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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Influences


I guess one of the biggest hurdles any artist faces is hiding who your influences are (or perhaps to put it another way, to hide where you've been stealing from).
I can look at this and see all the Gerald Scarfe I've absorbed over the years but there's also plenty of Chuck Jones in it as well (I think, or perhaps would hope). Posted by Hello

11 comments:

abuliac said...

There's something in this one that reminds me of Trogdor. "Consummate Vs! I said comsummate Vs!"

(I wish I knew the artists you're mentioning... then I might be able to say something more relevant!)

Tweedledopey said...

I've heard of Chuck Jones before, but hadn't head of Gerald Scarfe. But I definitely like your stuff too. I don't know if hiding your influences is the hardest part. I think differentiating your work from your influences is just as hard.

Elliot said...

Periangel - tell me more of this Trogor!

Chuck Jones was one of the great Warner Brothers directors, responsible for stacks of great Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons.
He also created the Road Runner and Coyote among many, many others.
He certainly had the most individual style of all the WB film makers.
He was probably the most talented of the directors there, depending on who you are agueing about it with.
Gerald Scarfe is an English illustrator, known mostly for his animation design in the Pink Floyd movie "The Wall".
Beyond that he's known for some seriously cutting political cartoons.
His work is sometimes compared to that of Ralph Steadman, another English illustrator.
Ralph is best known for his work for Hunter S. Thompson.
They both wield nib and ink ferociously.
They both have websites.

Tweedledopey said...

TROGDOR!!!!!!!!!

Elliot said...

Ah.
Trogdor.
I see!

Tweedledopey said...

I just wanted to make sure you clicked on the link, and that I wasn't correcting your spelling only (in the most egregious, impolite fashion possible). It was customary to never merely say the name, but rather, to yell TROGDOR!!!!

Elliot said...

Yah yah dude, calm down, I was with you on that one.

Paradigm Shifter said...

I can see the Chuck Jones influence in that one...

Elliot said...

Yeah - there's a bit of the Witch Hazels about it.
I do try not to make it obvious, but if people recognise the influences at least I know I'm keeping good company.

abuliac said...

Ah... I see!

I feel honored to have been able to introduce you to StrongBad. Thanks for linking to Trogdor, Tweedle!

I browsed the Chuck Jones site for a while... and came across a quotation I really liked: "The whole essence of good drawing—and of good thinking, perhaps—is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be." I think that is something I like about these drawings.

Elliot said...

Then I am very pleased to have introduced you to Chuck Jones!

 
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