Influence Map - Done ? Picture

Just because I’m an horrible artist doesn’t mean I can’t speak about my inspirations, right ? Here are the styles and works that inspire me the most. I only put visual inspiration per se there ; when it comes to storytelling, or movement, it’s another thing. Now to give a little info about the revelance of these images :

1) Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau : I know it’s kind of trendy to cite Mucha as one of your inspirations this particular year, but it’s true. I admire his sense of composition, his classical yet original take on mythological figures and human proportions, his colors and how well they translate as advertisement. Art Nouveau is the great “Could have been” of the twentieth century : it’s a style that tried to conciliate the harsh asperity of industrialization and modernization with our love of Nature and our need to live in a beautiful urban world. I’d love to live in an Art-Nouveau-styled house…
(Mucha, advertisement for the play “Medea”)

2) Brett Helquist : Okay, he IS the one who illustrated my favorite book series of all time, but he’s still a fantastic artist. He can transform anything and anyone in a caricature esthetic while still keeping a very classy vibe. And there’s a lot of fantasy and humor throughout all of his works…
(Cover for “A stranger at Green Knowe”)

3) Jackson Pollock : the first contemporary artist I came to actually like when I was very young. Yes, it’s just paint he has dropped on a canvas. Yet why do we remember each of his paintings so well ? And why are his paint drops unlike anyone else ? I don’t know. He’s a frigging Midas. Sometimes something random is much more expressive than any self-satisfied pile of overthinking. We could learn from that.
("Untitled No. 14," – okay this one is probably a fake but I really like it anyway…)

4) David B, Marjane Satrapi and « L’Association » : David B is one of my favorite French comic book artists. His style convinced Marjane Satrapi to draw and later direct “Persepolis.” He can express his sense of dread and his phantasmagoric nightmares with an imagination that leaves me speechless.
(Taken from “L’Ascension du Haut Mal”)

5) El Greco : It seems that just any later artistic “revolution” was anticipated by El Greco. He’s the ultimate maverick in the History of Art yet he’s not that well known. I sympathize with him because of his tendency to draw characters that are way too tall, which may or may not have been due to the fact he had a very bad sight. I had the exact same problem when I was a kid – I found some drawings I made some years ago and could not believe how stupidly long and skinny the people I drew were…

6) Ancient Egyptian Art : …Or the very reason I draw like crap. I was a wannabe-Egyptologist at age seven, and because of that, I tried to imitate the proportion canon of Egyptian paintings rather than focus on more realistic subjects. It took me a long time to forget that, but I can still draw a very convincing Egyptian character with my eyes closed. But three-point perspective ? Zero. Way to know my priorities here…
(Akhenaton with his daughter)

7) Escher Perspectives : Oh, the fun Escher gave us. He made mathematical aberrations look pretty and damn, how cool he was for that.
(M. C. Escher « Relativité », 1953)

8) Steampunk : Pipes ! Steam engines ! Brass ! Wheels and clockworks ! Rust ! What’s not to like about Steampunk ? Is there any cooler esthetic to illustrate your stories ?
( Steampunk Octopus by
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