Let’s look at the book first, which is put via Rizzoli this month. It is described as the ‘definitive monograph’ on the art of Tintin, drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Brussels to look at the evolution of Hergé’s artwork.
According to the author (Pierre Sterckx), Hergé was inspired by Old Masters but infatuated with graphic design and modern art, with the book looking at how these influences worked their way into the the finished cartoon. Not just that, it also features rarely seen pencil sketches, character drawings, and watercolors alongside original artwork from the finished stories over its 240 pages.
Essential for fans of the books, it is available from 29th September for £27.98 in hardback.
If you want more, you can get more, courtesy of an exhibition at Somerset House of the same name. That runs from 12 November 2015 – 31 January 2016 and promises access to the works mentioned in the book. In addition, you will also be able to see models/installations of memorable locations such as Tintin’s apartment, while the exhibition will be themed with reference to one of Hergé’s favourite backdrops – Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock’s country house once owned by his maritime ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.
More on the exhibition can be found here.