A poignant illustration by the French London based Illustrator, Lucille Clerc has gone viral on the web. The drawing, which was originally thought to be by Banksy is a response to the terror attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which took place yesterday. Thousands of Banksy fans have shared this over one of the many Banksy fan sites. The image was posted via Instagram yesterday and has since been shared by over 150,000 people.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Communication Design Lucille Clerc has been working mainly within the field of editorial design and illustration, occasionally also realising interior and exhibition spaces. It is mainly handcrafted from drawing to printing. “A lot of my personal work is inspired by London, especially the East where I’ve been living for about 7 years. It’s a little world in itself, puzzled, mixed, random, yet coherent, and the derelict buildings and local shops of my neighbourhood became recurrent characters”.
The Charlie Hebdo staff members killed in the shooting were attending an editorial meeting. They included the economist Bernard Maris, the prominent cartoonists Wolinski and Cabu, Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier and cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, Eight journalists also died along with a caretaker and a visitor when masked men armed with assault rifles stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices. Eleven people were also wounded, some seriously. A spokesperson for Banksy stated, “We can confirm this drawing is not by Banksy.”