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Jan Buragay Draws Grubby Sci-Fi Characters, In Search of a Story

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When we first saw Jan Buragay’s art, we couldn’t help it — we thought Ok, this is what it would look like if Moebius and Philippe Druillet had a baby. That is, of course, high praise in our book, but let’s be clear that there is more going on here than Moebius and Druillet. There are a zillion Moebius disciples creating art and posting it online, and Buragay isn’t one of them. Furthermore the Druillet influence we see is essentially unique — there are almost no Druillet disciples.

Jan Buragay is extremely talented, and in fact most of these images are sketches that have been jazzed up afterward with color. Buragay participated in Inktober, a month-long commitment to drawing one image a day and posting it on social media — in 2017 and 2018. These drawings are rich in detail and mood and texture yet we don’t even know the story. And we’re talking Inktober 2017 and 2018 — that’s awhile ago, if there is to be a story, we’re not holding our breath waiting for it.

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

(To be clear, we asked Jan Buragay about making comics, and he says he is working on a story/world “personal project” called ZeroG. Whether some or any of these particular characters are involved, he did not say. When we have any news about ZeroG we’ll share it.)

Buragay works out of the Philippines, and you can find his art on his ArtStation page, his Facebook, @rags23 on Instagram. He’s put some of his images in his Society6 shop for purchase as T-shirts, posters, phone cases, etc.

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Moebius and Druillet did have a baby, by the way. It was a magazine called Metal Hurlant, of which they were the two founding artists.

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Arzach tribute by Jan Buragay

Arzach tribute by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Gynoid by Jan Buragay

Gynoid by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Inktober character sketch (colored) by Jan Buragay

Payment Acquired by Jan Buragay

Payment Acquired by Jan Buragay

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