haven’t given much news.

Well to say the truth I basically spend most of my time working. I work as a bartender since 5 months, I’m also a private French and English teacher (very easy for a foreigner to be an English teacher here, even for French people) and I work from time to time for a video game company (coolest job ever). And of course I’m still working on my graphic design projects – many things to be done…

I’m based in Osaka, in a guest-house called Orange house with a bunch of French, Germans, Spanish, Americans and Japanese people (but mainly Frenchies here). Not on the same room fortunately!

The good thing is that it’s easy to meet people, the bad thing is that I speak French most of the time. Ahah !

About my bartender work. I’ve worked 5 months in an International bar, owned by an American. Most of our costumers are Japanese people who want to practice their English with us (the staff). Quite a good thing since I still don’t understand Japanese (but I’m slowly improving).

Bartender in japan
Bartender in Japan

It’s interesting to meet Japanese people that way. They have a way to go to bars very different from the westerners. I was very surprised at first to see people coming to the bar alone and talking to whoever they will meet inside. Sometimes there’s only me inside so they’ll talk to me. 80% are regular customers so I know them, no problems. If I don’t know them, I’ll start conversation by introducing myself and saying that I’m French. Most of the time they’ll look surprised and will get very excited by that and asking me questions. The first question in usually “when did you arrive in Japan?”. I don’t know why but it’s always the first question. The second question can be “where are you from in France?”. Then I say that I’m from Bordeaux, the city of red wine. And I add “but I hate wine”. Good start for another conversation, and it always work! They always look surprise (but, then, Japanese love to look surprised).

That's me on my first day, pretending to make a cocktail
That’s me on my first day, pretending to make a cocktail

After a while, let’s say after 5 or 10 minutes of conversation, I know another question will soon arrive: “how old are you?”. Yep they love this question. I think it has to do with the fact that it’s difficult for them to read the age on a westerners face. When I say I’m 31, they look more surprised than ever. And…. this is when the tricky part arrive… Most of them stop here but I know what’s on their minds. They are thinking “Hmm, she’s 31 but she just arrived in Japan, she’s certainly not married, how come?”. It’s better to explain that in Japan most of women get married on their 20s. For a woman, not being married in Japan when you are 30 or over is very surprising. Some dare to ask me if I’m married or not, and I say that I’m not and that I don’t want to be married because I want to travel the world and because I don’t want children anyway. I had one customer advising me to get married soon before my “value” start decreasing (understand: before I’m too old ahah).

When they are done asking me questions, I start asking them questions. I usually ask what kind of job they do and if they work long hours. Well… let’s say that I don’t envy Japanese men’s life. It’s not rare for them to work from 7AM until 7PM… 6 days a week. And sometimes they need to go out with customers during the evening. Let’s add that they only have 1 week of holiday each year. And sometimes they can not take 1 full week but only 1 day from time to time. Most of them never travel outside Japan (difficult with no holidays…). Despite that, they are always very kind and polite. Japanese will never directly complain about their life (or about anything).

We also have a lot of salarymen (Japanese white-collar worker ). They, on the contrary, will come in a group, with their co-workers and still wearing their suits and ties. They drink a lot and very quickly. At one point the boss will stand up and decide that it’s time to go home. Immediately all the other will stand up, pay for their drinks and leave. It doesn’t matter if one just ordered a new drink, they will all go home, leaving their drinks empty, half empty or still full on the table.

A particularity in Japan: you don’t tip waiters. Instead you can buy them drinks. Yep, you understand, I get free drinks in my work. Well not everyday. But It happens that I get 3 drinks during the same night (with alcohol of course, so I drink very slowly…). It’s sometimes cool but sometimes strange. Sometimes I feel like I want to drink, because the person who wants to buy me a drink is nice, because I’m bored, because etc and sometimes I don’t want to. I don’t like to feel that I have to drink, but I don’t like to be disrespectful (it’s not polite to say no in Japan). I usually solve this contradiction by having a coke or orange juice instead. ^^

I want to write more things about my life in Japan and my work. It’s time for me to be back on my website! The next post, later this week, will be about my travels in Japan.

Enjoy your weekend!

Japan 1 : the Streets of Osaka

5 semaines que je suis au Japon sans donner de nouvelles…. Honte à moi!

Difficile de savoir par quoi commencer.

Autant commencer par ce qu’on voit en premier: les rues du Japon, du moins d’Osaka.

Et puisqu’il faut bien choisir une première photo… les distributeurs de bière dans les rues! Ils ont pleins, pleins, pleins de distributeurs de boissons. Même dans les quartiers résidentiels. La plupart sont pour des sodas, mais certains sont remplis de canettes de bières.

