Out of This World / Mœbius

One day years ago, as I was going about my business online, skimming through images and articles in dismissive boredom, I stumbled upon something truly extraordinary. An artist whose work made my mind completely blank and quiet and what I remember feeling was an outward wave of tingling energy from my heart all the way to the tips of my fingers. It’s a similar feeling to falling in love when your eyes meet someone else’s.

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It was an image by Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius, comfortably nestled amongst the piles and piles of whatever Pinterest had to offer at the time. “Esteemed by Federico Fellini, Stan Lee and Hayao Miyazaki among others, he has been described as the most influential bandes dessinées (comic strip) artist after Hergé.

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I was mesmerised by his use of colour, composition and detail. It is apparent in each and every image of his, instant awareness of space and scale. Simple, yet so complex it spins your head. It is an experience in itself of another world, another universe, and it all originated from the mind of this one person.

Jean Giraud (8 May 1938 – 10 March 2012) has since been one of my absolute favourite artists and I whenever I find myself looking for inspiration or ideas I always seem to find the perfect piece. It was too soon after I discovered his work that I found out he died after battling cancer for a long time.

Many artists have since paid their tributes, including Paul Pope whose Adventure Time Moebius-styled short comic strip was featured in AT Issue 5. I took the liberty of putting it in just below.

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Time Passing

Time. What an interesting little thing when you pay attention to it. It is a constant, moving at an unchanging pace. Or is it really?  How many times have you felt like the time you spent doing something went by too quickly? How often do you feel like something is dragging out for ages? And have you ever been in a moment where you feel infinite? It’s beautiful! Absolutely fascinating.

Our project is called Time Passing. When we received the brief two weeks ago it was a bit of a shock and a relief. what we had to do was go out and choose a place. We had to sketch it, take pictures of it, capture it from different angles and perspectives. “Record this place through a range of different methods: drawing, photography, conversations, interviews, personal thoughts, collecting ephemera.” Then the fun started.

We had to do storyboards. On that first day, we had to do a 10-image one. which roughly shows what place we have chosen. After that we could focus on the rest:
– 12 images showing a sequence happening within the ten minutes
– 20 images showing a sequence happening within an hour
– 7 images showing a sequence happening within a week
– 4 images showing a sequence happening within a year

Then we had to choose one and finish it to a high standard using black and white plus one colour of choice. So there you have it.

I had a really good time working on this project, but that is probably because it is closer to my comfort zone (being basically a comic strip and all). Projects like that make you think. and i got into some really deep time-concerning thoughts during the last two or three weeks. It was brilliant.

Now… DEVELOPMENT WORK:

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And here come THE STORYBOARDS:

1. 12 images for 10 minutes

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2. 20 images for 1 hour

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3. 7 images for 1 week

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4. 4 images for a year

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And for the FINAL IMAGE:

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P.S. Inspirational songs include
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High by the Arctic Monkeys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6366dxFf-Os)
What New York Used to Be by The Kills (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMcu_g8eWgY)
Black Cat John Brown by Bakermat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w8HXUZGSkw)
Black Swan by Thom Yorke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJhmKF4npMs)
One Day by Asaf Avidan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAMNWzfjcg)
and more ((((: