So, when I hit a slump (an artistic slump) & I can't think of anything to draw, I start looking for inspiration. Often this involves hours of looking at blogs & drawing board, drawergeeks, etc. or I'll look through art books I have or go to the library. This week I took out one of my favorites: Norman Rockwell. He was not just an incredibly talented illustrator but a great character designer. He could fill the canvas with so much emotion & feeling. You look at his characters & they are alive in this surreal, funny environment. I could never compare myself to Rockwell, but it's something I strive for in my own illustration. To craft an image that is funny, well done & triggers a feeling. I took one of Rockwell's early illustrations (Dining Out) & adapted it to my robot. After I finished that one, the ideas started flowing & I finished 2 more illos today. It works just about every time. I said this morning that Wile E. Coyote is my spirit guide. He never gives up.
1 year ago