So, influences. Let’s start with the folks I’ve met on and off the internet and in school.
Saubey: I met Saubey in our high-school and just, wow. They absolutely blew me away because they had already developed such an incredible style and the amount of work they had already blew my mind. And still they continue to amaze me. It’s really neat to watch someone like Saubey grow and go on to create work that is incredibly eye-catching. I’m terribly proud to call them my friend still. Anyway, what have I learned from watching Saubey? Composition and Illumination. Look at their work, it always has such light and a… glow. An internal lighting that really makes their work come alive within such dynamic compositions. Saubey is constantly influencing me and my friendship with them has only enhanced this.
Skulldog: Oh my gosh. So, Skulldog is one of those amazing ‘super-pro’ folks who I had admired from afar for a long time. When I first started to follow their work, it was not as… softly rounded (I’m describing this badly aren’t I?) and then, they began to let their lineart and coloring smooth out and wow, I picked up on that for some reason recently. Like it matured in my mind to let go. Letting your lines be organic and flowing with varying line-weight. It’s hard to describe. It really is. Oh and just, action. Every line is potential action. (Plus, I’ve got a set of three bookmarks they made hanging in a frame on my wall that I’ve been staring at forever… I guess it rubbed off on me.)
Rowkey: Jeesh, what do I even say? Rowkey, I met through…. oh my gosh, was it deviantArt or Livejournal? Hmm. Both? Both then. Very good. Wait, no. Was it through ArtSlam with the BirdFolk? Was it? All I know is that Rowkey and I started talking and that’s what happened. Rowkey went to CCAD and is a fantastic artist who has introduced me to their friends who are all fantastic artists too. So, I guess Rowkey has influenced me in really experimenting with different media and color. I mean, wow. Lookit those colors. I’ve been so excited to try new media (soon oil-paints soon) and really developing my color-senses. I think of Rowkey when I’m planning palettes now and I’m starting to see my own color sensibilities come through.
I am a better person and I like to think, better art-student now (you’ve all taught me things I could never have found out at school) for knowing all of you. I would like to also mention that these are not the only influences on my work because if I listed everyone, I’d be doubling up and contradicting myself. I’m influence by everyone, and for that, I am thankful.
For now…. those are my three ‘People I’ve met online/offline/in reality’ peers who have influenced me. Next week, I’ll talk about famous living/dead artists!