Know Your Artistic Lineage

December 7, 2012

I’d love to hear about your artistic lineage. Who inspires you?

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27 Responses to Know Your Artistic Lineage

  1. Unk on December 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Way to express your artistic muscles Steve! These panels show some real mastery of your mentors. Really enjoyed it, thanks.

    • stephen on December 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Unk!

  2. Kat H. on December 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I was heavily influenced by the comic group CLAMP when I was younger, you can still see some of that influence in my current work. Jeff Smith has been a big inspiration since college (I was actually attending CCAD when I first learned of him and it wasn’t until years later that I learned he went there, briefly, before going to OSU and that I had lived in the same city as him for four years!) I also get a lot of inspiration from artists I’ve found online like Stephan McGowan, Hunter Bonyun, Emily Carroll, and Vera Brosgo.

    • stephen on December 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I think CLAMP is great! Looking at Stephan McGowan’s art on Deviantart– wow… So much new people for me to be inspired by! Thanks for sharing these artists!

      • Toru on December 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Oh! My earliest influence was also CLAMP ^^. I think Card Captor Sakura is what first got me into drawing comics :)

        This seems like a good exercise, I’ll try and make a little review of my influences later :)

        Btw, it’s the first time I comment here, I’ve been following this blog? webcomic? for a very short time.

        Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Stephen, they are really interesting and beautifully expressed :)

        • Kat H. on December 15, 2012 at 5:13 am

          Awesome! Card Captor Sakura was my first comic inspiration too (and still one of my favorite comics in general)

  3. John Grigni on December 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    As always, very well done. I hope it inspires others to say who their inspirations are, none of us sprang fully developed from the head of Zeus. But when I was at school, I remember a reluctance to admit that my work was derived from someone else, even when it was recognized as such, for fear it would imply copying or cheating. I’ve grown past that, but I see that behavior in people still.

    • stephen on December 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      That’s a very good point– I think it’s important that we share these things so people know it’s a very natural thing to imitate other artists. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Timothy on December 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Michelangelo -> George Bridgman -> Jim Lee. Though my work has moved away from Jim Lee since drawing from life, I still love the work of all three and their sense of rhythm and anatomy.

    • stephen on December 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I looked up George Bridgman– he’s awesome! THanks for sharing.

  5. Daniel Abeyta on December 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I’m not an artist or writer, but I am inspired by both. Thank you Stephen for such a wonderful reflection on your lineage. It is a practice we can all benefit from, regardless of career. As I teach English to speakers of other languages, it is helpful for me to look back on my lineage of literacy development and second language acquisition. This awareness guides my instruction and, as you articulate, give me a sense of heritage and inspiration. May you continue to be inspired, and thank you for inspiring me :)

    • stephen on December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Daniel! Miss you buddy! I got hang out with Ben and Emily the other day, wish you were there!

  6. Matthew Sample II on December 9, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Forgotten or overlooked influences intrique me.

    As a preteen I was really into Danger Mouse and Mark Kistler’s Secret City. I recently came across some Youtube vids of them, which shed some light on some elements of comic books in my late teens!

    Who knows what influences from our past will percolate into our present work. We are debtors of every man.

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      Thanks Harold for stopping by! I’m glad you’re here!

  9. Dan on December 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Wow…Ug…I wish I had cash to back the kickstarter. :( — I will buy your book in whatever format it comes out in. Digital or Physical.

    This is a great message — my influences are Art Adams, Don Bluth, Walt Disney and Mike Wieringo. Also I am currently staring in awe at Darren Macalvert and Dan Schoening (he does the Ghostbusters comic occasionally). I also draw from Bill Watterson when I can get away with it. The way he draws faces is so…unnaturally naturalistic.

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  16. MA on July 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    And Stephen McCranie has a big influence on me. Remember, you are responsible for you comics! ;)

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