Julien - i think one of the greatest influences from when i was a kid, 8 years old, was blueberry. i didnt know the moebius work then, but the work is obviously amazing. the influences dont have to show directly though. frank miller is another one, when the first dark knight came out when i was 15 or 16 or something it freaked me out, and it still does (hate the movie by the way). some other, bigger influences probably are syd mead, rembrandt's pen and brush ink drawings and etchings, japanese woodblock print artists, constant, sienkiewicz, chinese propaganda posters and some anime artists, although not many. im not that big on manga and anime, but what i like, i love. ootomo and cannabis and morimoto koji are all gods if you ask me. there are some architects and designers that have inspired me (although not many) and herbie hancock and miles davis have definitely had a big influence on me. i dont think these influences necessarily show in the work though, and i dont go and look at it when im doing a project or something. perhaps inspiration is a better word, and one of the biggest inspirations of all is the city. i love neon, i can drink it all day if i have to. ive had a number of people from europe talk about bilal when they saw some of my stuff. i like it, but havent seen a great deal of his work. which matsumoto do you mean? you sure made me curious... i'll stop now, cause it starts to look really pretentious.
pennington - yeah, its marker or sharpie with posca markers, which is filled with gouache or something similar (its water based paint and its opaque, so that comes pretty close)... theyre fun, try it out.
purb36 - funny, thats what my wife said about nikuman. she wants me to put it on my site. hope i can do a little more work on that back - alley soon, its taking way too long to finish.
bee-dubya - thanks man. i did have a good one. i might show some stuff later of where i went for my b-day; a tunnel system under tokyo.
Zord - thanks man. you seriously got me all excited talking about oozing mixtures and pulsating cities. im glad it has that effect on some people. i love it when i get high off of somebodies work, illustrations, movies, paintings or music. i have done some pan and zooms with the backgrounds and it does work quite well. ive done many sessions with friends for some animations but it always dies out.
i recently met this crazy genius animator (that unfortunately doesnt have a site) who i would love to collaborate with. im sure it will eventually come of it. although i doubt its sometime soon... and in the mean time i have a shit load of stuff to learn aout drawing. thanks for dropping that comment though man.
small update with more crap thumbnails -
of these i like the last one.
oh, check this guys blog. its a really really nice mixture of anything that has to do with drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and anything else he finds visually interesting. If it has lines and/or colors, it's fair game.
i just came across it recently, and check out what he put on there recently
comments and crits as always appreciated.