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Paul Sizer Influence Map 2011 by PaulSizer Paul Sizer Influence Map 2011 by PaulSizer
I've meant to do one of these for a while. Finally got around to it. Good exercise to really think about who and what gave you direction as an artist.

Here's some brief notes:
GEOF DARROW: Blew my mind in the early 90's with detail and craft.

DAVE JOHNSON: Great art, has also become a great cover designer.

ADAM HUGHES: Sheer drawing talent, master of the good girl.

MICHAEL GOLDEN: Craft and cartooned art. Big impact as a kid.

BRIAN STELFREEZE and CHRIS SPROUSE: Masters of the clean line and clear panel.

CHARLES SCHULZ: The first thing that made me want to draw at 5 years old. A master illustrator. My first sensei.

HERGE: Another very early artist that imprinted on me as a kid.

HAYAO MIYAZAKI: Made me make all my female leads strong and human. A master storyteller.

GEORGE PEREZ: My other master of detail and craft. Learned all of my first comic page layout knowledge from George.

YUKITO KISHIRO: "Battle Angel Alita" was one of my first manga series, and his action scenes schooled me on how to make motion work in comics.

JOHN BYRNE: One of the first masters that I got to follow from the beginning of his career spike.

HELVETICA: The font I learned typography with.

RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA: Great graphic image and forms and type.

CONSTRUCTIVIST ART: Geometry and design, changing the axis and grid for good.

"METROPOLIS": Literally changed the look of films.

ART DECO ARCHITECTURE: My favorite building style.

ART DECO DESIGN: Great for type and forms.

THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL: Shook design and art up in a substantial way.

WOLFGANG WEINGART: A living legend of Swiss design who I've had the honor of meeting and learning from.

PETER SAVILLE: Design for the music I love. Classic designs for the new music of the 80's and beyond.

THE DESIGNERS REPUBLIC: More great design towards music, sadly closed down.

DESIGN AGENT KM7: Great rave era typographic designs.

NEVILLE BRODY: Master designer and type designer in the 80's and 90's, my single biggest type hero and inspiration.
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Zzzzeta Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Most obvious: Darrow, Art Deco, Constructivist, Bauhaus. Middling: Manga, Perez, Stelfreeze. Less obvious: Schulz, Herge.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I taught myself to draw when I was little by copying PEANUTS and TIN TIN. Perez wowed me with his crazy detailed backgrounds and ability to have a ton of characters in a panel; he was my first comic art superstar "crush". : )
Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Art Deco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it.
Bbedlam Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some of those influences are clearly visible. Some of them not so much. Excellent all the same :)
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just 'cause I'm curious; which ones are the less obvious? I have a few ideas, but I'd love to hear what you think.
Bbedlam Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I don't see a lot of George Perez or John Byrne in your style honestly. I can see a little of Herge, but not a lot of Charles Schultz. Other than that, I think I can see most of everyone else there.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Perez and Byrne were more catalysts that got me excited enough about comic art to want to expand what I was doing. I aped elements of their work (incredibly complex backgrounds, etc.), but now my style doesn't reflect them that much. Schulz was were I learned most of the elements of comic storytelling, pacing, etc.
Bbedlam Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think (and hope) my style reflects Perez and Toriyama. I wish I had the patience to do incredibly complex backgrounds, but I just don't. Someday Iwill force myself to do one... possibly in homage to the way Perez forced himself to do the White Tiger splash page...
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, that was a classic.
Admittedly as a kid I aped his complex backgrounds and didn't pay attention to his composition, figure work and storytelling, but I think any young artist will do that; dig the 'splode, overlook the skill. Still, he got me excited about comic art, and I was loyal to him, one of the first artists that I would follow to ANY book he did. As I grew up, I began to do that more and more, and now I tend to follow artists exclusively in my comic purchases, artists or writers.
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