Who influences your art?

  • Hey all,

    We all have those artist who really inspire our work, who are your biggest influences? here is a little chart of some of mine I am sure that I have left some out!


  • SVS OG

    I really did a detailed version of this for a blog post awhile back. Its basically the same as yours though :-). Mine is here: http://www.sarahluann.com/blog/influence-map

  • Sarah, you have some really great artists on there! and you designed yours so well!

  • SVS OG

    Thanks! It was helpful for me to think through the placement, relative sizes, and design, and to see it in front of me--we visual thinkers like to represent things visually ;-).

  • SVS OG

    Really cool to see your influences!

    I wish I had a minute to make an influence map like yours, but this will have to suffice.

    Here's my biggest influences and what I've stolen from them:

    Bill Watterson: Shape language, and line work
    Mike Mingola: Composition, shape language, and sequential storytelling
    Jean Giraud: Shape language, linework
    Masamune Shirow/Katsuhiro Otomo/Yukito Kishiro: Machinery and technology design, sequential storytelling
    William Joyce/Hayao Miyazaki: Creativity (i.e. how to make interesting connections between everything I'm reading, watching, seeing, experiencing, and turn that into something uniquely mine.)
    Michael Whelan: Composition

  • SVS OG

    I love Micheal Whelan...i have 3 prints in my living room hehe

    Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has always been a favorite of mine
    Terryl Whitlatch, Bobby Chiu, Amy Brown. I have a couple of prints by the Hildebrandt brothers, one being a kick ass Darth Vadar.

    Love the classics as well..,.Bouguereau. Monet, van gogh and no matter what anyone says, Flaming June by Leighton is one of my favorite paintings!

    Discovered several new artists since i've been here as well, Wylie Beckert, Loish, and of course our esteemed instructors. I could watch Jake draw for hours...in fact, i have lol. I haven't seen Will and Lee draw much other than the 3rd Thursdays, but I really enjoy their style

  • Here are mine:

    Cory Godbey, especially for color
    Kazu Kibuishi, especially for color, environments, shape/flow
    Sara Varon, for her humor and quirkiness
    Dan Santat
    Peter de Seve

    As well as the sculptors:
    Valerie Hadid
    Dirk deKeyzer

    Close seconds:
    Owen Davey
    Chuck Groenink
    Poly Bernatene

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