Vincent van Gogh
Piero Della Francesca
American Pop Artists
They don't influence my work. I just admire them.
The writers I enjoy most are J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Yasumi Matsuno (especially when translated by Alexander O. Smith), H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Hideyuki Kikuchi, and William Shakespeare, while my favorite illustrators are Ayami Kojima, Alan Lee, Akihiko Yoshida, John Howe, Hiroaki Samura (writing also), Drew Struzan, Mike Mignola (writing also), Gary Gianni, Adam Hughes, Frank Frazetta, and Norman Rockwell. I've also been a long-time fan of Tim Burton's films.
The way they influence my work is difficult to define, and not all of them have the same or equal effect upon my work. Even the aforementioned writers have an effect on my illustrative work, and so too for the illustrators upon my writing. Often their work not only influences me artistically, but also in how I would like to be viewed as an artist or the approach or direction I wish to take with my career. Of course it would be unfair to say there are not others who influence me in such ways (some of them not artists at all), yet these are the artists who have the most profound effect upon me.
Lichtenstein, Tamara de Lempicka, Erte, Gil Elvgin, Franz Marc, Amedeo Modgliani, Chagal, Gustav Klimt
I usually admire people who are above and beyond my work.
I admire Laurie Anderson for her multi-media performances.
I admire David Byrne's contribution to pop music.
I admire Jean Micheles Basquiat's figurative paintings.
Ever eat some crazy french fusion venison thing and wish that all food was that good. Yo know you could learn the recipe...
It's like that.
Van Gogh for the use of color and movement, Georgia O'keefe for opening the doors for other women artists, Chuck Close for changing his art processes but not his passion for art in the face of advercity.
Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, Holbein, van Eyck, Abraham Bosse, Jacques Callot, Vermeer; cave painters; stained glass artists of the Middle Ages; Gothic and Medieval manuscript illuminators; 18th century artists such a Boucher, Nattier; the impressionists; N.C. Wyeth, Blake, Rackham, Dulac and so on. Modern book illustrators of sci-fi and fantasy such as Michael Whelan, Keith Parkinson, Stephen Hickman, Keith Birdsong (who described his method in two minutes that completely revolutionized my painting technique) and hosts of children's book illustrators too numerous to mention. Probably all of the above for their portrayals of subject matter, use of light and color. I have gained more insight on the working mindset from the writings as well of the art from da Vinci and Durer (who was self-aware of his own artistic melancholy).
I am not inspired by specific artists so much as techniques and genres. I enjoy looking at poster, comics, screenprints, woodcuts, graffiti arti, and anything else that is bold, bright, and captivating. I try to draw from these areas by having my artwork allude to them without existing within a specific one. Working digitally, allows my artwork to look/feel like any type of artwork which is very interesting to me.
If you would like specific artists, I take different influences form different folks. Some influence my artwork visually, and some influence my mindset:
And so many more!
N.C. Wyeth Robert McCloskey Trina Schart Hyman Holly Hobbie Peter De Seve Carter Goodrich LeUyen Pham Rien Poortvliet James Gurney Elsa Garagarza Carolina Tello Fabrice Moireau Jean Jacques Sempe Norman Rockwell David Downton Peter Spier Mark Meyers Elsa Beskow Mark Teague Virginia Lee Burton
Bill Sanchez William Joyce Barbara Bradley Katie Fong and so many more...
I am influenced because I want to do some of what they do.
Chuck Close - inspirational on many levels. The way he treats light and colour is unlike anyone else, and he's taken the art of portraiture to a new dimension.
I love Bill Waterson for his uncompromising integrity.
There are so many! I have of course admired so many of the old masters. I love Salvador Dali. I also love some of the artist's that do not always get a "fair shake" from the art establishment. In other words, I like the illustrators that we have enjoyed for the past fourty to sixty years. I love Norman Rockwell, Boris Vallejo, Greg Hildebrandt, and Frank Frazetta. Is they're work stylized? Yes. Do they paint the human figure in idealized expression? Yes. However, no more, or less so than Raphael, Michelangelo, and even Da vinci. You may see some of all of these influences in some of my work.
Nam Jun Paik
Paula Modersahn- Becker
Far Eastern Indian artists
World War Posters
Lori Anderson - singer
* Bruce Springsteen
African, Chinese, Japanese sculpture, masks, and costumes
Mind you, this is a short list of those who stand as beacons with sufficient light for insight and artful start-ups.
|So many, most of which will never get the credit because they've touched me on such a subtle level. Some that come to mind are:
Often referred to as the father of modern American illustration, Howard Pyles staunch devotion to the advancement of illustration and strict work ethic is a model to all creative people. For me personally, I especially admire his oil paintings, which blur the so-called line between fine art and illustration. His work stands alone for both its technical skill and narrative quality, and sets a standard for excellence.
Chris Van Allsburg:
Stylistically, there is a commonality between my work and that of Chris Van Allsburg (or so people have told me). He does very smooth, finished drawings that have a dreamlike quality. His storytelling ability is equally mysterious, and his children's books often have a surprise or twist of some kind at the end.
The realism he brings to the fantastic world he invented is stunning. While studying him and meeting in person, I have learned what kind of dedication it takes to be a professional at that level. It's really hard not to be impressed with what he's been able to do with his Dinotopia series.
It is very difficult to make a wordless children's book that works, but Wiesner does so consistently with his illustrations. I too would rather the picture says what needs to be said without cluttering up a page with text. I also admire the work of Norman Rockwell for it's depth -- art containing stories within stories.
Base continually impresses me with his ability to create an entire experience with intelligently designed picture books. Base takes it upon himself, creatively, to challenge the sophistication of the previous release. He once described his writing technique as being more like creating "music". And he doesn't spare any details as far as his art is concerned.
I like that powerful messages don't overshadow the entertainment value in his books. The meaning is there for kids to discover on their own, their way, without a lecture. He really is in a category of his own.
I also have to give credit to the faculties of both Syracuse University and FIT, who taught me so much.
Henry Ossawa Tanner
Ezara Jack Keats
The the diliberate use of color and the expression of texture in these works inspire and inform me.