Sang Noir studio
Interview with KOA

Sang Noir is the art studio from the talented French artist Koa, which I interviewed for this blog.

Koa and I share the same French illustration representative.
I have been knowing Koa for a while since he invited me to collaborate on his illustration book called War Of Monstars book.
I invited him back to do an illustration collaboration when I was working as an art director for WAD magazine.
It’s all about collaborations baby…
In this interview the illustrator and artist tell us more about his working process and his art influences.

Koa draw his own version of Spongebob for Sang Noir

Koa draw his own version of Spongebob for Sang Noir

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Illustrator, Graphic designer and cook lover 🙂

Character design by the artist

Character design by the artist

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
my work is a world were monsters are not dark or negative. it s a world between pop surrealism and cartoon.

Black and white drawing by Koa from Sang Noir

Black and white drawing by Koa from Sang Noir

PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
I write ideas on a black book. Making a quick sketch or starting directly with ink. After i scan the black and white artwork and i colorize it in photoshop if the image need colors.

Colorful letter design

Colorful letter design

HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART
Like everybody i think. When you are in a bad humor you don t have ideas or good feeling. When you move you have more ideas. Don t stay static 🙂

Detailed artwork by Koa from Sang Noir studio

Detailed artwork by Koa from Sang Noir studio

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Old cartoon, Durer, Bosch, Bruegel, and Escher.

ANY LAST WORD?
My forthcoming book Sang Noir should be released later this year so stay tuned. 🙂

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