Anne Simon is a French artist and illustrator who began her illustrious career by studying at the Beaux-Arts in Angoulême and then in the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 2004, she received the “New Talent” prize at the Angoulême festival. Her first comic book Persephone in the Underworld was published in 2006. She has exhibited her works are the Paris’ Salon du Livres, is influenced by writers such as Goscinny and the works of Brétecher and Julie Doucet and is an active contributor to Misma Editions and their magazine, Dopututto. Since 2011, Simon has collaborated with psychoanalyst Corinne Maier to illustrate three graphic biographies on Marx, Freud and Einstein (published by Dargaud, France, & Nobrow, UK).
Here we’ve asked Anne to talk (briefly) about herself…
Anne, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything around me, whether it’s chips or an exhibition on the dream in the Renaissance!
And how do you go about putting together the artwork?
I gather information and then I sort it. Then, it depends on the subject. For Freud, for example, I enjoyed being inspired by the architecture and the motifs “Vienna, fin de siècle” to create the layout of the pages.