Back to le drawing board

Back in 2012, the beautiful drawing publication Le Petit Néant was launched by two Royal College of Art students looking to celebrate the art of drawing.

Gone swimmin'
Gone swimmin’

The magazine features no text, instead focussing on entirely ‘self-sufficient’ drawings to ‘create infinite reading possibilities’, according to co-founders editor Miguel Angel Valdivia, and Italian student Giulia Garbin, responsible for the magazine’s great design.

The publication cover
The publication cover

With the second issue, the founders went on something of a self-reflexive route, weaving an ambiguous narrative through images inspired from memory by those in the first issue.

Who you lookin' at?
Who you lookin’ at?

‘This second edition continues the path undertaken a year ago, exploring the world of wordless visual storytelling. It is therefore a silent invitation addressed
to the readers (or viewers): follow me, as Alice followed the white rabbit, in a dreamt world’, say the founders.

‘The drawings of Le Petit Néant do not tell a story, they work as triggers for the imagination which liberates infinite number of stories. The reader becomes then actor and narrator.’

A beautiful monochrome spread
A beautiful monochrome spread

Artists with work featured in the second edition include Marie Jacotey, Tilo Baumgartel, Andrzej Klimovski, Chris Bianchi, Pierre Seinturier, Alexis de Raphelis, Miguel Angel Valdivia, Thomas Dowse, Giacomo Nanni, Luca Caimmi and Giacomo Monti, with many others.

Le Petit Néant will be launched on 6 March at Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A and is available on the website http://www.lepetitneant.com/

Le Petit Ne´ant poster
Le Petit Ne´ant poster

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