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    Were You Influenced by Comic Book Artists?

    I know a lot of you say 'now' that you're influenced by NC Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Howard Pyle, John Singer Sargent...and so on, BUT initially was or is your initial inspiration come form comic book artists?

    It seems our first impressions of what concept art is comes from either comic books or perhaps cartoons when we're impressionable and young. I've gone to Gnomon workshops and have heard about statements at the Massive Black Workshops.

    Justin Sweet stated his initial influence was John Buscema
    Dan Milligan stated his initial influence was Frank Frazetta

    I've seen other artists work and I can clearly see influences of John Byrne.

    And I'm always amazed by Travis Charest, Adam Hughs and Neal Adams.

    Was your initial inspiration from comic book artists, and who were they?

    A lot of people like Jeffrey Jones and Bernie Wrightson, who's talent goes way beyond most people, were and are comic book artists and are now considered iconic in ability.

    IF you're no longer inspired by comic book art now, why did you move on?

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    Todd McFarlance baby. Who didn't like all those Spidey comics and the early Spawn?

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    well for me everything started with winnie the pooh, then art adams comics then neal adams, frazetta and charest. i still love looking at that stuff

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    For me it was fantasy illustrators like Keith Parkinson and Larry Elmore when I was about 10 years old. My brother read comics and I think they influenced him tons (he's also an artist), but I never really paid a whole lot of attention to them.

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    My first inspiration from a comic book artist would be Glenn Fabry. The covers for the Preacher and Hellblazer comics are amazing. One thing that seems to bother people is the over use of muscle with children and women, but I always found it interesting. His websites Q&A is full of great advice. And on the japanese side, it would Hiroaki Samura. He did the Blade of the Immortal Manga.

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    Drama, Exxageration, Realism, Good (perhaps cliche) composition, great style.
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    Rythm, Rythm, Rythm

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    I like the word for some reason. RYTHM. Say it slowly. It sounds funny, just like Scuba. Ryyyyyyyyttttthhhhhmmmm.

    It's all in the timiiiiiinnnggg. Hehehe

    You can tell Glenn was highly influenced by Hogarth.

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    fuck yeah, you bet I was. And 2b BOY? those images are the shit!

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    WOW those Preacher covers are fantastic! have to look that guy up.

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    Calvin and Hobbes by Watterson.

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    For me it was all MAD magazine. And from there I never looked back!

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    JtHM. Nuff said.

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    Bernie Wrightson's work influenced me enormously growing up. Especially through high school. I discovered him through reading Stephen King, ala Cycle of the Werewolf. I had seen work from him previously when I was a little kid (but didn't realise it till later on) when my older brother brought home Mary Shelly's Frankenstein from the public library. I had to of been maybe 7 or 8 when I saw those pen and ink illustrations he had done. When I was in high school I found everything I could get my hands on from the guy. (of course this continued on through college and beyond some) Haunting the local comic cons for anything done by the guy. From there it was a natural progression of looking at who influenced his work. Going back to Frazetta and the old EC/MAD comic artists (Jack Davis, Graham Ingles, Wally Wood) and further back to some of the great american illustrators like Franklin Booth and NC Wyeth. And looking Wrightson's contemporaries he worked along side in the 70's. Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeff Jones.
    Some other artist that had an impact on me were Art Adams, Brian Bolland (the Art of Brian Bolland is incredible), Charles Vess. Those guys were all great too. I could probably name a dozen more. There's such a wealth of incredible imagery generated from the field of comics that it's impossible not to get any influence from it. I'm still inspired.

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    Erik Larsen! His work on Savage Dragon was just mind-blowing, I use to walk 1.5 hr. to my local comic book shop in the middle of a Canadian winter just to get my hands on a new SD book.
    -Mike Mignola is a big inspiration right now.
    -Frank Miller
    -Leinil Francis Yu
    -Joe Madureira
    -Dale Keown- PITT!

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    The MAXX, baby. Wonderfully strange!

    As the pattern gets more intricate and subtle being swept along is no longer enough.

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    ...I liked the "Where's Waldo" drawer guy, does that count? Also, the Sandman comic books (graphic novels, whatever) were amazing, even though many different illustrators worked on that series.

