Since discovering French artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius I have become obsessed with his work, particularly his SF/Fantasy stuff. In addition to his comix and art, he did production design and storyboards for The Fifth Element, Alien, TRON (1980), The Abyss, Little Nemo, and more. He also worked on the uncompleted Jodorowsky Dune film and his work has been a huge influence on Star Wars (especially the prequels), Blade Runner, and countless other SF works. He was one of the founders of the French magazine Metal Hurlant, which became Heavy Metal when brought to the US. And, a friend of Hayao Miyazaki, they have sometimes collaborated, and Moebius even named his daughter Nausicaa!
Stills from the animated 1982 feature film The Time Masters, directed by Rene Laloux (whose most famous work is the 1973 animated feature for adults, Fantastic Planet), design by Moebius. (Overall I thought the movie was just OK, but I did like the visuals a lot.)
These shots show some of what I love about his style. Crisp yet expressive lines, lots of gorgeous details, and some of the most delicious color palettes around… his work really is candy for the eyes. The comix are even better… more on which, I hope, later.