I love the work of John Totleben.
I'm sure i've mentioned it before, but I think I need to emphasize something here: I grew up on the work of John Byrne, Frank Miller, John Buscema and Gil Kane. I was as big into superhero artist as one could get, and that's what these guys specialized in (though even then Miller was doing something a bit different).
At about 16, I discovered Swamp Thing as done by Alan Moore (having loved Wein and Wrightson's stuff years before) in the form of the 2nd annual illustrated by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. I remember the day: I was living in Landover, MD and walked into my local 7-11 and found it on the rack. It changed my life.
I followed the series relentlessly and discovered Miracleman sometime after (by this time I was going to a proper comic store). Moore and Totleben worked together again and I got to see John, work unfettered for more than an issue (he also did issues 48, 53 and 60 of Moore's run on Swamp Thing solo, yes I have the originals) or so and realized what an incredible artist this man was.
I've been obsessed with the style for years, and early on my friend (D-Realist here on DA, we've known each other a LONG time) suggested I try out working with brush. Totleben was the first artist I studied doing it. This entire pic is currently being done with a Isabey series 6228 #1.
I'm just having a blast reliving the work. The last pic I inked which will be posted shortly gave me the impetus to pick Spawn as my drawing choice. Haven't drawn him in years. The idea and visuals of the book have always been interesting even if the story never really gelled for me.
Anyway, enough woolgathering. I hope to have it done soon.