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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.
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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". : )
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Art Deco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it.
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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 :)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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