I know I’m procrastinating again, but what the heck. Until I get into that singular mode of “artistic fervor” I won’t be able to do a piece I can be proud of. Don’t worry, it’s coming … But until then, here are 4 guys whose art greatly influenced my style.
Norman Rockwell, Drew Struzan, George Perez and Alex Ross.
Norman Rockwell’s idealized depictions of everyday life compelled America to view his Saturday Evening Post covers even when the articles weren’t as good. And, boy, was he prolific: over 4,000 original works. Whew! Check out his Golden Rule at left.
Drew Struzan, the jedi master of movie poster art. Think of an iconic hand-painted movie poster done in the last 35 years, and odds are he did it. Spielberg, Lucas, and M. Night Shyamalan are big fans of his work. And-he-is-fast! Real impressive when you do pieces on 1:1 scale.
George Perez has a clean, fluid style that just looks great on the page. And he’s the guy to beat when it comes to action-packed, group superhero pieces. Teen Titans, Avengers and, of course, Crisis.
And then there’s Alex Ross. Who’s work is a combination of all three styles really. You just can’t beat the photorealism. The pieces, they just come to life. Heroes and Villains straight out of our collective subconscious and we see them, feel them, even hear them. Gets me every time.