Sorry, I was unclear there- not "lush" in the way Mignola uses heavy blacks, but just that there was SO MUCH in every one of Guy's pages.I'd say Guy Davis isn't necessarily about heavy blacks at all. He's about using stylisation optimally, for conveying what needs conveying - which typically wouldn't be "look how juicily *realistic* I can draw stuff".
Stuff like The Dead probably has as much ink there as Mike's ink-drenched stuff- but it's all detail, not the lack of it.
That's not anything aginst Tyler's stuff- it's just an ajustment.
Tyler's stuff is nicely detailed in stuff like the street scene in Russia #1, but much more sparce in places like the conference room.
No. -not for closeups it's not. Not stuff happening in the near distance of the frame.And the "dots-for-eyes" is not something uncommon for Guy Davis or Ba/Moon or either Mignola for that matter.
That was my big gripe for Monsters, but most of that is not present in Russia (at least not with main characters).
Eyes are the strongest part of a face when conveying emotion, and the lack of that really detracts from the overall quality of the work. There's no stress or anger or anything in a pair of buttons on a face.
If say, Kate suddenly had Tintin features, there'd be a lot more people complaining- as long as it's just some shlub Russian giving Kate a hard time, it's not too bad....and again, I really do like the rest of it, so it's not as though I'm just trashing the guy.
Maybe the eye definition signifies a character's importance.
That's my opinion, and while yours may differ, please remember that only my viewpoint matters.