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Leo Espinosa
Live the Love in Paris
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This is the second project I recently created for Monoblock as part of their Live the Love notebook series. Live the Love is a beautiful tribute to those fantastic cities that have been centers of inspiration, creativity, art and romance. Lucky me, I was asked to illustrate Paris!
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Pretty much every neighborhood in Paris says love (okay, maybe not the district of La Défense) but with its steep cobblestone streets, mansard roofs, and quaint cafes, there's nothing like Montmartre, so I chose to use it as the background for a timeless love story. This love story has two characters -four if you are a cat person-; The first one is a chic young waitress who lives on the front cover and works during the day at Café Paris. She doesn't own a cat but there's a special black kitty who visits her whenever she takes a break. She calles him Émile.
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The second one is an aspiring musician who lives on the back cover, above a small brasserie. He moved to Paris from Marseille and his only companion are his guitar and a white cat named Joséphine.
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You could see him sitting by his window for hours, looking towards the front cover as if he knew that someone really special lived around the corner. Sometimes he plays a few chords on his guitar but usually he just sits there with the sun (and a clear coat of varnish) on his face.
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The corner of the brasserie and spine of the book sits merciless in between them, allowing only short glances when the pages are rolled open.
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But it's not all impossible in this love story! Émile and Joséphine get a chance to play together all over the endpapers...
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and along every centimeter of the bookmark!
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Et voilà! Live the Love in Paris is available in many retails stores in Argentina and through the Monoblock website for the rest of the world

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