When you start to take a vocation seriously. A thing, whatever it is, which had up until recently had only been a hobby, you invariably go looking for advice from the people who are doing what you want to do.
The one things I realised very quickly was that I desperately needed to expand my literary influence base. I needed to read more and read far far more widely. So that's what I did.
Along the road I discover a writer whose work I was aware of, but who I never took the time to investigate. Harlan Ellison. After spending a few hours searching for videos I've just ordered a few of his books from Amazon. I wish I had the balls articulate myself so passionately and fiercely. Harlan says what I think. Yet he articulates himself in a way that forces you to think he may actually be right. He's notoriously litigious and rightly so. If only everyone, especially young writers and artists were as protective of their works and properties. The notion that you do work for free when you're starting your career in illustration in order to get a name for your is the one of the most vicious lies ever forced upon illustration student I've ever heard. (Because as we all know, artists live on air don't we?)

I believe anyone who has even a vague awareness of the history of comics and creator right will agrees with me.

Anyways. I've talked enough. Here's a few videos I 've found on about Harlan on the youtube. I hope you find them as inspirational as have.







Anyways. Back to work. Got another 300 words to write before I hit the sack.

Oh, I've been thinking. If I carry on the way I'm going, I might actually have work to show at Bristol. If not Birmingham. 2010 is looking good.
Can you fill up a sketchbook a month? Do you? An artist friend of mine chastised me severely recently for my lack output. Saying that I should be "filling up a sketchbook with work every month" .

Huh?

Influences

Oct. 2nd, 2009 08:37 pm
Who influences you?

Who's artwork or performances or music inspires you to be creative?

I've been compiling a list of people whose body of work continues to inspire or who have inspired me in the past and it quite a revelation to look at some of the names on the list. Some of these peoples work I haven't enjoyed since i was a child. Other have continued to influence me into adulthood.

Its a strange thing to see name on a list. Name with no attracted significance, save only to the person whose writing them.

So. Who influences you? Who gets your creative juices flowing? It can be anyone. Go on. Who?
Seriously, if your in London town and you like British illustration/political cartooning/book illustration, Make your way to Chris Beetles illustration gallery

Here are a selection of some of the British illustrators who I've been looking at.
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Eric Fraser


http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/artist.php?art=1740

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David Low

http://opal.kent.ac.uk/cartoonx-cgi/ccc.py?mode=summary&search=david+low


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David Low

http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/chapter_detail.php?id=1046&pageNum=13&ch=59#low

and my G-d.  HE LIKED MY WORK!!

WOW!! QUENTIN BLAKE LIKES MY WORK!!

^_^

What a wise, kind and humble human being he was.  I really must try to be as humble as him in most things I do.

wow!!!!
Some images are NWS beyond the cut )

James Montgomery Flagg:
http://www.bpib.com/illustra2/flagg.htm    
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ARTflagg.htm

Joseph Clement Coll:
http://www.fleskpublications.com/galleries/coll/ 
http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/coll.htm

Yoshitaka Amano:
http://www.amanosworld.com/
Yoji Shinkawa:
www.creativeuncut.com/profile_shinkawa.html

http://www.creativeuncut.com/artmgs.html

Claire Wendling:
http://www.claire-wendling.net/
Katsuya Terada
Bill Sienkiewicz:
http://www.billsienkiewiczart.com/
Posy Simmonds
John Cassaday:
www.johncassaday.com
Sam Weber:
http://www.sampaints.com/
David Downton:
http://www.daviddownton.com/index.htm

John Foster:
http://www.jonfoster.com/index.html
Mark Harrison:
http://www.2000ad.org/markus/

Danijel Zezelj:
http://www.dzezelj.com/
Juan Gimenez:
http://www.juangimenez.com/

Bernie Wrightson:
http://wrightsonart.com/forums/index.php
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David Foldvari:
http://www.davidfoldvari.co.uk/index.html

Marko Djurdjevic:
http://www.sixmorevodka.com/

Sean Phillips:
http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/index.htm
Barry Windsor-Smith:
http://www.barrywindsor-smith.com/
Craig Mullins:
http://www.goodbrush.com/

Ashley Wood:
http://ashleybambaland.blogspot.com/

Roger Dean:
http://www.rogerdean.com/
Todd Lockwood:
http://www.toddlockwood.com/

Magnus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Raviola
http://www.magnusonline.it/

Jim Murray:
http://www.jimmurrayart.com/
Francesco Hayez:
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/hayez_francesco.html

Harry Clarke
http://www.nocloo.com/gallery2/v/harry-clarke-swinburne-poems/
http://www.nocloo.com/gallery2/v/harry-clarke-year-spring/
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/illustrations/illustrators/clarke.html


Rose Cecil O’Neill
http://www.ortakales.com/illustrators/Oneill.html
http://members.aol.com/roseoneillkewpie/biography.htm

Enoch Bolles
http://www.thepinupfiles.com/bolles.html
http://www.americanartarchives.com/bolles.htm

Fletcher Sibthorp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fletcher_Sibthorp
http://www.fletchersibthorp.com/#

John William Godward
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=82
http://www.johnwilliamgodward.org/

A good pre modernist art gallery:http://www.goodart.org/

 


'It is not a torment to be an artist.It is a privilege'
-Louise Bourgeois.

When I grow old, I don't want to be like John Bryne or Alex Toth, I want to be like Louise Bourgeois.

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