I think Jim Woodring's work is some of the coolest comic art that I have ever seen. He is one of the few artists whose color work is just as good as his black and white work. I love how he is able to make both his color and black and white drawings look the same while using vastly different materials.
In Seeing Things, his newest release, Woodring shows off his charcoal drawing ability. I know that it is a good book because it is published by Fantagraphics, which is known for making gorgeous volumes.
Lastly, Woodring must be smoking some serious weed. Like, Purple Haze, every day, 7 days a week. Okay, so maybe that's an exaggeration, but still, I am certain that he is under the influence of something.
Jim Woodring’s charcoal drawings take the otherworldly qualities of his comics (The Frank Book) to a higher level of clarity and nuance. These crisply rendered images reflect his life-long obsession with hidden worlds, alternate realities and the inexplicable resonance of the unprecedented and irrational in lucid art. Seeing Things collects the most toothsome of these drawings and arranges them in four sections.