I feel like I have to keep reminding myself of a lot of the influences that seem ingrained in me but don’t have a constant and obvious presence at the forefront. There’s a lot of passions that have always been there but somehow it’s easy to forget about them, possibly because I just don’t see them enough in daily life.
I usually remember to keep up the detail and complexity but occasionally I’ll see something that reminds me I need to keep taking it to the next level if I can. It’s easier to forget about the colour combinations, delicacy and textures that excite me.
I’m always seeing images that remind me of things I need to do more and I’m starting to become more conscious of the idea that maybe I can’t do some of those things, or at least the same way that other artists do them.
The most obvious non-ingrained influence that I have to keep reminding myself of is the lovely and elegant but seemingly effortless linework of artists like Carlos Nine, Lorenzo Mattotti and Christophe Blain or sculpting of Bernini and Dino Cunsolo. It was age 12 or 13 I started to want less sharp, unvaryingly thin and angular lines, in favour of something more wavy and curvy like the way the wind blows around things.
This style has grown a bit more popular and I’m glad about that. Even artists a bit further removed like Blutch and Sergio Toppi have that full and free flowing quality.
There’s a fairly new artist called Loic Locatelli that also really impresses me but he and a lot of the aforementioned drawers are far more sketchy and loose than I want to be. I really like the sculptural solidity of my best work but I want more of a free flowing feel to go along with it.
One thing that seems like it should have been an ingrained influence by now but I have to keep reminding myself of is the whole dreampop/shoegazing look with all the blurring, faded, hazy shapes, colors and overlapping semi-transparent images. It’s probably just because I’ve been using linear tools all the time that I don’t remember these approaches often enough.
I’ve also been reminding myself of colourful monsters more that used to thrill me as a child. All those toys and Halloween masks with very varied designs and colors. Also been thinking about the gardens and buildings I dimly remember long ago that have a large place in my subconscious but don’t get drawn enough. Just remembering all the things I want to see more of. The solution to all this is usually as simple as drawing more.