Sunday, March 11, 2012

Passing of another great talent - Jean Henri Gaston Giraud aka Moebius

Just one week after I posted on the passing of "Star Wars" designer Ralph McQuarrie HERE, another great artist has passed on today :(

Moebius, also known as Jean Giraud, or 'Gir', died on March 10, 2012 at age 73 in Paris. Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (born 8 May 1938; died 10 March 2012) was a French illustrator and concept artist and the co-author of many excellent graphic novels.

Iron Man by Moebius - click to see BIG!

Most of his famous work was made in the early 1980's in collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky, but his influence has continued in subtle ways right up to today, not least in the visions of science fiction films like 'Star Wars' and the 'Fifth Element'.

In 1988 Moebius worked on the American comic character The Silver Surfer with Stan Lee for a special two-part limited series.

The production design for the film "The Fifth Element (1997)" was developed by French comics creators Jean Giraud (Moebius) and Jean-Claude Mézières and is detailed in a DVD/Blu-ray special feature.

Click to see a LARGER view :)

George Lucas used one of Giraud's designs for the Imperial Probe Droid in "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back". Lucas's later Star Wars films also share many visual characteristics with Giraud's work, particularly the depiction of the city-planet Coruscant.

Click to get a bigger and better view!

Scroll down to see more of Jean Giraud (Moebius) beautiful art pieces. Click on the pictures to get a really good idea of how detailed and beautiful his artwork is.

Superman by Jean Giraud (Moebius)

Marvel Comics characters by Jean Giraud (Moebius) starting with Daredevil


The Punisher


The Thing


Some space themed illustrations

I grew up reading some of the works by Jean Giraud (Moebius) and began collecting some of his artbooks with his beautiful illustrations. He left me with quite an impression. It's a sad day when another master craftsman leaves us.


Jonloh said...

It's really sad to see all this creative minds go but life is such.

Miguel Morais said...

Giraud was the "Master". that's how he was been called by many artists that he influenced all over the me.
i had the pleasure to meet in personnaly when he appeared in a Comics festival here in Lisbon.