|Cerebus #7 Page 7 (December 1978)|
Art by Dave Sim
(from Swords Of Cerebus Vol 2, 1981)
...this issue was my first radical departure from my intention to be a major Barry Smith sequel - the cross-hatching on the splash page. I was trying to find a Barry Smith-style texture that would allow me to render the webbing in two different shades. I broke down and did tight weave cross-hatching even though Smith had never used it.
Suddenly I was free.
Why -- I bet I could do anything I wanted!
I mulled that over while I opened the story on a snowy expanse of flatland. I mulled it over for three panels of priests lighting candles.
And then page seven.
A pseudo-art nouveau background design, cross-hatch shadows, warped bricks drawn with short parallel strokes, two wall decorations of differing sizes, a stuffed polar bear, two bird's eye view panels, one of which has a genuine checker-board bird in it.
I could do anything I wanted.
Reverse lettering, borderless panels, high contrast partial silhouettes.
Hey, this is neat-o!