As we move into June we, of course, have a new comic illustrator. This month's newsletters will feature Bernese illustrator Jared Murault. I caught up with him to ask him a few questions about his work, life and everything.
Can you briefly introduce yourself and your career so far?
Jared Muralt, 1982, I live and work in Bern. After my training as a decoration designer, I started working as a freelance illustrator. In 2009, I founded the graphic design and illustration collective BlackYard together with Christian Calame, Philipp Thöni and Silvio Brügger. In 2016, I wrote the first episodes of my comic series The Fall, which is now successfully published in the USA, France and Holland, among other countries. The Fall (La Chute in French) was awarded one of the prestigious Belgian «Atomium Awards» in 2020. In 2021, I received the Bernese literature prize «Weiterschreiben» for my graphic literature.
Drawing was and still is an experience for me. While I am drawing something, I become part of what I am drawing. Be it a situation, an object or a space. It is my way of getting in touch with something. Like all people, I started drawing as a child. And I haven't stopped.
No, I don't. Colours are a very emotional thing for me. I use them, for example, as a form of narration in my stories. Properly composed, any colour could be my favourite. In my sketchbooks, however, I draw mainly and for the sake of simplicity only with black pigment ink.
Which themes are particularly close to your heart?
Where did you grow up and did that have an influence on the course of your life? Or also on your drawings?
I grew up in Bremgarten near Bern. My mother was a single parent, so I grew up without a father. My mother's confidence in me got me through the school system more or less unscathed. She taught me to see things in a differentiated way, and I am incredibly grateful to her for that. I was and am part of my environment, which shapes and defines me.
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