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    Who was the very first artist you loved?

    When I was 7 I LOVED Lisa Frank. I bought all her products.

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    John Howe. I got a book called Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth when I was... twelve or something... And it freaking ROCKS. First time I actually stared at artwork for prolonged periods of time.

    And John Howe was in it.

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    Dave McKean....where i grew up, Art is non-existant. so, w/o comics i'd prob still be in the dark..

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    Todd Mcfarlane was one of the first comic artist i remember, an artist i really loved was Katsuhiro Otomo, i was like 12 the first time i saw Akira, im still a big fan of his movies. Those guys pretty much introduced me to illustration.

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    Who was the very first artist you loved?
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    Easy- Roger Dean. After that, probably Salvador Dali. I've always been more music-centric than image-centric so the first artists I really appreciated were album cover artists. I'm 39, so these were on vinyl records and you could actually see the art at a reasonable size

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    great thread.

    i'd have to say Australian Surrealist painter James Gleason, i even know the painting that hooked me, "the arrival of implacable gifts" it gets me every time.

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    Frazetta, easily.


    No. Wait. Da Vinci. Yeah, Leonardo himself has gotta be it. Followed by Frazetta.

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    Larry Elmore. I idolized his paintings and drawings when I was younger. Eventually I started to find them stiff (his paintings...his drawings are actually still quite lovely). I still remember getting his sketchbook signed at Orcon back in like '92. That's still one of my prized art possessions.

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    this is going to sound like an egotistical and arrogant answer...

    myself.

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    When I was young I absolutely LOVED Mark Kistler, I remember sitting there watching his TV program on channel 25 and trying to draw along, but being so frustrated. Then around 2001, I used to love seeing the artists in PSM magazine, my favorites were Eri Gaudiamo and Pipin Tobing. I also loved this artist Christine Chong (mayshing), who had a website where she did these cool panels on her life, situations involving existing characters, etc. That was around the beginning of my anime phase.

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    Norman Rockwell. My grandfather had lots of books on him and I remember being aware of him more so than any other artist at the time. (oh...and Bob Ross and Capt. Bob too.)

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    James Christiansen, a local artist who teaches at BYU, sadly I wasn't accepted to go there so I won't be being taught by him next year. Maybe someday...

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    ENKI BILAL was my first crash. I was 12. I used to read Marvel comics a lot before but didn't really care about artists names at the moment.

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    My late grandfather.

    then degas, then Matisse, el greco, davici, michaelangelo and raphael and many other all through my grandfather.

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    Probably Alan Lee, first introduced to his work via the illustrated Lord of the Rings.

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    Having grown up a bit more, the first guy I remember making me think "Woah. Just...woah." would be Waterhouse..I still haven't quite recovered from seeing his work at full scale. I realise that many others see him as Victorian cheesiness but I don't much care and he's still in my top 5 ever..

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    I grew up playing a game called Warhammer im sure a few people on her know of it , but one of my favourite artists especially his greyscale work is Mark Gibbons i cant seem to find much of his work on the net though. I used to pore over all his work in the rulebooks for the games and in the magazines that supplemented it. Great artist

    Ahaha! I found a website for the man himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stovieheed View Post
    I grew up playing a game called Warhammer im sure a few people on her know of it , but one of my favourite artists especially his greyscale work is Mark Gibbons i cant seem to find much of his work on the net though. I used to pore over all his work in the rulebooks for the games and in the magazines that supplemented it. Great artist
    Yeah, I loved "MG" when i was young - I didn't even know his name, just always saw the MG initials on the works that I liked.

    Though my first love was probably Norman Lindsay - who according to his wiki(?) influenced another early fav of mine - the great Frank Frazetta.

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    John Howe. I got a book called Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth when I was... twelve or something... And it freaking ROCKS. First time I actually stared at artwork for prolonged periods of time.

    And John Howe was in it.
    Yes I loved John Howe. I have a very worn out copy of A Diversity of Dragons. I never liked any of the Pern stories but the illustrations are great.

    It seems like everyone started immediately admiring real artists except me. But I guess Leo Leoni was a real artist.

    I think the first painter I liked was Monet. I saw a Monet exhibit, and that's when I learned how much better paintings look in person.

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    Alex Ebel. He painted incredibly realistic prehistoric scenes and dinosaurs for a children's encyclopedia.

    And of course, I loved Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and Bob McKimson...

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    I think my first favorite artists were a tossup between Carl Barks, Hergè, Don Rosa, Albert Uderzo and André Franquin.


    As i grew a little older people like Buscema, Ernie Chan and Serpieri entered my sphere.


    I also got obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci at an early age, but that was because i read about him in a comic.


    So bascially... Comics saved my life.

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    I was a big fan of Art Wolfe's animal photographs as a kid.... those and Maurice Sendak's 'Where The Wild Things Are' Illustrations

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    Stephen Gammell, who illustrated the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" Series... i was fascinated by the spooky atmosphere and bizarre characters/creatures.

    Also a local artist named Ed Emberley created some very fun how to draw books for children. i had a bunch of his books when i was really young.

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    I was five when my Gran bought me Marvels Tales of the zombie. I was really attracted to the Earl Norem covers. This particular issue was drawn by Alfredo Alcala. I read the original comic to destruction but recently bought it on ebay. The art is still excellent and I love it. It was a very violent story with some really terrible murders but I can always remember it was the first thing I ever read properly. The school books were never the same after reading about the youths head crushed like a brittle egg shell.
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    I remember Emberley. I liked drawing the birds but then I got a bit annoyed that the book wasn't actually teaching me how to draw. I didn't know he was a "local" artist. I grew up in Massachusetts also.

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