Being from New Hampshire, I find myself always inspired by the dense variety of trees, plantlife, and animals. I find the life around me creeping into my works and comics in small ways, in the forms of plants, trees, and local birds. I'll be moving to Washington DC soon, and I find myself already feeling homesick for the forests of New England.
I am inspired by different color swatches and palettes a lot. Color is such an important aspect to me in my art, and I am always seeking new ways to use color and color balances to heighten my pieces. I think that color is the best way to tell stories from my perspective, using it to set moods and establish environments. Sometimes I'll even build my pieces entirely around the colors I use.
Any of Mary Blair's concept work for Disney. She did work for Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan and designed the entirety of the attraction 'It's a Small World'. Her use of color and bold designs has had a lasting influence on how I color and simplify my work. I discovered her in high school and she still continues to influence me to this day.
I think that practicing both traditionally and digitally enhances your work! For awhile I would switch between painting digitally and traditionally, and I found that my digital work influenced my traditional use of color, and vice versa. Most of my work is digital, but I also enjoy inking traditionally and watercolor.
I find that planning out my piece or comics on scrap paper or sticky notes to be extremely helpful to just get my ideas out quickly before I start any final pieces. Doing research is also vital too!
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