So what if it did influence him? it's just a commission, man. If it was an actual published piece of work then ok I'd totally see your point. Maybe it did inspire him, but I don't see anybody on here pointing out how much you're influenced by Zaffino, I'm just calling it like you're calling it to not say that you're aping a Zaffino style with your work and I certainly don't see you giving the artist credit for the influence. Maybe the client wanted an angle just like this one, who cares? I don't believe you don't care because if you didn't you wouldn't have said anything in the first place.
I'm a big fan of yours, Sean. But stuff like this.... I really don't think it's cool. And he also did a pretty banging job on that bike too.
i can see that, but, sean's got influence, like we all do, but at first glance when i saw that dude's piece i said " Wow, that looks like sean! " i used to get called out for drawing like Ed McGuiness back in the day when i was in my early 20's. I happened to be schoolmates/studio mates with him and didn't know better.
I think I've faved this twice now - it's incredible.
How do you draw the faint lines, like the ones in the bg around the main figure and the bike? Do you use a dry nib, or a pencil, or is that done digitally?
Out of interest, have you heard the phrase, "Christ on a bike"? It's a popular curse (for when there are women or children present) here in the UK. The comedian Richard Herring named one of his shows after it, and the comic Viz even made a whole regular strip out of the phrase (incidentally, both are well worth looking up, if you like laughing). I've never heard an American say it, so I expect it's just a coincidence.