the only way to completely erase my drawings are with holy water
contemp. artist 5/5: suhnarl
The tumblr user suhnarl is my favourite artist from tumblr. I usually watch suhnarl’s live streams, and it’s interesting to watch because throughout their streams, they make it look so easy to draw. They also stream movies and music, it’s great. I found myself sketching to French accordion music. They use such an incredibly beautiful color palette. The way that they draw is a fantastic blend of digital painting and sketching. She uses very strong lines. They draw a lot of fanart, something that I love to take part in. They are also currently in school so its nice to look up to somebody who’s at the same level.
contemp. artist 4/5: annie wu
Annie Wu encouraged me to go to an art program. When I was unsure about going into art or what to expect, Annie Wu had told me I was on the right track. She told me this on Flickr when I was in grade 12, because I had messaged her for some advice because I had nothing to lose and I honestly thought she wouldn’t respond. She did, though. Elaborated on what I should expect and what I should include in my portfolios. She was extremely helpful and I’ll forever be grateful for that one message. She now lives in New York and is a successful illustrator that is slowly bridging into animation. She recently was a prop/character colour designer for The Venture Brothers and I just really like when my two worlds intersect.
contemp. artists 3/5: liz artinian
I have the upmost difficulty illustrating backgrounds. It’s hard for me to create a setting when I’m concentrating too much on its detail or how to simplify it. It is my Achilles’ heel when it comes to drawing. So I’m always taken aback when I see a background painting from Liz Artinian. She is the background painter for one of my favourite shows, The Venture Brothers. Her background work varies from huge laboratories, castles to trailers. She mixes traditional and digital media, using watercolors as a bases and then working on it more on Photoshop and Illustrator, so bringing in a digital aspect to traditional pieces is something very important to me.
contemp. artist 2/5: dan mumford
I realized that I discover a lot of my most influential illustrators from my music and Dan Mumford is one of them. There is something beautiful in the complexity of his linework and how every stroke he draws suggests form and movement really well. He begins his process by inking his works on a poster sized paper and then imports them onto Adobe Illustrator and decides the colour palette then. The way Dan Mumford uses lines to insinuate movement, form and shadow is what that I would like to see in my own work and he inspires me to use inks often in my sketchbook.