Today, Dark Horse Comics releases Mike Mignola’s latest endeavor, “The Amazing Screw-On Head,” brought to vivid life by virtuoso colorist, Dave Stewart.
Dave has been the colorist for the Hellboy series from Dark Horse for over a decade, and I’ve been a fan of his work from day one. His use of broad flat color laid into Mike Mignola’s simplified shapes and volumes adds just the right amount of graphic power to the pages to keep any lover of the comic form turning those pages late into the night.
When most colorers in the business work to give three dimensional effect to thousands of pages each week with complicated rendering, Stewart has the audacity to create depth from flat color.
Dave has to take a virtual sea of black and white ink and make volumetric sense of it. He has to give it the depth that Mike is seeing and then add his own touch to it all. The result is strikingly subtle, yet visually powerful. When looking at the structure behind it, you won’t find a formula or a secret cryptic method. You’ll find a singular strong vision developed from years of experience. Dave keeps the skills honed and sharp.
I caught up with him to ask a few questions about his latest work for The Amazing Screw-on Head.