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Interview with Jean Giraud
(Interview realized by Edward Fadigan and excerpt from Amazing Computing - March 1988)


Jean Giraud What do a twisted loop of paper and an airtight garage have in common? They are both creations of Moebius.

The Moebius of the Airtight Garage is French artist Jean Giraud. His nom-de-plume, "Moebius," is only borrowed from the very real German mathematician who created the famous twisted loop of paper known as the "Moebius Strip".

Moebius, the artist, was born in a suburb of Paris on May 8, 1938. He spent a great deal of his childhood with his grandparents, and on their book-shelves, he discovered the works of famous nineteenth century illustrators, such as Gustave Dore. He was fascinated, not only by these classic illustrations, but by comic strips as well, especially Tarzan, Tintin, Flash Gordon, Spirou, Mandrake, and The Phantom. In fact, he was so impressed by The Phantom, he later paid homage to it in his graphic novel, The Airtight Garage.

At sixteen, Giraud began artistic studies at the Arts Appliqués, a professional school in Paris. Around this time, he discovered the fascinating concepts being explored in science fiction, through the French edition of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Besides having been published in many science fiction magazines, such as the European Metal Hurlant and its American counterpart, Heavy Metal, Moebius has lent his artistic hand to several science fiction films as well. He worked on Alien, designing a number of spacesuits and costumes. His influence can also be seen in Tron, the first film to use large amounts of computer animation.

In the past few years, Moebius has to contributed designs to the live-action feature Masters of Universe, and has worked on Willow, a live-action fantasy picture to be produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard.

Here is Moebius' work presented with a brand-new tool, the Amiga computer. Comparing this to his more traditional artwork, it is easy to see that the Amiga in no way restricts an artist's style. This work is most definitely "Moebius."

Jean Giraud Jean Giraud

- Tell me how you got involved with the Amiga, and computer graphics.

Well, after I bought the Amiga for my son Julien, he showed me all the really nice graphics it could do. It was then that I started to experiment with it. Once in a while I would sit down and play, just drawing computer pictures for the fun of it. Now that I'm more comfortable using it, I'd like to try some animation. Julien just got VideoScape 3D, I'm really looking forward to using that one, but I'll have to wait until he knows it well enough to show me how to use it.

- Did you use any other drawing tools besides mouse?

No, all of my Amiga drawings so far have been created using only the mouse. We're thinking of getting a drawing tablet soon, though. I think that'll make it a little easier for me.

- Do you find the mouse awkward after years of using traditional tools?

It was a little difficult at first, but after many hours, and a few drawings, I started to get the hang of it. Besides, like the "rough" look of some of my first computer pictures.

- One of the first was "Black Chair". Tell me about one.

I did that picture as a kind of technical training. The quality of the finished piece was not my first concern. It was done mostly to get the feel of a new tool. I don't think it came out too bad, though.

- Did you sketch it out and plan it beforehand?

Not at all. I improvised directly on the screen with the paint program. But you're right; it's a good idea to do the initial sketches on paper, and, in the future, I'll be doing more of that.

- What do you think is the future for computer graphics?

I have no doubt it will grow even faster in the future than it is growing today. But I don't think I'll be very involved with it. I still prefer my paper and pencil.

- Do you think computer graphics can be an art in itself, or is it merely an instrument for use in more tangible mediums?

No technique is an art in itself. There are only tools for the motor.

- What are your plans for the Amiga in the future?

My son is my guide in this area. With his help, I have only the intention to enjoy and explore. Discover what, That's the best part. It will be a surprise! Voila!


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