Here we go! There is a lot to do this year. I’m working on a project with Mister Ellis Bojar which is a wonderful story that won’t see the light of day for quite a while. In the meantime I have a few things to share with you all, my lovely chums. I figured it’d be groovy to show you the kinds of things that inspire me to be better or work harder, so here is the first instalment of:
WHAT FLOATS MY BOAT?
For your delectation, we have the master himself, Will Eisner, about whom much has been written by far better folk than me. Suffice it to say that I adore his line. I like that we can see the waver in it that indicates very human movement of the brush across the paper. I’m not an enormous fan of super clean artwork. I like to sense the person behind the ink, y’ken?
Also we have Jorge Zaffino, the Argentinian power-house! If you haven’t experienced this man’s work, let me recommend WINTERWORLD, a graphic novel available from IDW Publishing. Beautiful textural ink work and a fearless approach to using spot blacks. Those of you that draw know the – often debilitating – fear that laying down spot blacks can induce! Zaffino was a superb draughtsman with flair for naturalistic movement. A true wonder. Sadly he is no longer with us, but please do seek out his work. It will reward you with many delights!
Finally, I’m including the sublime Jaime Hernandez. I fell in love with this man’s mind and skill a long time ago. I’m not sure what I’d do if I met him. Probably pass out… Despite saying that I’m not a fan of super clean artwork, I do make an exception for Mister Hernandez. And in any case, he doesn’t use rulers to draw his edges and I love him for that. His work needs to be clean because it focuses so much on the subtlety of character. I also love that he doesn’t need to clutter his stories with constantly shifting angles. Everything is depicted mid-height with the occasional distance shot. Economical story-telling is the key in Jaime’s work. Again, a master of the use of spot-blacks but in a more graphical sense than Zaffino. Love this man.
Enough from me. Go seek out these fine folk. See thee soon!