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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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    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
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    -Joe Madureira
    -Dale Keown- PITT!
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