If you ask Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson who were some of his greatest influences, he’ll mention Ronald Searle. After the news broke of Ronald’s passing yesterday, Michael Cavna asked Richard about his influence:
Searle’s style was so powerful that any other artist who mimicked its effects was pretty quickly overwhelmed by it and exposed as inferior. I think Searle himself was a little intimidated by his chops. There’s a bit in his biography that tells of him taping the fingers of his drawing hand together to slow himself down and avoid becoming too facile. I’ve heard that he planned his work pretty carefully and his wiry, sprung lines were laid down with a lot more control than might be apparent.