Andy gave me a great issue of Draw! from 2002, and it had a fantastic interview with Paul Rivoche. Before I knew his name, I was familiar with Paul's work for Batman the Animated Series, Superman and the comic Mister X. He remains a constant source of inspiration.
Opening to Batman: The Animated Series
I think there is a tendency for some artists to get really wrapped up in what they think is the "fun stuff" - organic things like bodies, faces, flora, fauna and subject matter like that. But then there is a gap with the ability to make the background, or all the little things that are an important part of the universe they inhabit.
Paul doesn't cut corners or miss anything - he goes straight for the hard stuff - the structure. Building the space and putting the characters in it, instead of the other way around.
It seems like something everyone should know to do, and yet I still find myself starting with the character and saying "oop, wait, let's draw the room first"
I looked to these images often to help with the Pirates of Mars designs!
Thanks for the inspo, Paul