2018 is here! What Floats My Boat #1


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:


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!

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