For some time now, I have been following the illustrator’s page L’Œuvre au Noir on Facebook. Since her style has a link with black art and she has already made some artworks for metal bands, I chose to put this Belgian illustrator in the spotlight. Talented, friendly and humble are for me the three words that characterizes Natacha. I invite you to visit her page and discover her captivating universe.

First of all, can you introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Natacha, I am 30 years old. Damrémoise by birth, I currently live near Ciney. I followed studies in advertising, layout of space, web design and web development. I like long walks in the forest, watching birds, red wine, herbal medicine, family celebrations, my cat, the storm, laughter, madness…

L’Œuvre au Noir, what is it? How did you come up with the idea of creating this project?

I created this project by chance… In early 2018, I felt the urge to go back to drawing. I created a Facebook page in the process, without a particular objective, and received very quickly a first request from a band for a t-shirt design.

The name “L’ Œuvre au Noir” corresponds, in alchemy, to the first stage of the Great Work (this one aims at the realization of the Philosopher’s Stone). This stage refers to death, putrefaction, dissolution… From a psychological point of view, it is an uncomfortable episode of awareness of our deepest suffering, of a slow process of deconstruction of our first nature, animal and chaotic.

What inspires you in your creations?

I have always been attracted by the engravings I found in the ancient treatises of alchemy, like those of Basile Valentin or Johann Daniel Mylius. The symbolism behind each drawn element really interests me a lot.

In a general way, hermetism and all that has a link directly or indirectly with the occult sciences inspire me.

On the other hand, I am also very interested in the work of many artists such as Adrian Baxter, David S. Herrerías and Artem Grigoryev.

You have created artworks for the Belgian death metal band Exuviated. Would you like to move towards the musical illustration?

Indeed, the musical environment, and in particular the metal environment, is a rather favorable ground and rather open to this type of illustration and thematic. To continue in this direction and to receive new orders from bands, whatever they are, would be for me a real pleasure.

How do we contact you if we want to call on you to create artworks for a band ?

You can contact me by e-mail or via the various social networks, all the necessary links are on www.loeuvreaunoir.be.

What other types of creations/services do you offer besides artworks for bands?

I am open to all requests, if they are not too far from my aesthetic and if I feel able to complete the project to the end.

What is your favorite creation and why?

My favorite creation was my very first t-shirt design commission from a band, Oldd Wvrms. Firstly because I did not expect to receive a request after having posted only three drawings on my Facebook page and, secondly, because they left me “free hand” on the visual, by simply imposing the general theme, which was far from displeasing me.

Unfortunately the group split before being able to release this t-shirt. One of the members, however, asked me to keep the illustration for one, perhaps, future musical project… So I can not yet unveil the entire drawing.

Natacha still provided us with a small overview of the design she mentions above.

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Is there a band for which you would like to make an illustration? If so, which one and why?

The first band that comes directly to my mind is Der Weg Einer Freiheit. For the emotion that I feel from their first notes, for passages sometimes explosive, sometimes melancholic that are linked in a remarkable way… Their music hypnotises me.

Do you have any expectations or goals that you would like to achieve in the coming year ?

I do not have a specific goal, but I sincerely hope that some of the different requests received in these weeks are coming to fruition and leading to fruitful collaborations.

I also have the idea of releasing, at more or less regular intervals and if people are receptive, stuff in the colors of L’Œuvre au Noir. The series of three bookmarks illustrating the steps of the Great Work was the boot of this project.

Apart from L’Œuvre au Noir, do you have other artistic projects? If yes, what are they ?

Yes, I have two other projects with my companion, Jean-Philippe.

For a few years, active in the metal environment under the name  “Threadbare Artwork”, we have offered other types of visuals, the realization of logos, websites, as well as the printing on a whole series of objects (t-shirts, backdrops, etc).

Our second graphic studio is called “TagoraSign”. Within it, we offer more “corporate” services for companies and small independents (creation of complete visual identities, websites, business cards, etc).

I also do a little bit of photography on occasion, under the pseudonym “La Jusquiame Noire” (as amateur).

A last word for our readers ?

I can not remain indifferent to the marks of interest. I would like to thank all those who have shown me their support, encouragement and trust in any way. I am deeply grateful.

For the more curious, I can already announce the release of tote bags L’Œuvre au Noir in pure organic cotton for the end of year celebrations.


Pictures by l’Œuvre au Noir.

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