Nicolas Martin Masterclass

16 August 2019,
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics


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Nicolas’ visit is supported by the Alliance Française de Perth.

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Masterclass with Nicolas Yann Martin, illustrator, newspaper cartoonist and comic book author.

Nicolas Yann Martin has worked as illustrator in New Caledonia for many years – as a newspaper cartoonist and illustrator, a storyboarder for New Caledonian television, an author of comics for teen magazines, and since 2012 the illustrator of the bestselling series of comic albums Frimeurs des îles (Island Posers).

In this masterclass (held in English), which will appeal to anyone with an interest in the graphic arts, illustration, comics, satire or New Caledonian culture and society, Nicolas (also known as Niko and Aj’na) will talk us through his varied career as an illustrator, from his early years on the newspapers through to his current success with his satirical comic books of New Caledonian life. On the practical side, Nicolas will outline the process for creating a comic book, explaining how he moves from the initial idea to character development, design and research, to storyboarding and draft sketches, through to the completion of an album.

Nicolas will also discuss the technical aspects of illustration: how to create expressions and emotions in characters and how to create the illusion of volume. Nicolas’s career has spanned a period of change in the illustrator’s art and he will also explain how he makes use of digital technology and digital painting in his work.

Nicolas Yann Martin is an illustrator, newspaper cartoonist and comic book author based in New Caledonia. He began publishing his illustrations in the local press at the age of 16 and his career has developed, under various noms de plume (including Niko and Aj’na), to take in a wide range of artistic activities. For many years he has offered his particular angle on New Caledonian news events though his newspaper cartoons and he is currently the chief illustrator for the paper Actu NC. He has worked for New Caledonian television (Nouvelle Calédonie 1) as a story-boarder and has also developed concepts and designs for advertising campaigns by a range of companies. He is a regular contributor to various magazines as well: he produces the comic ‘Adeline and Charlotte’ for the TV magazine Telenc and also illustrates the comics ‘Pacifik Surf’ and ‘Colloc 2.0’ for the teen magazine Tazar. He has become well known for his work on the comic book series Frimeurs des îles (Island Posers), produced in collaboration with Solo (Sosthène Desanges), which offers a wry and satirical take on life in New Caledonia. This is the most popular comic on the island, with sales of 60,000 copies across 10 albums. Nicolas is currently devising a new comic series with his collaborator Genty.