Due to time constraints i've not got round to interviewing another artist for my 'Pleased To Meet You' interviews for a while so I thought I would do a little post instead today on some of the artists that have influenced my work over the years.
Some of these (particularly the manga artists) are early influences that shaped my work from when I first decided I wanted to be an
illustrator and some are more recently discovered artists who's work inspires me.
discovered this illustrator/animator's work when I was about 14 having
been sent thought the post Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) on VHS
from a manga pen pal, obviously this was a long time ago when pen pal's
still existed. The penpal was Italian so the video was the original
Japanese dubbed into Italian, therefore i didn't really grasp that much
of the story although got the gist and was absolutely captivated by the
imagery. I've since then seen pretty much all his films over the years.
Anyway if you don't know about this guy already then you must get on
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read lots of Rumiko Takahashi's manga (Ranma ½, Urusei Yatsura) when I
was about 15. One of the reasons why I loved her work so much was
because she was one of the very few BIG name female manga artists. She
was a real inspiration being female in a very male dominated industry
and I very much admired her for that.
famous English illustrator from the late 1800's/early 1900s. He
illustrated many famous children's books such as Grimm's Fairy Tales,
Alice in Wonderland etc. He was a big influence on my work when I was at
An artist I discovered around 8 years ago. I
just love her style probably because its quite Japanese influenced. I
really love the bold colours and the way she makes a painting look like
An awesome illustrator who
produces really beautiful, what I would call street style work. He is
another artist i got into quite a few years ago, probably around the
same time that I found Lisa Alisa.
contemporary illustrator who's work is really unique with a very folk
inspired style. She is one of my favourite illustrators at the moment.