Location: Paris, France.
Duration: Three years.
Education: After an attempt at studying physics, I went to art school in Lyon, where I studied illustration for four years.
Influences: For the past few years I’ve focused on developing my black-and-white scratchboard technique, and my influences have expanded to engraving masters of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, like Gustave Doré, Käthe Kollwitz and Goya, and pen-and-ink illustrators like Franklin Booth. I have also been strongly influenced by The X-Files—with which I grew up and which I rewatch on a regular basis— and David Lynch’s body of work.
Big break: My first real job, a cover for an anthology of short stories, was given to me by Jonathan Oliver at Solaris, and since then I’ve had a somewhat steady stream of work.
Technique: I work exclusively with scratchboard for my final artwork, but I work digitally for all the preliminary phases of my illustrations, like brainstorming, thumbnailing and sketching.
Work environment: I live in the rainy suburbs of Paris, where I work from my home studio, which I share with my dog.
Philosophy: I place a strong focus on atmosphere and mood in an attempt to create powerful, evocative images that resonate with the viewer.