I am finally coming to the end of my NeonMob collection of fantastical animals! I still have a few more to post here, although if you want to see them now, go and visit my Instagram – @bsincyart !
Nearly a year ago, I created a similar post to this about the inspirations and influences of my artwork. Now, prompted by the ‘august artist appreciation month’ and Patience Brewster’s (<– check out their website for unique, arty gifts!) project to kickstart a conversation between artists about inspiration, I have decided to post another!
Firstly, the artists that I mentioned last year still inspire me today, so instead of repeating myself, you can read about those here and I will add on to them now!
Since I have grown to enjoy illustration more than concept art over the past year, shown by my recent fantastical animals illustrations, artists such as Trent Kaniuga, Peter Mohrbacher, Aaron Blaise, Adam Duff and James Gurney have been among the many artists that have driven me to create more. This is for not only their incredible artist talent and ability, but also their unstoppable passion for what they do. For example, all of them have YouTube channels dedicated to sharing their knowledge on all types of topics in art. Adam Duff in particular not only has tutorials for technical painting, but also does talks on the reality and business behind being an artist/illustrator. This advice and knowledge is incredibly useful for an aspiring illustrator due to the wisdom and experience they hold and has inspired me greatly to paint more and more. There are of course many other sources of inspiration for me, although the talent and professionalism from every artist I have mentioned not only affects me but also thousands of other aspiring and already established artists around the world.
The Youtube channels of the artists I have mentioned:
Trent Kaniuga: https://www.youtube.com/user/novacolonyshow
Peter Mohrbacher: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-bbXGgvUq-RxOKlag2jszw
Aaron Blaise: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0lLeNdvLrFozQRsQ1TQiAw
Adam Duff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf-cfRJyxATGTgWGiFkFUWA
James Gurney: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIoOLzT1jbxAcPW99xn0zQ
After some practise with drawing crystals in my diamond snake illustration, I was confident to start another piece with the same idea, this time a stag with antlers painted with a lot of detail and sharpness, to contrast to the softer parts of the image which surround it.
I have never properly drawn diamonds or crystals before, so to jump straight into it without practise before this piece was quite risky. However, even though I know I haven’t caught the gem/crystal-look perfectly, I feel like I have made a decent enough job to make this illustration part of my NeonMob, fantastical animals collection!
Yet another piece to go towards my NeonMob, fantastical animals collection. The idea of making some of their features look as though they are made out of fire seems to work well and almost gives it a Pokemon-like feel! However, I will veer off into a slightly different direction in future illustrations…
This is another digital piece to go towards my NeonMob collection of images, a lilac breasted roller who’s body has similar colouring, due to their vibrancy, but different, strange features, especially on its wings. These illustrations will also hopefully have some more interesting names once I have finished them!…