Q & A with Victor Hussenot

Victor Hussenot, the creative talent behind the Nobrow graphic novel The Spectators. Victor studied the Fine Arts in Nancy (France) and now lives and works in the capital, Paris.

Q1: Where did the concept for The Spectators come from?

The idea of ​​Spectators came from the identification of a link between several stories I had written. I realised all my thoughts were based on the observation of a town.

Q2: Your artwork is spectacular, can you describe the process?

Thank you! I worked in several stages. First text then the storyboard, then I pencilled boards. Only at the end did the realization of watercolour appear on the final boards. But I wanted all the stories to be connected visually as well. That is why the person embodies each role, the mind / actor. The true character of the story is his shadow,

Q3: What’s next for Victor Hussenot?

I am preparing a comic that will be a reflection on time … And following the comic book output in Chronicles “The Land of lines”.

Q4: Where do you find your inspiration? Which illustrators do you admire?

The inspiration of my life come mainly from questions I ask myself about the world, about life. But also of philosophy, film, comics and illustration.

I am greatly influenced by Albert Camus or in other areas, Eric Rohmer, Bergman, Fritz Lang, for example. Or, André Juillard Francois Ayroles, the publishing house “The association”.

Check out these photographs of Victors creative process – there are some lovely imagaes of early sketches.

The Spectators by Victor Hussenot

I am proud to present this AMAZING graphic novel to my readers. If you haven’t heard of Nobrow before, they are an independent platform for graphic art, illustration and art comics. They started business in 2008 and since then have made a name for themselves as a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content in print publishing.

You’re probably familiar with their children’s books, published under the name of Flying Eye Books.

I’ve said it many times before and I will say it countless more… I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of everything they do!

Marvel at the mesmerising illustrations by Victor Hussenot.

What if we are merely shadows, our characters defined by a simple inflection of light? The realm of possibilities opens up, because in our world we are nothing but spectators.

The Spectators unfolds as a poetic and philosophical introspection on the nature of man. Hussenot’s palette is awash with subtle colour, gently carrying the narrative and allowing the reader to envelop themselves in the lyricism of the work. Reminiscent of French New Wave cinema with its clipped dialogue, gentle pacing and departure from a classic narrative structure, The Spectators is an exciting new graphic novel.

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Image by Victor Hussenot