Exclusive: Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg Artwork

The comic book artist and writer Joann Sfar last year made his feature film directorial debut with Gainsbourg (or, at home, Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque)). This stylish, imaginative biopic of iconoclastic pop icon Serge Gainsbourg was a rather visually striking film that will certainly look great on Blu-ray…

…talking of which, it's out on Blu-ray next week. Which is to say, we've been provided some exclusive images from Sfar's sketchbook-come-scrapbook to promote the release.

You may recall that Doug Jones appears in the movie, under his customary layers of prosthetic disguise. His portrayal of Gainsbourg's alter-ego is very striking, and one of the grand visual flourishes in a beautifully designed picture. What we have here, though, is a look at some of the less obvious elements of design, the quieter characters, all less showy but still essential, and specific in their detail.

I think these pages demonstrate, just a little, the degree of consideration that Sfar has given the look and style of his film.

Gainsbourg is released on UK DVD and Blu-ray on Monday January 10. The film still has no American release on the horizon, so it might be worth considering an import if you're reading this from over there…