These are all very different pieces by the same artist; McBess. Focusing mostly on the backgrounds by these black and white artists, is helping me bring my work together. McBess has used a number of styles, fading imagery on this top piece. The character is obviously in such a dark room that the edges of the illustration have been faded, the various tones have been used to produce this but it is mostly black and white.
The HaHard work piece just ends. The picture doesn't fade out, nor does it have a real background but it is sat comfortably inside the space given.
The final image has a complete full page image. The background is built up with the simplest of lines and basic shading. The illustration has been designed to be larger and fill more space, leaving less to fill in the background.