Pour autant on ne voit jamais personne de bourrés juste à coté. Ce n’est pas le style des Japonais de se rendre malade dans la rue.

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Des photos des petits quartiers tranquilles du Japon. Ce n’est pas trop ce qu’on montre du Japon habituellement. Je vis dans un de ces quartiers, juste à coté d’un coin très animé. En quelques secondes on passe d’une rue commerçante avec buildings à une rue très calme où peu de voitures passent.

Il reste quelques maisons traditionnelles en bois qui ont survécu. Les autres petites maisons ont toutes des styles différents. C’est assez surprenant, quand on vient au Japon pour la première fois, qu’il n’y ai aucune cohérence entre les bâtiments. Il ne faut pas s’attendre à trouver un centre historique comme on peut le voir dans les villes françaises. Mais après un moment on finit par se prendre au charme de ce genre de quartier. Par contre les quartiers de buildings; je ne m’y suis pas encore habituée.

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Personnellement je préfère les quais de Paris !

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Les chouettes articles de la blogosphère !

Bonjour tout le monde !

Voilà un petit moment que je n’ai pas posté et pourtant il s’en est passé des choses ! Mon arrivée au Japon il y a 3 semaines, l’installation à Osaka dans une chouette guesthouse. Mon petit studio est de style japonais avec futon, tatamis et table basse (kokatsu même – table chauffante typique du Japon). C’est sympa, mais ça fait mal au dos ! ^^ Je vous enverrai bien des photos mais – évidemment – c’est déjà le bordel chez moi !

Pour le moment je n’ai pas réussi à prendre du temps pour faire beaucoup de visites. Bon je me suis tout de même inscrite à la salle de sport, on va dire que c’est un début.

Du coup ce post ne sera pas sur le Japon mais sur les chouettes articles que des blogueuses ont écrit sur mon travail contre un portrait personnalisé.

Si vous avez aussi un blog et que vous pensez que mon travail peut intéresser vos lecteurs, n’hésitez pas à me contacter. Je pourrais faire votre portrait en échange d’un post sur votre blog.

La fille de l’encre – portrait de style pétillant

Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun
Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun

Bright Pause – portrait de style pétillant

Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun
Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun

Portrait de style géométrique

Portrait géométrique par Marion de Lauzun
Portrait géométrique par Marion de Lauzun

The world of diouk – portrait de style pétillant

Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun
Portrait pétillant par Marion de Lauzun

Decocrush – portrait de style indien

Indien portrait par Marion de Lauzun
Indien portrait par Marion de Lauzun

Le Magalire – portrait de style papillons en nuance de rose

Portrait papillons par Marion de Lauzun
Portrait papillons par Marion de Lauzun

Birdy in the wild

La Fille à paniers

 

Once upon a time fan art

Arf, je viens juste de finir le dernier épisode de Once Upon a Time.

Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas: je vous le conseille vivement!

Enfin il faut aimer les classiques de Disney. Tous les personnages sont inspirés des contes de fées et de leur adaptation par Disney: Blanche Neige, Mulan, Pinocchio, Cendrillon, etc. Tous se retrouvent coincés dans notre monde suite à une malédiction et ils ne se souviennent pas de leur véritable identité.

Ce qui j’aime surtout dans cette série c’est que les femmes sont traitées à égalité avec les hommes: elles sont fortes, indépendantes et savent se battre. C’est bien souvent Blanche Neige qui va sauver son Prince par exemple.

Je me suis lancée dans un fan art de Emma Swan (la fille de Blanche Neige et Prince Charmant) joué par Jennifer Morrison.

Le personnage est dans une situation où elle peut tomber du “mauvais coté de la force” et devenir une méchante ou alors réussir à rester un héro. D’où le coté bon et le coté méchant.

Qu’en pensez vous?

Emma Swan fan Art Once Upon a Time
Emma Swan fan Art Once Upon a Time

J’ai aussi fait Captain Hook. Même si c’était plutôt un essai par rapport à l’acteur Colin O’Donoghue et pas forcément le personnage.

Colin O'Donoghue Hook fan art
Colin O’Donoghue Hook fan art

Votez Elsa !

Votez Elsa !

Entre elle et – hem – tous les autres, le choix est vite fait… Et je vote Anna premier ministre !

Avec une belle affiche de style Barack Obama Hope, je pense que la victoire est proche !
I had fun today creating a political poster for Queen Elsa from Frozen.
Custom “HOPE” portraits available on my Etsy shop
Send me a photo of your girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, yourself, your pet, your bike, anything you’d like,and I will turn them into a politician !

Queen Elsa Barack Obama Hope poster