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    • CommentAuthoraltheak
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007 edited
    Rob Liefeld.

    I just ask myself: What would Rob Liefeld do? And then, I do the exact contrary. Nothing works better when I'm drawing.
    • CommentAuthorredben
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
    What would Rob Liefeld do?

    That should be a bumper sticker.
    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
    I'll write the why for Rachmaninoff and thats about it. There is no song in the world more gut wrenching and utterly depressing and world ending as Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor. And no I'm not talking about the half ass version on the Shine soundtrack. I'm talking about the full version that speeds up in parts. David Helfgott does have a CD where he plays it but if you really look around you can find a copy of ol' Sergei playing it. The ingenuity of modern music is so vastly different from the early 1900's and this is a shining example of it. While we're getting lost in our technology or anti-technology styled musics, its good to add some study. There's nothing quite like Russian classical.
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    Actual influences on my work instead of people who simply do work I like:

    Frank Frazetta
    John Singer Sargent
    NC Wyeth
    George Bridgman
    Joseph Clement Coll
    Will Eisner
    John Buscema
    Bernie Wrightson
      CommentAuthorEvan W Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007 edited
    Rembrandt is up there, but I'd love to find out who actually did the Man with the Golden Helmet painting one day, it gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it, which is a feat when looking at art online I'd say.
    The Man with the Golden Helmet
    Then there's
    Carlos Huante
    Marko Djurdjevic definitely seems to be takin a hold of the concept art industry

    Shit, there are a ton I can't think of, but pretty much if I've heard of em, they've been influential.
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    Francis bacon
    heinrich kley
    edward gorey
    alex gray
    james jean
    chris mars
    derek hess
    audrey kawasaki
    ben templesmith

    I feel I've taken something from each of them that has drastically affected my own work and my perception of art in general.
    • CommentAuthorlasse_toft
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
    i just went through the page and didn't see Bill Sienkiewicz on it, soooo...

    Bill Sienkiewicz.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
    Good Call on Sienkiewicz.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Paul Pope
    Ben Templesmith
    Frank Quietly
    Simon Bianchi
    Philip Bond
    JH Williams
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2007
    Barron Storey : insane details, lots of layering, always a story hidden in the art.
    Modigliani : Crude and effective.

    cool question.
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    I didn't see anyone mention these guys so I think a shout out is required...

    Steve Bissette & John Totleben

    I think Hogarth needs a mention for his serial paintings/engravings like The Rake's Progress and Marriage a la Mode too.
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    Steve Dillon - absolutely priceless visual narrative.

    John Cassaday - Perfect composition of pages and its panels, not to mention the beauty of his art.

    J.H. Williams III - genius of page layout.

    Jim Lee - his splash pages are simply stunning, and his artwork manages to work for all genres, which is surprising.

    Frank Cho - incredibly smooth pencils and - of course - his women.

    Rob Liefeld - how NOT to draw.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
    Joseph Vargo
    Zdzislaw Beksinski (god i hope i spelled that right)
    luis royo
    silvestri (doesn't really fit in with the others, but if I were to gain usage of my hands again for drawing and whatnot, my illustration style would be heavily influenced by him...)
    brian froud
    chad ward
    ashley wood
    ben templesmith

    very inspiring people for me...i have a thing for dark, raw edged, energy filled painting...i also really like suydam's style and color usage sometimes...i have a moonknight zombie print he did all in orange, yellow and browns that i am really really fond of. I like rotty colors...:/
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2007
    rotty colors

    best description of Suydam's work that i've heard yet.

    i love me some ashley wood and Templesmith. Froud is a good call too.
  6.  (138.35)
    At the moment?

    Gustaf Klimpt
    Egon Scheile

    Probably lots of other people, but that's just off the top of my head as the most significant. I'd have to look through all my books and favorite websites and links and then the people I talk to...