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    @renato…nice sketch and love the finished piece.
    @chris…sweet Rocky & Groot action!!
    @evil…love Harley's expression.
    @seb…dig the dance figure studies. Cute smoke squid.
    @richard..another awesome strip!

    mostly sunday stuff...

    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011 edited
    @mojo: Love the Howard the Duck piece!
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    @Seb fowler- I checked out your animations there -wow really impressive work ! skills!
    @ chris g -the gif is trippy nice one
    @ mojo - the Bat's Christmas card is classic!

    here's some pick's from my gallery show on right now...

    3 large ink drawings

    framed comic books and a digital print

    a wall of small prints and my own comic book rack featuring all of the HEY APATHY! graphic novels ( the rack is my favorite part!)
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
    You gotta know when to hold 'em.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011 edited
    Finally did one of these things:

    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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    nice one @ Sizer, I've got at least 9 of those in my brain map too but right now I'm most interested in seeing how you put them all together in Paul Sizer presents JUDGE DREDD ...
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
    SIzer, I can see a lot of those influences that come out nicely in your work.
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    My list of influences has a bunch of cartoonists and comic artists as well. Think I'll make an influence map this week, it looks like fun.
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
    Hey Apathy - is that at 401 Richmond?
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    Hey Old Hat, the show is at 376 Bathurst Street, I should have got in to the 401 frolic though that place seems really busy right now.
    • CommentAuthorkenbastard
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011

    Ex Monday 9
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011 edited
    @ Sizer - Loving how in sync the palettes are.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
    @ Sizer - Loving how in sync the palettes are.

    Yeah, I noticed that after the fact as well; weird, eh? Guess it is on an atomic level.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011 edited
    Here's my influence map.

    Some notes.

    Van Gogh. The man was a fucking genius who invented modern art almost single handedly. Plus he was crazy so I feel a certain kinship.

    Reg Mombassa. Modern day god of cartoon surrealism. He and Van Gogh taught me to love riotous colour.

    Colin McCahon. Mombassa's main influence.

    Scientific illustration. I had to do hundreds of botanical and geological drawings in college, and developed an appreciation for the natural world.

    Grant Wood. Wood was obsessed with repetitive patterns of identical objects and lush, curvy landscapes. He was also quite probably a closeted gay man, and often included handsome, brawny male figures in his work.

    Chris Tolkien. His cartography blew me away as a kid. I taught myself to draw by observing the patterns of simple shapes Tolkien used to build up his maps, and using them to make maps of my own.

    J R R Tolkien. Taught me the joy of making ornate borders around the edges of drawings.

    Scott Trevelyan. Big name Aussie artist who was in my art class at school. I learned a number of painting techniques by eavesdropping on all the extra one-on-one tuition the art teacher gave Scott, and watching him work. Amusingly enough, Scott painted the above piece in November of last year, a couple of months after I sent him this invitation to my art exhibition. I was flattered.

    Murray Ball. Drew the wildly popular Footrot Flats comic strip for nigh on thirty years. I used to copy some of his strips onto birthday cards for friends, and developed my fine-line techniques.

    Emile Mercer and Ron Cobb. Introduced me to the concept of cutaways as a storytelling technique.

    Paul Chadwick. Wrote and drew Concrete, one of my favourite indie comics, for many years. Chadwick's use of symbolism taught me to be less concerned with realism in my own work.

    Vorticists. Warren introduced Vorticism into Whitechapel last year, and I was seduced by the geometry and high contrast.

    Matt Groening. Futurama is a wonderfully psychedelic interpretation of the Populuxe school of design, and I have based some of my larger works on the Futurama template.

    Seurat and Signac. Pointillists, lovers of rich colour and precise brushwork. Signac in particular produced some vibrantly coloured works.

    Edvard Munch. Colour and texture, colour and texture.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
    Well done, Ian, well interesting.
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    Thanks Paul. More of a challenge than I expected, especially organising them so each piece connected stylistically with those around it, and sizing them according to importance. Looking now, I notice I left out the Vorticists; will have to make a revised map :-/
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
    @Greasemonkey - Murray Ball! I collected Footrot Flats as a kid and wrote him a fan letter, which I'm pretty sure he responded to. I wonder if I still have that somewhere...
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    Murray's pretty good with responding to mail. I sent him a hand drawn card when he announced the end of Footrot Flats, as a gesture of thanks for all the enjoyment I'd had from his work, and he replied with a signed card and a Footrot Flats calendar. I still have some other bits of his correspondence from the 80's and early 90's, when I occasionally used to send fan letters and ask his advice about cartooning and art in general. Still have all the Footrot Flats issues in my library, too.
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    Really interesting influence maps Sizer and Greasemonkey. My influence map is exactly the same as Sizers but instead of Helvetica I have Comic Sans.

    A couple of Alphabeasts for you, will I make it all the way to Z?

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    Love the chance to skim through all the great work here!

    Also - -thanks for the kind feedback! Makes me feel so good my toes tingle!