Sturstein and I have collaborated on a number of pieces in the past, and it’s always a fun and unique experience as our styles and approaches are quite different. One of the main differences between our work is that Sturstein often works with a very clean, graceful line, whereas mine is often sharp and jagged. When I received the penciled page to work on I instantly knew that it would lose some energy within the line work if I were to apply my heavy inks over the top of it. So instead I just upped the contrast a little, filled in some areas that needed to be solid black, and applied colours directly over the penciled page.
After that we bounced the image back and fourth to refine a few details. The best collaborations are the ones that are completely lacking in ego, with all parties striving for nothing other than the mutual goal of creating something special. The process of working on this piece definitely falls within that category, which made it a dream to work on.