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I haven't been drawing with a pencil for awhile, so I thought I'd try to get back into the habit... My kitchen shelves could really use a clean out.


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Dec. 21st, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
You make everyday objects look pretty stylish. How did you develop your style? I know that's maybe an impossible question to answer, but I feel like I need a style. Or a new improved style.
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice
Thanks! I was just looking at the sketch and wondering if it looked a bit too mousy, and if I should delete it, but I'll keep it up for now. I tried a monoprint of the same subject, but it looked horrible, really muddy.

I guess my style comes from looking at work by illustrators such as Maurice Sendak (who was hugely influenced by Winsor McCay), Hergé, Satoshi Kitamura, some of Ross Collins' stuff, Ezra Jack Keats, and a bunch of the turn-of-the-century Russian arts and crafts painters. Lately I've been interested in work by Katherina Manolessou, Simone Lia, Studio Ghibli, Jonny Hannah, Katy Horan and Mini Grey, among others. I've been meeting up with a comics guy named Paul Gravett who has been introducing me to some new comics stuff, and Ellen Lindner let me browse her and Stephen's collection a couple times.

What about your work, who were some of your biggest influences? If your style feels old to you, I guess the best way to freshen it up is to either try working in a new media, and see what different effects it has. Or you can go find someone else's work you really like, copy something they've done, then do something else in their way of working, then put it away and do another thing in what you think is their style, only not looking at it. That way, it sort of blends in with your innate way of working and becomes something new. I got a real buzz the last time I went to a Ronald Searle exhibition. I can see a lot of Searle in my recent work, but no one else seems to be able to.
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
You're looking at a lot of artists I'm not even familiar with. I will google them all -- thanks!

I've been influenced by Sendak too, and then a ton of comics artists. Crumb, Clowes, Seth, Doucet. And old comic strip artists like Harold Gray and Frank King. I really like Garret Price's "White Boy" strip from the 30's, though it's hard to find examples of. I also like Vanessa Davis' comics and try to copy her whenever I can.

I think another thing I need to do is make myself draw every day. When I'm taking a drawing class, I do that. But as soon as the class ends, I only draw about once a week, when I have some time off from work, or am hanging out with artist friends. I need to go back to every day. That will be a new years resolution...
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: influences
Cool, I know Crumb and Clowes, but I'll go look up those other ones you mentioned. Thanks!

Oh, I'd probably add Craig Thompson to that list. I went almost all the same places he did in his 'Carnet du Voyage' book, but his sketchbook was a hundred times better. Maybe it's because he was travelling alone, and didn't have anyone to get hacked off when he stood sketching on a street corner for two hours. And I just bought a book of silk screen posters by Jay Ryan - http://www.thebirdmachine.com - and his colour palettes and drawing are amazing.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Nice drawing! I wanted to chime in and mention Blutch, who is a big influence on Thompson (he even hangs out with him in "Carnet") and many other cartoonists.

Dec. 23rd, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Scott! I'll have to look up some of Blutch's stuff. I wanted to post a cool Christmas image on my page, but just haven't had more than two seconds. I might try drawing somethign on the train today... Happy Christmas!
Jan. 12th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
this is so so so so nice!!!
Jan. 12th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Anke! I wasn't sure about it at first, but it's definitely grown on me. I reused the soy sauce container and the garlic on a comic I did yesterday, so it was handy, too.
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