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    Who paved the way for you?

    For wanting to do art, doing what you do, how you do it, what you enjoy, who inspired you to do so?

    Be it music, art, movies, games, or whatever. Post them here.

    As for me, such artists as...

    Ralph Steadman - Fear and Loathing artist
    Jamie Hewlitt - Gorillaz artist
    Shynola - Created music videos (ex: Queens of the Stone Age - Go With The Flow)
    Skribble Studios - Urban graffiti artwork
    Caroylin Davidson - Creator of the Nike "swoosh"
    Smile Bit - Creators of Jet Grind Radio (Future)
    Chuck Palahniuk - Writer (ex: Fight Club)
    David Fincher - Director (ex: Fight Club, Seven, The Game)
    Quentin Tarantino - Director (ex: Resevior Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2)
    Kurt Cobain - Musician and lead singer for Nirvana

    So for everything I've done, it's thanks to them for leading the way.
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    I'm not really sure, but it might have something to do with a little of this mega inspiration

    P.S. and my art teachers and learning about Frank Frazetta from the wonderful site above.

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    Well, I'm trying to get into comics, so obviously, reading comics for years had something to do with that. But, about a year ago I was on my way to becoming an aerospace engineer, and decided it wasn't really what I wanted to do. Around the same time, two things strongly influenced me to going into comics.

    The first was a comic called Mr. Blank, which just really struck me as a great example of the fact that not all comics have to be about superheroes.

    The second was seeing a lot of amazing manga work in a short period of time, and, in particular, Kumichi Yoshizuki's cover art to the manga Someday's Dreamers. This basically made me say to myself: "I wish I could do that." Which led to the thought: "If I put the time, effort, and dedication to learn in, I could very well do that." So that's why I'm on this path.

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    Well first I'd like to thank my mom for being their for me and for constantly supporting my goals to be an artist. She bought me my first drawing table. Then there's my High school art teacher and the following people who also deserve recognition.

    Former art instructors from SVA in NYC from freshman yr to graduation.

    Andrew Gerndt- Foundation Drawing
    Jack Endewelt- Principles of Illustration
    Sam Martine- Illustration
    William Low- Painting
    Garin Baker - Painting
    Steve Assael- Drawing
    Marvin Mattelson- For teaching me the ways of the controlled palette.
    Donato Giancola- For adding that final polish to my work (literally) and for sharing a wealth of information about design, color, composition, etc. He introduced our class to the scary world of professional illustration.

    Oh and let's not forget, Superman, Nickelodeon, GiJoe, Thundercats, and the whole of 1980's animation. YOOOO JOOOEE!!!!!!

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    here's a few from me

    Craig Mullins
    Alan Lee
    Moebius
    Frans Hals: Dutch 17th century painter
    Piranesi: drew amazing environments. 18th century I think.
    Gustav Dore
    Syd Mead
    Rembrandt
    Odilon Redon
    Ralph McQuarrie: a massive influence on Doug Chiang. He designed loads of stuff for the first three Star Wars movies.
    Ridley Scott's movies from the 80s
    Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back
    Brian Froud
    My mum for buying me art stuff for Christmas and birthdays, when my friends got action figures.
    Tony Hart and Rolf Harris when I was a kid (Brits will know them)

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    Dhabih Eng: http://www.sijun.com

    If I hadn't have discovered his website a few years ago I would have never ever done this. His site made me realise what is possible with digital tools.

    Anyway, back to drawing

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    Gah, double post! Too early I guess. :|

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    Well, I've only been into the art scene as a career for only 3 years or so.

    I am always inspired by music. As far as artists go, I may not have the knowledge base that some people here do but here's some that have helped me along in my travels.

    Early on:
    CA.org (duh!)
    Sijun Forums
    Geiger
    Brom


    More specifically:
    MindCandyMan
    Jason Manley
    Andrew Jones
    Marko
    Sparth
    Ron Lemen
    William Whittaker (after workshop)
    James Hawkins
    Bobo the Seal
    Christian Bravery (artist at Lionhead)
    Chris Metzen (Blizzard)
    Samwise (Blizzard)
    Carlos Huante
    Peter Molyneux (yeah I know, he's a programmer...he is also the one who persuaded me (indirectly of course) to get into games)
    Marc Taro
    Scott Roberston


    Just to name a few!

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    well for me it has to be....

    feng zhu

    and

    arron st.goddard (aka brasshorsekiller)


    and then that led me to CA.org ofcourse ^-^




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    Probably anger inspires me most. In real life, I tend to bottle it up and not say anything so most of it is expressed through my drawing and through the internet. I really have no one to thank but myself for how far I've come in drawing. My mom doesn't support it, my dad doesn't even know I can draw. No artists inspired me either. I've always just done my own thing and I guess that happens to be drawing.

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    images i´ve seen, stories i´ve heard, stories i´ve read, songs i´ve heard, situations i´ve experienced and dreams i´ve dreamed and dream.

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    Joe Mad -- the most dynamic artist!

    Frank Frazetta -- obviously

    Craig Mullins -- we all know him! master of speed painting

    Hyung Tae Kim the amazing korean conecptual artist!!

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    Talking

    My inspirations...

    CA.org (of course!)
    Terminator 2 - I love the artwork done for the T-1000
    Rick Baker - Great cosmetic artist.
    Stan Winston - Known for his models and art direction of movies like Aliens, Jurassic Park and other movies.
    Kazuki Takahashi - creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
    Hiroyuki Takei - Creator of Shaman King.
    Candice Olsen - She is a wonderful interior decorator! She is the decorator and hostess of 'Devine Design' on HGTV.
    ShadowIvy - My best buddy. She is a great CG artist.
    LanLan - My other best buddy, she is a great drawing artist!
    Ryo - Another buddy of mine. Let's just say I call her the 'Queen of Cute'. Check out her gallery and you will see why.
    HGTV - Good channel for decorating plus arts and crafts.
    Fancisco Goya
    Edgar Degas
    Suzanne Sampson - known for her budwieser beer stein designs.
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    Life has many colors, and some of them are dark. Draw what you see, not what you 'think' you see.

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    There are way too many to list. Probably the biggest was my elementary school art teacher.(not including CA.org of course) But as Mike said, Willow most definitely kicked ass on all fronts.
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    Conceptart.org, Jason Manley, and Andrew Jones specifically. Andrew's drive and talent was the best inspiration I could have ever asked for in the beginning of my self-studies. No artist really pushed me to better myself like he did, and I bet he didn't even know it :p

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    80's Cartoons!!! and Movies in general. That's where my intial influence came from.

    -Joshua

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