These five artists have been a major influence in my life. I remember buying a bundle of Heavy Metal magazines at a school gala when I was a kid.
The incredible Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius and the amazing Enki Bilal, blew my young mind with their incredible artwork and stunning imaginations. I pored over those magazines astonished at the degree of skill and thought that these Cartoonists (yes) put into their work.
My late teens were influenced by John Pitre's fantasy art. Winged horses, alien worlds, wonderfully heady stuff.
Carl Barks has always been one of my idols. Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Gyro Gearloose never looked so compellingly wonderful as when drawn by this man. His skill was phenomenal, to create such amazing pictures in line only, and to have them enhanced with simple block colour was heaven to my eyes.
Last, and most certainly not least, the world of Salvador Dali's was another heady brew. His style and imagination encouraged me to look beyond the real world and draw the incredible, the fantastical and whatever my imagination dared conceive.
There are others too, Jackson Pollock taught me to let myself go and just channel what I felt without thinking too hard about it.
Monet left me in awe with his ability to reproduce the effects of light playing amid trees, on water, in gardens, stunning.
Van Gogh, with his heavy style, lots of colour, life on canvas.
All great fun. All have given me something, it's taken years to get here, but right now feels real good.
Expect lots more pics, I am having a wow of a time. 🙂🙂🙂
Thank you all.
I love to work photos that I've taken from around Napier where I live.
The original image disappears in the reworking and becomes something much more.
I was very fortunate and grateful to be chosen in the top six digital artists in both the 2020, and 2021, Mondial art awards and equally honoured to be chosen as Artist of the Month for September 2021.