Trois Cheveux Blancs, by René Hausman
Trois Cheveux Blancs

The self-taught artists René Hausman has distinguished himself with his notable watercolor technique and the successful typecasting of animals and fairytale characters. Born in Verviers, he dropped out of school at age 18 to spend all his time on drawing. He learned the finer points of the profession through consults from the father of Maurice Maréchal and Raymond Macherot. Among his first jobs were illustrating advertisements in the local newspaper and creating images for school films. During his military service at age 17, he made scientific drawings for educational purposes, but also his first illustrations and cartoons for the weekly Le Moustique.

Saki, by René Hausman
Saki, Dutch version (Robbedoes #1045)

Hausman published some animal illustrations in Tintin in 1958, but he found his spot in the competing magazine Spirou later that year. Together with editor-in-chief Yvan Delporte, he created his first comic pages about the pre-historical characters 'Saki et Zunie'. The series, that was also called just 'Saki' or 'Saki, Zunie et la Nature' appeared irregularly throughout the 1960s.

Laiyna by Rene Hausman
Laiyna

Hausman estrablished himself as a talented illustrator of animal kingdoms, which became his trademark for many years. He became the illustrator of the weekly animal section 'Bestiaire' and even got his own collection published by Dupuis, called 'Terre Entière', that contained books about animals but also illustrated fairytales.

Zunie by Hausman
Zunie (Le Trombone Illustré, 24/3/1977)

After years of doing mainly illustration work, Hausman returned to comics in 1976. From that year, he drew erotic fables for Fluide Glacial scripted by Binet, Delporte, Dubois or Gotlib. He took on the character of 'Zunie' again, but by now in a more adult fashion and written by Hausman's son Hugues, in the Spirou supplement Le Trombone Illustré in 1977.

comic art by René Hausman

He had his real breakthrough on the comics field with the creation of the fairytale heroine 'Laiyna' in the mid 1980s. Together with scriptwriter Pierre Dubois, Hausman created two stories with the character, 'La Forteresse de Pierre' and 'Le Crépuscule des Elfes', that where later collected in Dupuis' prestigious Aire Libre collection.

Le Prince des Écureuils, by René Hausman
Le Prince des Écureuils

In 2003, Hausman wrote and drew the prehistoric book 'Les Chasseurs de l'Aube', which was followed in 2007 by 'Le Camp-volant'. He his next book in cooperation with Michel Rodrigue. 'Le chat qui courait sur les troits' was published by Le Lombard in 2010. René Hausman, who is called the "Bard of the Ardennes", has designed several stamps with local animals for the Belgian Post since 1992.

Le camp-volant by Rene Hausman
Le Camp-volant

Last updated: 2011-11-25

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