Obviously, we all have a lot of artists who have inspired us in the way or another; whether it's dramaturgy, narrative style, atmosphere, work ethics, etc. However, in this thread, I'd like to focus on talking about Western/European artists' art styles which inspired, influenced an' shaped the way you draw an' design your characters. Feel free to interpret this as you wish. I'll go first,
Chris Sanders Seeing Lilo and Stitch as a kid, inspired me to draw people as before that, I had only drawn animals n'" cute creatures". The roundness of it all was the key thing for me, really.
Sophie Campbell (Wetmoon especially vol. 5). Her style showcased so many different body types and how the character can keep realism, but still be very unique and identifiable.
Tom of Finland (A.ka Touko Laaksonen) for me, "Mike" is an excellent example of a fine line between cartoony n' realistic hunk male bodies. Muscular male body type was a tad foreign waters for me at the time. It's porn, I know, buuuut...
Alessandro Barbucci — W.I.T.C.H (however, it gotta be said, Giada Perissinotto is me absolute favourite ). W.I.T.C.H was the first comic with human protagonists that I really started to read actively. Before that, I had only read Garfield and Moomins. To put it shortly, W.I.T.C.H is the reason my characters are people. Boring, but critical, innit?
I believe you can see a pattern goin' on here. I certainly, can.
Of course, I read a lot of manga when I was a teenager, but I can't really say it has been the defining factor of my art style, and thus, the title.
Also, post your comics or art down here, please! I'd love to check out your style.
Here are mine, if you wanna check 'em out. ️
Here's also my Webtoon short story contest entry