Fieldworkfail Book

Fieldwork Fails are stories of failures shared by scientists working on the field!

  • I illustrated some of these stories and I’m now working on a illustrated book collecting them!
  • If you want to discover the project, the page of the Kickstarter is still there for presenting the book (even if you can’t participate anymore)
  • But you can still pre-order the book here until it gets printed!



News of February + Illustration process

Hey everyone ! I hope everything is fine for you!

On the model of last month, here are some news about the book with some explanations about how I work. With more colors this time!


It was the focus of the month ! (as it will be next month)

book illustrations

I currently work mostly on the right-hand pages, which contain testimonies of the scientists.

How I work

1) I cut the text in blocks, leaving space between them, and I draw a few sketches in this empty space

2) I set up a color palette, from the left-page illustration colors

I make this palette to have graphic consistency on the double page. I have a custom palette system to manage colors.

3) From this palette, I make a color key. A color key is a very simple version of the illustration, that gives general ambiance and colors. It’s much easier to modify the colors of a color key than a more advanced illustration.

Sometimes I also refine my rough a little bit.

4) I start to draw the illustration in silhouette. As an animator I’m used to think in “silhouette”. If the silhouette is not easy to read, the final illustration won’t be neither.

5) Then I finish, using the colors of my color key.

Also done this month

  • Jessica (english editor) continues to edit the pages (and will likely finish this week!)
  • I asked to a friend, Ninon, to edit the French version. Ninon is a skilled professional editor who wields the language with unique mastery 🙂
  • And Marta, who is spanish, will start soon the spanish translation.
  • I started to work on the french cover. English cover will also change from the Kickstarter cover.
  • I presented a few pages to french distributors. And they loved the project!
  • Finishing all illustrations
  • Finishing the translations and edits for all languages
  • Sending you a survey asking you options, shipping addresses, among other things.

See you soon !


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News about the book + Process

Hi all !

I usually don’t talk much about politics, but it seems than science has never been so politic than these last weeks. Some people just don’t trust science anymore. In a world where people (and even governments) don’t understand scientists, maybe talking about science, about human mistakes and about how scientists actually work could contribute to bridge the gab between scientists and non-scientists… I hope!

Now let’s talk about the work in progress of the fieldwork fail book ! 

The good news, I finished all rough pages of the book!

What I call rough page is the whole content of the book, before editing and color. Here’s an example.

On the same time, I worked with Jessica Groenendijk who corrects the text. I don’t speak english good enough to skip this part!

Jessica is a scientist I met in Cocha Cashu in Amazonia. She studies giant otters and write books, including children books. And she’s a perfectionist. She was the perfect person for editing texts and make sure the whole book has a consistent style. She understands well the project and is very reactive.

(by the way, I’d like to thank all people who offered me their help for editing! I appreciate a lot).

But what about seeing more the process of building these rough pages?

How I make a page

1) First I exchange emails with the scientist to ask him or her more details about their research and the story. It can be 2 emails or it can be 15 emails, or even instant messaging.

2) When I have all content I need, I sort, select and put together into one page all these pieces of text, and I draw a few sketches for the illustrations. Sometimes it’s easy, when I have a lot of short texts.

Sometimes it’s more complicated, when I have long paragraphs of text. It’s a book with a lot of illustration and the space for text is very limited. The longer the text, the more I need to cut!

3) Then I send the rough page to the scientist for feedback

4) I correct a few details on the page and then I send it back to Jessica for editing. She corrects the content so I can go to the next step -> color !

Also done this month

– Asked and received my ISBN numbers ! I’m now officially a publisher =) An ISBN number is a number used to identify any book in the world. Any book in your library has one!

– Have been in contact with distributors for the French version, and translated some pages to present the project.

– Modify the rough pages to include Jessica’s edits and scientists feedback.

– Color ! Illustration !

I will likely finish this step for all pages in March. Here is how a page looks like with illustration:

Ok that’s all! I need to keep all other things for the next news 🙂 If you like this format of news, I’ll try to make something similar at the end of the month.

Thanks again! See you soon!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you all a year 2017 full of fun discoveries, amazing observations and beautiful moments.


Old black caïman


For once, I was there! It was in Cocha Cashu, last month.

After hitting the caïman, Orlando ran back to the station. And we all went to the trail to see the caïman. He was still there. A giant, old, black caïman.


Cocha Cashu

Live from the rainforest

Hi everyone! Some news from Cocha Cashu biological station, in the magnificent rainforest of Amazonia, Peru. I was invited here by Roxana Arauco, manager of the station, after she heard about the project of my fieldwork fail illustrations.

I still continue to work on the book while here. The days are long here (I wake up with the sun and the howler monkeys at 5am) so I usually draw and/or walk the morning and advance on the fieldwork fail book during the afternoon.



Book update: Foundations

Some news about the book!

First of all, sorry for the lack of news these last weeks. I had no idea what I could show you as the areas in which I advanced were not so much visual ones.

Still I hope to give you a little insight. I’ll try to improve my communication the next weeks 🙂 (more…)

Book funded!!



We made it with 1199 backers and 32 699 € pledged!!!


Thank a lot for all your support, energy, ideas and feedback, for helped me by spreading the word about this book, among many other things! (more…)

A Fieldwork Fail animated!!


We exploded the 1000 backers milestone!!!

Wow!!! Since yesterday, it’s raining backers, so not only we reached four digit but with 1050 we’re getting closer as well to the 1080 final stretch goal!!

To thank you properly for all your support, I promised a surprise for the 1000 milestone (beyond the spanish version now available!). Here it is.

My very talented friend Geoffroy Moneyron, animator and storyboard artist, had the great idea to animate one of the fieldwork fails. He chose the story of Aditya Gangadharan and made an amazing work transforming the illustration into an animated short!

(sorry, no sound for now… I hope to make a version with sound later!)

If you’re interested by Geoffroy’s work, please follow his tumblr!

Thanks all of you for helping to reach this great step!!!


rhino fieldworkfail

(update June 28th)