French Artist’s Drawing Unites Others in Wake of Tragedy

Photo courtesy of: linkis.com

Photo courtesy of: linkis.com

After hearing news of the Paris attacks, Jean Jullien, a French artist, created an illustration combining the Eiffel Tower and the peace sign that has inspired other artists to make similar works of art.

“It was the most spontaneous thing. I heard the news on the radio, and I had this heartfelt reaction. I wanted to draw something that could symbolize peace and solidarity, and I wanted something with the context of Paris,” Jullien stated, according to cnn.com.

Unlike other works of art that can take weeks to years to complete, Jean Jullien’s drawing was instantaneous. “It took me a minute, maybe. It was done on my lap, on a very loose sketchbook, with a brush and ink,” stated Jullien.

“I didn’t do any sketches. It was a reaction. The first thing that came to me was the idea of peace, that we needed peace, Jullien explained, according to adweek.com. I was trying to look for a symbol of Paris, and obviously the Eiffel Tower was the first thing that sprang to my mind. I just connected both of them. You know, there wasn’t much work process behind that. It was more an instinctive, human reaction than an illustrator’s reaction,” Jullien added.

Jean Jullien does not care about the fame the image has brought him, but how the image has been useful for everyone even if they are not in Paris, as reported wired.com.

“That’s the beauty of an image; people can see what they can see. And if it helps with their faith, than I’m fine with that. But it wasn’t designed this way. What I hope is that in the wake of tragedy, there is a symbol of peace, unity and something positive. Instead of just anger, there is hope,” Jean Jullien expressed, according to cnn.com.