Antoine Cossé creates his elegant illustrations and comics with a variety of lines, moving from bold, imposing strikes of black ink to more delicate touches.
Whether Antoine is working on a commissioned piece, developing a new narrative for his personal work or drafting a new print, the foundation remains in his strong pen and ink drawings.
As he describes, the stages he goes through will alter slightly depending on the type of work he is doing, so it is important to have a good self-understanding of what processes work best for him and went to implement them.
“I am a cartoonist and illustrator. I use mainly a Rotring pen to do the first draft, then black ink and watercolours that I scan and do the rest with the computer.”
“I use the digital a bit more than I used to nowadays. I then colour the whole thing on the computer.”
“I take a lot of inspiration from photographs that I have generally on my desk while I draw.”
“For comics, it’s quite a quick job to do the first step and very slow to finish, so I generally listen to music or a podcast while doing it, while slowly going through it.”
“Comics and illustration are a very different practice so it is nice to alternate the two. One I have to come up with the narrative and the other one I have to illustrate someone else’s, and the time frame is obviously a lot shorter for an illustration.”