Sergio Toppi was one of my biggest influences. He purposefully drew attention to his work being a drawing. I like to think of it as an extension of handwriting, but using a new kind of vocabulary. He capitalized on what the darkness of his ink creates in your mind rather than just being an approximation of reality. He took advantage of the quickness and looseness of ink in a way to almost bring himself into the picture as another unseen character, making the drawing itself function as something of a handwritten note - a “proof” the registered image did indeed happen in somewhere, sometime. His ability to see beyond the material and distill imagery that you believed in but was still extraordinary is a quality that I’ll continue to try to chase for the rest of my own life. He had it in spades though.