February 23, 2020
by DH Jetson
My favorite artist of all time is the late Jean Giraud, aka Moebius. I’ve stated decades ago: “Moebius does not draw other worlds or make them up…he takes you to real places out there.” Since I cannot find a YT vid close to the first one, there are links that qualify in stills, paintings, drawings by this visionary. Sit back and view the following galleries. How were these Windows into Elsewhere created? Where’d the images, characters, universes come from? Whole cloth, pure fantasy and imagination…or something much more real?
The following from the French artist is called “40 days in the desert” and Moebius did not do the color. Supposedly, the color was added by the one who posted on YT. We have breathtaking views of other worlds, sounds and visions…
Next gallery of wonderful designs and drawings comes from another artist who has recently died: “futurist” Syd Mead. His designs were used in films like Blade Runner, TRON, Aliens, etc. Too bad Syd worked closely with Ford Company because many of his vehicles set for the far future had…tires.
One more of my favorite artists is Roger Dean who certainly has given us ‘Views’ of extraordinary places of the imagination. His bright colors and other-worldly landscapes have often graced the cover of Yes albums and he designed their early stage-performances. Dean sued the makers of the film ‘Avatar’ because of similarities with floating rocks and old dino ribs as part of the terrain and lost the suit. The following gallery has background song by Yes: ‘And You and I.’
Here is a stunning HD Drone-Flight that really is outstanding. Out of many travels to colorful, tropical beaches or amazing, snow-covered mountains, etc., usually, the music is the same old, dreamy stuff. In this case, sounds a bit like the Cure and changes to other pleasing sounds.
One more surprise discovery of pure art: Someone drew-out and posted on YouTube the entire, double-album of Genesis’ ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’! This was last tour with Peter Gabriel in the band, a concert I happened to have seen long ago. Great album. I remember old Moody Blues albums on YT had been made with images, stills, as if whole albums were long music videos. This one here was much more impressive. Then the guy did it again with ‘Supper’s Ready.’ Phenomenal.
Lastly, for those wanting more intriguing VISUALS, here’s an old serial from 1939 with Buster Crabbe as Buck Rogers. The 3-hour epic is kooky and campy, as is and a joy for those who like hokey serials with funny costumes, ray-guns, lightning bolts and cheap spaceships. But look what someone has done with it. It was filtered through a computer program which made it IMPRESSIONISTIC. It’s even stranger to view with this hazy stylization over top the old film. Artistic and watchable.
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