In an effort to combat severe artist's block, I've been mining the recesses of my inspiration files. I keep an extensive archive of artist's websites and books because looking at really great art always makes me want to draw...and I'm always on the lookout for new people to obsess over...so with that in mind, I'm gonna share some of my favourite artists with you guys.
(for simplicity's sake, i'm restricting this to non-deviantart members)Egon Schiele
By far my favourite artist, ever. Schiele was a figure/landscape artist who was part of the Austrian Secessionist movement. The moment I saw his work, five years ago?, it was like...I don't even know. It was like someone grabbed a hold of my ribs and never let go. His work continues to amaze and engage me after all this time. His use of line is astounding, totally brave and intuitive...and his interaction with the page, his use of color blocking....I could go on and on. He's also never afraid to be ugly, which is something I know I struggle with. [link]Gustav Klimt
I'm sure you've all seen his famous painting, the Kiss, in every college dorm room. I was never really more than a passing fan of his work until I saw some of it in person. It has a real presence. The beauty and ornament in his paintings can be distracting, but there's something real to it, too, which once you discover, really makes the art something special.[link]Kent Williams [link]
He's most well known for his work on The Fountain, which I've never read. He's an incredibly talented figure drawer and painter, which is why I like him. He also uses really interesting and modern subjects, which is nice to see.Jinyoung Shin [link]
Jinyoung Shin used to be on DA, but left some time ago. Her work is like...schiele meets anime meets fashion illustration. Beautiful. Her website is still under construction, but in the meantime she has a regularly updated image blog.Yoshitaka Amano
You all probably know Amano already. He's famous mostly for designing characters for the Final Fantasy series, and also he did a volume of Sandman..but I mostly experience him through his illustrations for the Vampire Hunter D novels. Beautiful brushy quality to his work, gorgeous color and use of pattern...elegant, I think, would be the word. I like that he's not afraid to make things that are purely beautiful.[link]Joan Miró
A surrealist painter and sculptor from Spain. I don't usually like abstract or surrealist art, but there's something about his work that touches me. He was the first artist I ever got into...when I was about five years old. I kid you not. I wasn't so into it for a while, but recently I've been digging up my old books again. These digital images don't really so the work justice--much of it is really, really huge, i believe.[link]Kate Sylvester [link]
My favourite fashion designer. She works in New Zealand, unfortunately. I love the modern/urban coolness that clashes with the elegant simplicity in her clothes. Take a look at her line from a few years ago, Art Groupie.Kansai Yamamoto
A Japanese knitwear designer who unfortunately no longer designs clothes I believe. He's become kind of a powerhouse label. He designed the clothes for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour. I once paid 160 dollars for one of his sweaters: it's way oversized, black and white, with a beaded motorcycle on the back.[link]The Brothers Quay
I've talked a little about these guys before; they're two slightly creepy looking twins who make (mostly) creepy puppet animation movies. Their movie Street of Crocodiles was the direct inspiration behind my Recycle Project painting, Crocodiles: [link]
I don't really know what to say except, they're awesome. They're also from around my hometown, which makes me like them even more.[link]
<-- the Youtube link for Street of Crocodiles. I'd also recommend their short film, the Cabinet of Jan Svankmeyer. I've heard that Institut Benjamina is also good, though I've never seen it. Amazing soundtracks, too.Amy Hempel
My favourite author. The master of flash fiction. Beautiful, beautiful sentences. I read a story by her every night before I go to sleep.[link]
<--the link to the Google Books excepts from her anthology, Reasons to Live. Of the stories you can read in here, I recommend "Breathing Jesus". Her stories are usually no more than a few pages long, so they don't take long to read.
Alright guys, it's your turn. Who inspires you?
---------------------------Work TOU as of December 2010
I'm sorry to say that I am no longer allowing my work to be used by other artists for tubing, tags, etc. Yes, I did previously allow this given an earlier disclaimer, and therefore any artwork that has already been created is fair game, but I ask that from this point on anyone who wants to use my pieces in their own work, in ANY way, ask for my explicit permission, each time. All other permissions are null and void.