My Favorite Artists, Learning How to Draw, My Teachers, & Drawing Books

My Favorite Artists

Understanding what influences and inspires you can spur your creativity. I have a LOT of favorite artists. You have to love art and appreciate art in order to draw and get better. My favorites artists I mention here will be limited— just because there are so many, but they will be the ones that influence me the most.

1. Lisa Frank— I loved the stickers growing up and the stationary and the folders and just EVERYTHING. So even though my art style looks nothing like hers, I still love it.

2. Vincent Van Gogh— do I need to say more. I have always called his art the beginnings of animation. There are not many painters that can make movement with a single image, so he's my favorite— even if he was a little odd.

3. Daniel Conway— he's more of a lesser-known artist in Europe, but his work is absolutely gorgeous. He's like two or so years older than me, but he's eons ahead of me. I don't recommend comparing yourself to other artists— each person is unique with different hardships and experiences. You are expressing yourself as an artist, so there's no comparison needed.

4. Hayao Miyazaki— probably should be higher on this list, but I'm not trying to put the super famous at the top— just the most influential to me. He is a modern-day Walt Disney, but he does it all. If you don't know him and haven't seen his movies— you are really missing out. My favorites are: Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and My Neighbor Totoro. However, I recommend all of them.

5. Glen Keane— you may not have heard of him, but if you watch Disney, then you have seen his work. He was the lead animator for The Beast, Ariel, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. It's probably very true that we admire the people we will probably never catch up to and this guy is scary good at drawing. Don't be intimidated by your hero's.

Drawing Books

So I used to have a lot more books than I have now (I had all 56 Inuyasha manga, the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, and a bunch more). I moved so much that it was getting difficult to tote and haul all of my books around, so I limit the amount I actually own now.