Reproduction of Moebius’ ‘Le voyage d’Hermès’

Moebius was commissioned by Hermès in 2011 to create nine illustrations for a campaign called Voyage d’Hermès. This is one of those and like the eight others, no Hermès product appeared: Reference illustration: A huge wave splashing at the top of which is a soaring man. A long bird with blue body and orange wings is next to him in the orange sky.
I sketched it on my 30×30 cm watercolor pad:
Precise pencil sketch on a large watercolour pad. Masking tape is applied at the top and bottom.
For the outline I used a 0.05 mm Uni-ball Pin pen:
Outline done in thin black ink
Then I washed the paper and applied some yellow and a bit of orange:
Yellow and orange gradient on wet paper for the sky
I continued painting the figure and the bird, the skyline, and started with greens and blues for the wave:
watercolour applied to the figure and the bird, the skyline, and greens and blues for the water around the wave
Blue and green gradients on part of the big wave
Final version, 30×20 cm:
Final work, tape removed
Gift ready and framed!
Artwork framed in natural wood
A couple days later, I tried a digital version of it which I finished on the same day, using Procreate on iPad Pro, 1878×1440 px:
digital version, color applied almost everywhere but at the side of the big wave
Final result:

Reproduction of Moebius’ ‘Le garage hermétique de Jerry Cornelius’

I discovered Moebius rather recently. Stéphane raved about him, Virginie was a fan. So when she suggested we all meet in Toulon at the occasion of an exhibit of Moebius’ work, it was a done deal. I was fascinated. All these intricate and thin lines giving life to surrealistic worlds, people and creatures!

From one book, I asked Stéphane to choose a few images he liked and this page was my favourite. ‘Le garage hermétique de Jerry Cornelius’:
Reference illustration. A flying character dressed in black with a bald head looks down from above at a city under attack from anti-matter magma rays

I sketched a rather precise version in pencil on an A4 white sheet:
Rather precise pencil sketch on white paper

Using a Pentel Brushpen, I started inking the straight lines (and later the flying figure as well as the black area around the title at the top):
Inking in black of the rays

The rest of the outline I did with a 0.05 mm Uni-ball pin pen:
Inking finished and pencil erased

Tada! Gift ready and framed. The resulting drawing was 16×21 cm:
Final piece framed in natural wood. My hand is holding the frame and my left thumb is visible.

Reproduction of Moebius’ ‘Cavalcadeur à sept pattes’

‘La faune de Mars’ by Moebius is full of wonderful creatures. I am fond of one in particular: ‘Cavalcadeur à sept pattes’:
Reference illustration showing a seven-legged animal that looks like a mix of a dinosaur, a camel and a lizard. It is mounted by a man that looks really small in comparison. The landscape is like a desert.
By the look of the book, I am pretty sure the artist’s original book was a Canson One Art Book. Hardbound, 10,2 x 15,2 cm, 98 sheets. Exactly like the one I have, which still has a few blank pages. So I sketched the cavalcadeur (this invented word translates as ‘stampeder’) and marked the outline with a thin (0.05 or 0.1 mm) Uni-ball Pin pen:
Outline in thin black ink of my version
The back of the book has a coloured version of it so I didn’t have to make up colours when I painted it with watercolor. I was quite pleased with the final look:
Watercolour applied

Other work from late December 2017

I doodled a few Moebius’ figures to test how badly black ink bleeds against alcoholic ink. Maybe I didn’t let it dry enough, but the Uni-ball pin pens supposedly don’t bleed but they did:
Two sketches of caped characters, one standing from behind, another in the water pushing a skiff
Sketch of a levitating character with spread out arms, dressed in a long billowy dark blue robe, a headdress that looks like antlers, and two large orbs at the ears.
A bit frustrated, I continued with a Moebius’ figure of a queen in heaven, part of an illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy, but this time I used a Pentel Brushpen and watercolor:
Black ink and coloured alcohol markers drawing of a madonna on clouds with joined hands, wearing a crown and a halo full of stars
This one I liked doing very much! I used a Black ink Pentel Brushpen for the black background and a white Posca pen for the zebra:
Zebra painted in white over a black rectangle