La Goule’s drawings are first and foremost the fruit of an emancipation. A liberation. The urge to be yourself, to claim your sexuality and your gender identity loud and clear. After her transition, the designer was able to speak about herself more freely in her creations, shattering the “norms” of the body.

A strong and intimate testimony that we are particularly proud to transcribe in these pages, at a time when the far right and certain conservative media are making the “trans question” a real obsession!

| By Polka B. | Translated by Nino Futur

Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
Why “The Ghoul”?

Can you tell us about your creative process? Did you start with drawings?

Yes ! I’ve never taken lessons. Not long ago I tried Fine Arts. This didn’t suit me at all, and I quickly stopped. I couldn’t conform to institutional things. When I started, I drew on rather violent themes, like battles with decapitations. Lots of male violence. My mother wondered if I was okay! It showed my discomfort at the time…

What were the visual references that spoke to you?

I’ve always read a lot of comics. Metal Hurlant spoke to me during my adolescence.

When I discovered punk, it particularly had an impact on me. Themes, techniques, aesthetics…

Have you always liked adding details in your illustrations? Lately, we’ve noticed that you like to fill spaces in black and white, in very advanced compositions. How did this change take place?

I’m quite a control freak when it comes to details, it’s true. Before I also made large flat areas of color. I moved away from that to return to pencil and sketching. I’ve always loved adding lots of details with references so that the whole thing is teeming with a whole bunch of stuff.

I like the spontaneous side. No need for everything to be completely realistic in terms of proportions.

This must take lot of time. Is this important to you? What importance and impact does this method have on the result?

It definitely takes time. Sometimes it’s painful, because there are certain parts that I don’t really like to draw. I still spend hours there, I don’t know why. Clothes, stresses me out. I prefer faces. I do it anyway, because it’s the whole thing that interests me. I think a lot about the final composition, taking care of the details. I just want to represent what’s in my head. For that, I look at images, I choose references, I actually take photos of myself in certain positions… For tattooing it’s a little different. It’s more spontaneous… but it still takes me hours! I’m quite a perfectionist (figure it was worse before)…

It seems that your relationship with graphic design become more politicized over time. Can you tell us about it? And also talk about your personal developement?

How have your drawings evolved over the course of your gender transition? Did you identify “steps”?

It has definitely evolved. Especially in the way I represent bodies. For me it is very important. Drawing characters is central to me. It’s been going through me since the beginning of my transition: the issue of deformity, the fact of not fitting into gender norms… it’s seen more in my flash tattoos. My drawings are less realistic in this context, so it’s quite logical.

As a trans woman, how are you experiencing the current violent transphobia driven by the dominant media, conservative editorialists and far right in general? Do you feel that this has concrete effects on people’s perceptions?

Completely uninhibited transphobia, I have experienced it since I was little. I noticed it very early on in my family environment. But I felt a turning point during the legalized LGBT marriage period. I immediately saw that we were perceived as people who were not human. That we weren’t even worthy of respect. It’s something very deep in our society.

Text written by la Goule

To complete, I would also say that the situation we are currently experiencing echoes the moral panic already experienced in the 1980s with homosexuality. It was the same speech. They were accused of everything. Corrupting children… that sort of thing. These ideas are not spread aimlessly. Power needs its scapegoats to maintain patriarchy.

Your illustrated text “GIRL, childhood and transitude” is particularly touching. He is also very political. Is it your objective, through your creativity, to directly link your intimacy to your activism ?

We feel though you, this need to make public your feelings, so that others can recognize themselves and feel less alone. Do you confirm this?

What are your goals ?

I really want to place community solidarity at the center of what I do. I want to get involved in this to question norms and gender. In my own way, I want to participate in this struggle for emancipation.

This also involves events, gatherings, moments of conviviality and solidarity. It’s much more than just creating visuals. It’s an opportunity to participate in something and interact with people in real life.

Would you like to add anything?

I wanted to talk about free pricing, which I continue to practice in tattoo. For me it is seriously important. This becomes a supportive practice within the community, which is part of an approach to care. I don’t want to professionalize myself in this. My activity in illustration is something else… The two practices are clearly separated. I don’t function the same at all.

I would also like to shout out all the people around me, who are there every day and give me the strength to continue. My trans brothers and sisters, my friends and lesbian lovers.

Can you give us the songs (every kind of music allowed ) that are accompagning you at the moment?