Hugo Pratt is a master of his art form. And Corto Maltese is his masterpiece.
The eponymous Corto is a seafaring gentleman of fortune who is so hardcore he straight carved his own lifeline into his palm. And it only gets better from there. Pope described him as a turn of the century Han Solo, which is pretty apt.
This drawing was a LOT of fun. I knocked out two pages today, so I was pretty done with tight, controlled drawing, and cutting lose in value with a chunky graphite stick was just the thing I needed.
Both Corto Maltese and Hugo Pratt are Venetian, so I decided to put our hero in Venice. I stole this composition from one of my favorite artists. As always...
THE FIRST PERSON TO NAME THE ARTIST I VICTIMIZED GETS THE SKETCH.