I don't usually like to mix colour with cross-hatched black & white drawings. Not sure why; something to do with wanting the hatching to do all the work, perhaps, but every now and then I let it go. When I finished this one, and was thinking on this issue, I remembered the late, great, French cartoonist Claude Serre whose books I'd owned from a very young age. He was definitely a big influence on me and worth checking out
if you're not familiar with his work. His cartoons all involved highly detailed and cross-hatched black & white pen work, which made a virtue of the fact that the focus of the piece was usually rendered in colour. Well, if it was good enough for Monsieur Serre...
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