Friday, March 21, 2014
Friday Sketch Dave
Dave loved John Buscema a lot. Along with Frank Robbins, Buscema is one of the main reasons why Dave elected to be a comic book artist and possibly the greatest influence that he had. He attended Buscema's legendary classes in the late '70s and he often told me that one lesson with Big John taught him more about the art of creating comic book art, and art as a whole, than anything else he'd learned. As a teacher, John Buscema was everything Dave craved, he was fair and firm, he had no hesitation in telling someone that their art wasn't quite there, but he'd then work with them to help them become the best they could be. John also taught Dave the importance of meeting a deadline, to be quick but brilliant and to treat every job the same, to give it his best effort no matter how much, or how little, it might have paid. Each artist is only as good as their last job, so a sloppy effort would reflect badly, no matter what the circumstances might be. Dave applied those lessons throughout his career and life.
It was a personal joy each time Dave was given the opportunity to ink John, especially on Conan. If you can see any one artist in Dave's work, it'd be John Buscema, and Dave would never have disputed that.