the ones I like best. Well, at least the ones I am most used to. Which for most of the time is the most important thing for me and my workflow. Anywho… I decided to head home through another part of town from were I came, and ended up in Trondheimsveien.
After a quick browse inside a small cosy old time tobacco store, something suddenly hit me. “Hadn’t I seen a used comic book store in this street?” I did a quick map search on my phone for Lucky Eddie comic book store. And yup, I had remembered correctly. Just up the street from were I where standing, it laid. So I got on my bike again and headed up to it. Once inside the doorway my jaw dropped. OMG what a heavenly store for a comic geek like me! Comics of all sorts. Donald Duck in abundance, Superman, Superboy, Spider-man….. the list goes on. I browsed a good while smiling for myself as I discovered comic upon comic from my childhood.
Moebius (picture above and below this text) is an artist which, if you do not know of, I urge you to get some of his graphic novels if you are into sci-fi. They will blow you mind. His drawing style have been a huge influence on me since I first laid eyes on the John DiFool series. The universe in that man’s head is beyond anything I have seen. He has a humor in his panels even when the scenes he illustrate can be hard and gory. And he can switch so elegantly between a comical line to a much more classical and serious in the same novel without it looking odd and misplaced. A great source of inspiration. Some of his best work is done in collaboration with Alexandro Jodorovsky. A man whose fantastic stories can be like a living Salvador Dali painting.
Another thing I find inspirational in this book, is the same thing I find inspirational with sketches as well. The drawing technique. I enjoy certain kinds of techniques. Not that I think I will manage to put into words how this technique is, but I will try to give a little picture of it.
The line have to be loose, yet firm. I have to see some certainness from the artist in his lines. I like a good and gritty style with a pencil that has ran freely across the paper. But at the same time there have to be some kind of order. Even if this is through chaos. Ordered chaos. Yes, that might be a good term for it.
Inspiration is never a problem. Its rather to sort it all out and collect the ones I want to use, archive the once I might use later and throw out the ones I don’t need.a multitude of sources
It is by far the most fruitful of all the sources. Within the contrasts of the world lays everything you will ever need to get inspired to make great art.A few closing words
Fig. 1, from Lucky Eddie, http://luckyeddie.no/
Fig. 2, “Roger Dean – views” and The Technopriests books
Fig. 3, from the Roger Dean book
Fig. 4 and 5, from The Incal – “The Fifth Essence I – The Dreaming Galaxy”
Fig. 6, from “Frank Lloyd Wright – Monograph 1951-1959”
Fig. 7 from “Dali – Paintings” Tachen
Fig . 8, my own photo
Fig. 9, from “H.R. Giger – Necronomicon” Edittion C