Art

The Blutch Drawings of Miles Davis

I know very little (see: nothing) about talented cartoonist, illustrator and scriptwriter Christian Hincker, who uses the pseudonym Blutch.

From a quick web search I did learn that Blutch studied art in Strasbourg, where he was born, made his comic debut in the magazine Fluide Glacial in 1988 with ‘Pecos Jim’ and several short stories and then published the series ‘Johnny Staccato’ and ‘Mademoiselle Sunnymoon’.

A true talent in the black-and-white genre, Blutch created his first color album, ‘Vitesse Moderne’, in the Aire Libre collection of Dupuis in 2002. Around 2005 he changed his graphic style for his illustration work, and started signing with Blutch Hincker. He also produced the animation film ‘Peur(s) du noir’ in 2008.

I now know that Christian Hincker/Blutch has created a lot of amazing work, but his pen and ink drawings of Miles Davis are downright awesome!

The artwork can be found in Blutch’s Total Jazz – histoires musicales (2004) from publisher Le Seuil; short stories and anecdotes about jazz that have appeared in the French magazine Jazzman.

“Blutch visits the jazz classics (Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Stan Getz …) but also more anonymous stories. The book ends with two longer stories, ‘Viva Italia’ and ‘to the SAR NIF jazz’, which closes this series of boards for the magazine. “Total Jazz is also an opportunity to visit different styles of Blutch – penciled restless, bold or fine and clean bold lines.”

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