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A Salute to Clement Sauve!

Thu Jan 27, 2011, 9:50 AM
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I remember looking at a digest handout years and years ago from Dark Horse Comics distributed at the San Diego Comic Con and always finding myself studying a particular page every time I opened it up...  I can't explain why his illustration of a man in his garage tinkering with some outlandish machinery captivated me to such a degree - but it stuck with me.  The artist's name was Clement Sauve.    

Years later, Mark Irwin forwarded me an email from Clement.  By now, I had seen more of his work and every artist "in the know" was aware of him.  The email was just a very kind note from a man I hadn't met but whom I admired greatly.  In my world it became something of a benchmark.  I thought to myself, here's an artist that's leaps and bounds ahead of me and he took time in his day to let me know he's fond of my efforts.  To me, that was a trophy.  A badge of honor.  I probably mentioned it to every artist I knew for days on end.  

As time went on I discovered more and more of his work and was always stopped in my tracks by not only his awe inspiring creativity but the seemingly effortless execution of his illustrations.  He's one of those artists that draws things that look absolutely plausible and unreal at the same time.  He managed to create an aesthetic for a world that you wished/hope would one day take form.  I can't explain just how talented the guy is.  I suggest you see for yourself.

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I was fortunate enough to meet him once.  So I can say I shook hands with the man and shared a paltry few emails over the years.  I guess that will have to be enough.  We have been robbed of more.  I honestly can't imagine what he would of produced in the years to come.  He was only 33...  The man hadn't even hit his stride yet but he could already run with the best of them...  His talent and generosity is something I'll always cherish.

To Clement Sauve.  Your talent lives and inspires.  Always.

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:iconb-mckinney:
B-McKinney Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   Filmographer
Quality words, my friend -- a fitting tribute for such a quality artist.
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DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome artist and designer and way to young. :(
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RoCueto Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One more hero that goes down :(
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CabinetMinister Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Quality words, Barbarian.

I'm still in shock.
The guy was one of those artists that slaps you across the face and makes you try harder.
Huge loss, y'all.

RIP, sir.
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HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
just so sad
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Kebeca1690 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
33 yrs old....incredibly sad!!
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
:( ...
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Respect. :(
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anzudrako Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Well said, is a great lost i was always inprest for the way he draw
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SAW08 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Damn. He shall be missed, but his art will always inspire.
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kit1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's a pity that you can't favourite a journal entry, cause this was very well said. I had never heard of the man before, but your appreciation of him led me to have a look at his work. It's sad not to be able to see what he would have gone on to do.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well said, buddy.
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ZEBES Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Well said, man. I just found his work here less than a year ago and I was very impressed! So sad and unfair for him to depart so soon... his talent will live on, of course.
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StephenBJones Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
really nicely said, dan.
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:iconboyann:
Boyann Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Well said, Sir.
What a loss...
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Leandroton Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I found his deviantart gallery on monday. His art gave me this great artist rush, the boost I needed to finish a page. Most interesting gallery here in some time, really, his art is truly inspiring. Finding today that he died really made my blood chill.
A true pity, we lose the chance to see many marvels that he could have brought to life.
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ryancody Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Great post Dan. I never met him but I love his work. Very sad.
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:iconmattkaufenberg:
MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
So sad:(
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RandySiplon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's really scary whenever you hear about someone passing away so young. It hits you even harder when it is someone that is such an amazing part of this community of artists. He will be missed for sure.
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice Dan, it's been a rough morning...
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MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so sad man; unbelievable to wake up to this today. Hope you're hanging in there brudda.
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WillCaligan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
What the freak? I love his work. Man, this industry has lost a lot of talent in the last two years. I am in shock. I just started talking to the guy not to long ago. This really sucks.
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johnsonverse Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
He was a rare talent and inspired me to try and be a better artist.
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Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow man we were talking French action movies a couple months ago...surreal, incredible loss
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Paul-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
He's on my friends list i love his work, i didnt know, i just checked out his DA page, its a real shame...at least his art is his legacy
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Jonboy007007 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah Clem was aces for sure, warm hearted guy and uber talented....we really lost a Giant in our industry....
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SketchProof Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen brotha. Never met the guy or even know what he looks like, but his work is exactly as you explained it. I can't put it in better words. It's a damn shame. :(
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