I admire his ability to use colour in such a subtle manner. I don't make any distinction in art about creative ability or what medium(s) artists choose to work in. What i'm looking for is that common point of intersection between their work and mine. When i saw the colour schemes in Jean Girauds drawings there was a resonance with what he was attempting to do. Any artist will tell you how difficult colour can be to understand and manage. Colour is a universe unto itself so the challenge is always there for me personally to get it right over and over again.
Whether you like comics or graphic art or not, Jean Giraud's art deserves respect and praise for both his process and his development of concepts. I hope you'll investigate his work a little more after watching this short video.
(I've chosen not to talk about Sylvain here as he wasn't part of my objective for writing this page. This in no way belittles him as an also significant creative artist).
Some tribute videos can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ZYZLuObrL1s and http://youtu.be/CiNsc2UjoqI