Being colour blind, I always tend to favour artists with a talent for playing with light and shadow without using colour. There are a lot of great artists working in black and white — the high contrast heavily layout oriented work of Jock for instance, or the pitch black work of Mike Mignola — but what really captures that perfect use of tone and depth, is ink washed pieces by the likes of Tim Sale or Duncan Fegredo. I plan to do a separate feature on Tim Sale’s work in the near future, but right now it’s all about Fegredo.
Another 2000 AD alumnus (like a lot of the British artists working in American comics today), Fegredo made himself known with his incredible work on Hellboy. Mignola is a hard act to follow, but Fegredo really managed to stay true to the character’s look while still making the big red guy his own. Collected here are a number of his pieces, all greyscale, including a lot of his Hellboy work, but there are some others in the mix for you to check out below.