Thanks to Carson G. for the FedEx package of photorealism samples! BEAUTIFUL STUFF!
I would agree that you will probably find the shift to strict Raymond/Williamson school photorealism RELATIVELY easy. But I'd offer the cautionary note that the style LOOKS deceptively easy but is actually quite difficult...and that tends to vary depending on the day. Some days it's "Oh, right, I GET this." and the next day it's "Oh, right. I SORT OF get this". Speaking as someone who spent seven years at it, I think I'm safe in saying that it's "built in".
I've often wondered if Raymond and Williamson experienced the same thing and to what extent.
I'm going to suggest that you -- and anyone else interesting in "trying out" for SDOAR -- do a Raymond/Williamson combination comic page and "pin-up" from time to time and post the results here.
We'll obviously be able to use the best examples in the books themselves and, presumably, there will be the potential to auction the original on Ebay to justify the time you put in on it.
A great deal of SDOAR consists and will consist of traced RIP KIRBY panels and juxtaposing that with "what was going on" in Raymond's -- and particularly Ward Greene's -- life at the time. It seems to me that there's a lot of potential just using the basic elements: September 1956, a white Corvette with red interiors, Raymond, Drake, RIP KIRBY, HEART OF JULIET JONES.
You can download excellent scans of RIP KIRBY originals from the period at Heritage Auctions' HA.com. The style is quite different from what you get from the IDW reprints (except the handful of strips shot from the original artwork). Put your own words on the piece in ComicCraft's Joe Kubert font: "Here's what I have to say, visually, about Raymond's accident."
Okay! On to JEFF SEILER AND ME: