One of my all-time inspirations is Alfons Maria Mucha, known internationally as Alphonse Mucha. He was a Bohemian and Czech painter, illustrator, and graphic artist, living in Paris during the Art Nouveau period, best known for his distinctly stylized and decorative theatrical posters.
While I was still in high school my art teacher noticed that I was good at drawing and particularly during one exercise I chose a postcard with the image of the Night’s Rest (first picture in gallery). My teacher saw me recreating the drawing freehand and chose to introduce me to ink-watercolors at that time to paint it. I loved the brilliance of the colors and it came out a lot more vibrant than the original. My mother decided to have it framed and it is still hanging in out house back home.
This artist inspired me with his beautiful renditions of females and beautiful lines. I had a big poster of the zodiac signs in my room and when I visited New York in 2000 I saw one of his originals in the Metropolitan Museum, that was a moment I will always remember. I could not drag myself away from the painting and I was surprised at its size, it was a lot bigger than I imagined them to be.
His line-work was so exquisite, especially for an animation final-line artist like me, where it is all about the line-work, it was a revelation. No wonder I am influenced by his art. I have come to appreciate the framework he often uses to feature his paintings as well as the main portraits. The graphic design was so ahead of his time and he often used flowers in the frames as well. He used the spiritual meaning of the flower language as much as color to convey his message in the images.
He will always be one of my main inspirations for my personal artwork and I have used his influence to illustrate my personal art-works often.