There are a few artists from my childhood who had a HUGE impact on me, and I didn’t realize it until later in my adulthood.
One such artist is Stephen Gammell. You may recognize this:
Oh yes. I’m sure you remember this. This stuff used to scare the crap out of me, but I LOVED the drawings. I was fascinated by their morbid darkness, the shading techniques, the black ink, the overall creepiness (as a kid, I’m sure I just thought, “that looks cooooooool!”).
I am terribly thankful for the existence of Stephen Gammell, and for the memories of his work that were deeply instilled my mind’s eye. I believe they have had a significant impact on my style.
I did another character study for Miss This & That. I actually sort’ve loathe this drawing. Which is why it’s at the tail-end of this post. Jake had to put up with a lot of grumbling while I grudgingly finished shading it. I hoped that after finishing it I would have a change of heart, but really, for some reason I still hate it.
However, I liked the characters a bit, especially Miss That.
Finally getting somewhere with Miss This? We shall see.