Spring has finally arrived here in Brooklyn, and with it, comes a new breed of French tourists: the illustration bloggers.
Just like any other tourists, they go to Broadway shows, binge on cupcakes, donuts and pretzels, take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, raid the Converse store and spend three paychecks in a matter of a couple of days.
Along the way however, French illustration bloggers doodle, sketch and capture what make NYC and Brooklyn exotic and unique in their eyes. They also provide their readership with useful tips about the city.
One of the first to chronicle her NYC adventure was Sanaa.K, a street-wise, shopping-fiend blogger who started putting her illustration online a couple years ago, when she was still in high school. During her trip, she stayed in a hostel in Brooklyn (notice the slightly idealized version of shingle houses in the background of her drawing), took a nap on the beach in Coney Island, biked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and corrected a couple of preconceived notions that the French have about New York and New Yorkers.
Penelope Bagieu, a veteran in the illustration blogging scene, spent 4 days in NYC last week and just posted her own version of the perfect NYC experience. It includes: a mani-pedi, lots of museums, watching Game of Thrones live, the Brooklyn Bridge (bien sur!), toasted marshmallow milkshakes, and a Dumont burger washed down with a retro-looking Brooklyn lager in Williamsburg.
Other noteworthy illustration bloggers: