“I have yet to get a reliable answer from Rich about his drawing techniques,” Ewing writes. “He guards those secrets like it was a matter of national security. What I do know is that he uses an updated version of Adobe Illustrator and draws mostly on the computer over a pencil sketch with one of those round mice that came with the first iMac computers. The kind that gives you arthritis after ten minutes and leaves your hand shriveled and gnarled like a mojo monkey paw that one has one wish left on it.”
In a 2005 interview with 86 Magazine, Black said he began working in the “gig art market” in 2000. He rides a vintage scooter — a ’79 P-200 — with the Pharoahs, and notes that “inspiration can come from anywhere as any artist can tell you; from meeting a girl with great style at a party who would make a good pin-up, or looking through magazines and photos, or from other artist’s work.”
At the back of L’Art de R.Black (which costs only $19.95, and that includes the 3-D glasses), Black’s list of major artistic influences includes Michelangelo, Chuck Jones, Picasso, Berke Breathed, Audrey Beardsley and Kazu Kibuishi.