Who Has Influenced Your Art?

I’ve been practicing drawing heads and faces with the help of a book when I noticed the style emerging out of my sketches. Something about their cartoony but at the same time realistic look reminded me of Brian Bolland or Dave Gibbons–both of whom are my art heroes. Of course, those guys are on a totally different level and maybe it’s just me who sees the similarities but at this point, I’m just glad to see their influence in my art.

I’ve never tried hard to establish my own style. Some artists do but the thing is, I don’t want to get stuck in a particular style just for the sake of having my own style. After all, I believe all of us already have unique styles anyway because no two people perceive and translate experiences the same way. So whatever style I end up with in the future, I want it to emerge naturally and easily–not forced in the pointless pursuit of individuality.

But like I said, I’m really happy to see my art heroes’ influence in my work! I particularly like the guy with the thin, pointed face above wearing a surprised expression because he reminds me of Brian Bolland’s The Joker in The Killing Joke, one of my all-time favorite books. 🙂

How about you? Who has influenced your art or your style? Do you consciously try to emulate that person’s style or is it something that comes naturally?

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  1. I’m yet to find out!

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  2. I discovered comic books as a kid in the library. John Byrne’s X-men and Superman, Walt Simonson on Thor, Harold Gray’s Orphan Annie and Frank Miller’s Dark Knight were my gateway. Then in my teens, it was all about Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane. Right now, I’m really digging Geoff Darrow, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, and Chris Bachalo. Mike Mignola and Jamie Hewlett get props too. If you get a chance, check out German expressionists Egon Schiele and Ernst Kirchner.

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  3. Reblogged this on Dean'z Doodlez and commented:
    Another Great Sketchbook Page From Another Great Artist!

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  4. Thanks for commenting, guys! 🙂

    @Don: Those are some great names on your list. I looked up Egon Schiele and Ernst Kirchner and their works are awesome, but I particularly liked Egon Schiele’s style. Thanks for recommending them. 🙂

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  5. Sergio Aragonés & Chuck Jones. Though, my recent attempt at “serious” stuff tends to be influenced by Frank Miller and Mike Mignola.
    😀

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  6. Almost forgot to mention, IMHO Aragonés (along with writer Mark Evanier) created one of, if not THE most memorable interpretation of Batman’s origin story.

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