Born in 1956.
At the end of the 70’s, while still a student studying architecture, Loustal began publishing illustrations in Rock & Folk magazine; there, he met journalist Philippe Paringaux who wrote several comic book scenarios published in the French comics magazines Métal Hurlant. Together, they wrote and illustrated nearly a dozen comic strip albums, including "Barney et la note bleue", "Coeurs de sable", "Kid Congo" and "Le sang des voyous".
He also worked with other writers including Jerôme Charyn on “Les frères Adamov” and “White Sonya”, Jean Luc Coatalem on "Jolie mer de Chine" and "Rien de neuf à Fort Bongo", Dennis Lehane on "Coronado", and Tonino Benacquista on "Les amours insolentes". He collaborated with Jean-Claude Götting who wrote the scenarios for "Pigalle 62.27" and "Black Dog".
In addition to his work with comics authors, he worked as an illustrator in publishing (notably for the works of Georges Simenon), the press (The New Yorker, Senso, etc.), and advertising, all while regularly exhibiting his paintings in Paris and Brussels. A great travel enthusiast, Loustal brought back sketchbooks from his journeys which were first published by Seuil, and later by La Table Ronde, including "Dessins d'ailleurs" and "Esprits d'ailleurs".