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Studio Sundays: Comic Artist Jean Giraud

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Today on studio Sunday, have a look at a photo of Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, at work in his home studio. Moebius is well known for his work in comic books and graphic novels, often telling strange and esoteric science-fiction tales.


As a comic book artist, Giraud’s studio would have included a drawing table, pots of ink in various colours, and of course, the requisite bookshelf packed with other graphic novels and the work of his comic artist peers – all of which are pictured in the tight space seen above. Giraud produced his works using various media, from black and white line art made with etching techniques, to watercolours and even oil paints.  


Moebius is noted as being one of the most influential comic book artists of the last century. He began working at a time when comics were still struggling to be taken seriously – luckily his artistic skill and talent for storytelling combined to create works that are still extremely relevant in today’s comic-obsessed art and film world.


Giraud and his pseudonym, Moebius, while technically the same artist, often exhibited different styles. For example, Giraud often drew quick, gestural line art while Moebius used a brush and was more methodical.   Giraud and collaborators are also responsible for helping with concept art and design of several well-known science fiction films – these include some of my personal favourites like Alien, Tron, and The Fifth Element.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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