I am undertaking a Masters Course in Illustration. Many of my characters and stories have to do with my own transmasculinity. These characters evolve in worlds full of colour and music, and I have yet to explore how my medium of choice - comic books and bande-dessinée - can help me carry out these themes. Claude Foulquié, they/them, MDes Communication Design Year 1 Instagram: @ffoulkes_ Tumblr: @claudeffoulkes

My practice of illustration and storytelling is centered on characters – although I find myself experimenting more and more with renderings of landscapes in thick, colourful brushstrokes. These characters bring in my work the issue of representation. My take on queer art is one of queer narratives. The characters I write and draw often identify outside the gender binary, without it being necessarily relevant or critical within the plot. They simply are and exist in their own world, like a sort of ideal. The piece I am currently working on – Traces – is a bande-dessinée set in the future, in a fantasy version of our world where our ruins make a legend out of our present. My characters are “queer” to us, but not to them. Their vision and construction of their world is non-binary – they have no gender. In another comic that I drew in my Undergraduate, the focus was on two queer characters evolving in England in the 1970s. In that story, conversations had to be had between these two characters about what it means to be queer. My current project projects that in the future, these conversations will be unnecessary. My narratives naturally take that direction. I set it as my personal goal to include and develop gender non-conforming characters. The other aspect of my work is at present an exploration of a romantic aesthetic focusing on landscapes and ruins, and of the question of ghosts. I am a history nerd, and believe that historical places hold memories and stories. Looking for narratives emerging from these places is a pratice I call “looking for ghosts”. Graphically speaking, colour is possibly the most striking aspect of my work. I don't pretend to understand colour, but I'm happy to say that I'm not afraid of it.
Chuffed Bassist

Mixed media on paper, 25,5 x 17 cm

Pages 2 and 3 of Traces

Acrylics, pencils and watercolours on paper, 40 x 30 cm


Ink and pencil on paper and digital editing, 12 x 15 cm
Moon's home- page 1 of Traces

Acrylics, pencil and watercolour on paper, 25,5 x 17 cm
Inktober Day 2- Wave in their Cave

Ink on paper, 14 x 11 cm