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Thread: Favorite artists and inspiration thread

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    Favorite artists and inspiration thread

    Pleas post links to your favorite artists and things that inspire you to improve your art (ie: photos, paintings, events from history, personal moments....

    Some of my favorite artists...

    Norman Rockwell
    paintings
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=norman...w=1238&bih=892

    bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Rockwell


    B. C. Koekkoek
    paintings
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=B.+C.+...w=1238&bih=892

    bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barend_Cornelis_Koekkoek

    Frank Frazetta
    paintings
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=frank+...w=1238&bih=892

    bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta


    Husband & wife team of Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell
    art of Boris
    http://vallejo.ural.net/
    art of Julie
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=julie+...w=1238&bih=892

    Boris's bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Vallejo
    Julie's bio
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Bell

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    Hi Kenmo, great idea for a thread, for me i love the impressionists, there is painter i found while browsing the web, i love her work, http://www.karenwinters.com/ also another really cool painter i like is laura daniel http://laureldaniel.com/

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    Thanks for the links Swansong. Love 'em both but Karen Winters really stands out....

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    Hi kenmo, your welcome, thanks also for your links i love Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, wow some of his paintings are wonderful, reminds me a little of john constable,

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    Ya know what's really messed up and what played havoc with my career was that I was always finding somebody new that blew my socks off. All depended on where I was in my development and who turned me on to somebody. So there's immense value in this thread.

    Early on, in high school, because it was the late 60s, I discovered Peter Max and some of the old Rock Concert posters and album covers.

    Plus I painted anything I could about Middle Earth. And if I saw something done about it, if it was halfway decent, I loved it.

    Most of these were because of what they were using art to sell: Books, Records, etc, and I liked them because of that (before I was an artist):

    Comic Book artists. When I got into being an artist I loved Bernie Wrightson's work among others.

    Bernie Wrightson - copy and paste this:
    http://tinyurl.com/7bs2h6h

    Mort Drucker for Mad Magazine
    http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/...t-drucker.html

    Album Cover Art (nobody consistently until I got to Art School) A lot of that stuff nowadays looks a bit trite. But at the time it was hot.

    Paperback Art - Frazetta, Brothers Hildebrandt, old bug-eyed monster pulps, though they were scarce all this pre-internet availability). And all the covers that painted beautiful people so freaking well. Men's war stuff, Women's trashy romance covers - Pfeifer was really great. Pino always blew my mind, even though I never read the romances he was illustrating. And Berkey was particulary exciting for hardware science fiction covers. Lots of chiseled splashy images of space opera.

    Pfeiffer:
    http://fredpfeifferartist.blogspot.com/

    Pino (he just passed away -- sad):
    http://thekeywestgallery.com/pino/index.php

    Berkey:
    These addresses are too long. It's easier to just google images search him "Berkey Artist"

    But when I started getting interested in painting I went through all the old masters, came up to Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth.

    Finally I got into Art and Illustration as an end in itself. And from that point in has never stopped -- a long cavalcade of really amazing work. For me this question has always been like asking which language is the most beautiful.

    Movie posters, magazines etc were groovy. Robert Peak, Bob Heindel, Mark English, Drew Struzan, Richard Amsel etc.

    http://www.bobpeak.com/

    http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/...t-heindel.html

    http://www.drewstruzan.com/

    http://www.adammcdaniel.com/RichardAmsel.htm

    Google Images him: Dave Grove illustrator

    But I will always walk this walk. And thanks for putting this thread in. Too bad I can't scan some of this work I have collected over the years and put it up online because the resolution would be way better than the low rez stuff with these links. Give them the benefit of the doubt and figure the art is mind blowing.

    There are hundreds of other artists who have blown my mind and I want to paint just like them until the next one comes along and wow's me. Haven't even gotten into movie production design and illustrations to abstract expressionism, to bougoise realism, to Greek and Roman to Ancient India. . . I love it all, depending on the day and my mood.

    Hope this is of some interest.

    Attached is the first illustration I noticed for the art of it rather than the story of it. And this one was a Time Magazine cover by Bob Peak. I was always blown away by his flair with his drawing as the base of much of his work for which he got known.
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    What a great thread this is and thanks to all who have left links to such great artists. I have spent so much time going through them and its been a great source of inspiration. Thanks again
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    I also enjoy the art of fellow Canadian Robert Bateman who is best known for his wildlife art....

    http://www.robertbateman.ca/

    http://www.google.ca/search?q=robert...w=1244&bih=849

    Also I love the hot rod art of American artist Tom Fritz
    http://www.fritzart.com/

    http://www.google.ca/search?q=tom+fr...w=1244&bih=849
    Last edited by kenmo; 01-13-2012 at 03:29 AM.

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