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    Im trying to think back to my first influence and its kinda hard. i'd have to say its either Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with TMNT or Jim Lee's X-Men. i loved those comics as a kid and drew them all day long. However the first time i really remember saying "it would be awsome to be an illustrator for a living" i think was when i played M:tG in High school and saw Todd Lockwood's Bronze Angel painting. And i just realized the other day that one of my favorite book covers i saw as a kid was from Boris Vallejo. It was his painting of Dracula (without the girl). I actualy stole the book from the school book drive when i saw it just for the cover haha.

    Comics still influence me but not really your standerd superhero comic style. i still love the TMNT style, other then that i love Frank Miller and Tim Sale. The Sandman comics have awsome illustrations also. I like the grittier darker style and Noir is awsome.

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    A lot of my initial exposure to the kind of art I (try to) do now was on Magic:tG cards. I always liked looking at comic book covers in the shops, but the interior art always turned me off from reading them.

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    Mike mignola , ashley wood are really inspiring me right now. ALso dave mackean and kent williams.

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    Neal Adams, John Buscema, John Byrne, Howard Chakin, Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkewicz, Wll Eisner, the Hernadez brothers...


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    Elwell, does Bill Sienkewicz still teach at SVA?

    You guys are taking me back to some great memories. I forgot all about the Eastman and Laird TMNT comics I used to have. I think the new movie is sort of based on them from what it looks like. Who here had all of the Jim Lee X-men 1 variant covers? I know I did!

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    My really earliest influences would've been Dr Seuss and RL Neil.

    Didn't get into comics until a bit later... but heck yeah! Frank Frazetta, George Herriman, Winsor McCay, Berni Wrightson, Todd MacFarlane, John Romita, Mark Texiera... I'm sure there's tons more if I think about it.

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    My newest one is Ben Templesmith. Check his website out, great artist.

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    Comics are what initally lead me into art. It's tough to nail down influences, but in the case of John Byrne, ala The Dark Pheonix saga, it isn't. Most particularily when he was inked by Terry Austin. But I was also very inspired by Sal (not John) Buscema at an early age. Then John Buscema, of course. And John Bolton. Hmmm...lot's of Johns Very early on, it was Joe Kubert's work in his war comics and the artist for Magnus, Robot Fighter. We're talking late 60's early 70's there, but I can't recall any names for Magnus. There are a number of Gold Key artists worth mentioning as well, for when I was very young, but again I can't recall names.

    Lately, I've become a huge Mignola fan. Followed by Arthur Adams and Jimmy Cheung. There are others, of course, such as Wrightson and Frazetta, the usual suspects. But in terms of strictly comics, definitely the ones I mentioned above. Honourary mention goes to Charest and Kirby.

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    Oh lord, where do I start? There are just so flippin many! My top three would have to be Jack Kirby, John Byrne, and my favorite inker in the whole world, Terry Austin.

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    ...Gil Kane, Paul Smith, Wally Wood, Alex Toth, Walt Kelly...

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    Lane Smith, Katsuhiro Ōtomo and Todd McFarlance. kind of an odd combination in retrospect.

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    Jim Lee, and Mcfarlane, first and then later artists like Charest and Joe Madureira.

    I've also been inspired by the greats like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Dave Cockrum, Neal Adams, and John Byrne

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    For me the first real inspiration for drawing came from Spider Man comics at a very early age. I copied the drawings in them furiously and gradually improved and improved with age. I think a lot of my drawing foundation comes from those days and nowadays I'm trying hard to learn from the traditional masters who didn't inspire me so much back then.

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    My biggest and earliest influence came from Grégorz Rosinski.
    A Polish-Belgian comic book artist primarely known for his work on 'Thorgal' and 'the Shninkel'.
    Thorgal was without a doubt my favourite comic book when growing up.
    Not just the drawing part but storywise as well. I think few others can match it.

    A few examples i could find on the net :

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    I've been influenced by so many artist, especially comic artists. One I didn't see so far though was Mike McMahon of 2000ad fame. His later stuff on the Judge Child and Fink Angel series was amazing. I think his whole big boots, thin body, design influenced a lot of artists today, even Hewlitts (sp?) awesome Gorillaz designs seem to have a certian McMahon quality about them. Tons of others also influenced me though, too numerous to mention...or remember (like Moebius...duh).

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    Okay it's not a comic book but what initially drew me into art was Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. I branched out quite a bit afterwords, but Watterson has always influenced me in a number of ways that I can't even begin to describe.

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