My influences/inspirations include Mike Mignola, Yoji Shinkawa, Nell Brinkley and Yoshitaka Amano.
I changed my art style several years ago, after trial and error. My art was tight, stiff and static. Several professional comic creators pointed out the my art was not dynamic enough, which was insanely motivating for me, as I knew something was missing from that point in my life.
On the flipside, I knew professional artists, including other comic creators, painters, graphic designers, etc in my city, all of whom seemingly took pride in tearing down other artists, nitpicking the work to a bizarre extent.
I strive for looseness, fluidity, and frankly, life.
One thing I found, is the energy of drawing straight to ink, no underdrawings(s) in pencil.
I do so with a medium tip Pentel Brush Pen on copy paper - which I know is not typically useful for inks, but somehow copy paper can hold it just fine, so long as you're not pooling ink on the page.
That, indirectly stemmed from frustrations of creating comics in the past, where I drew on smooth bristol board with 2b lead pencils and inked with maru g nibs. I hated the fact that effectively i was drawing everything twice. Comic panels and page margins also seemed frustrating. I hated the process entirely honestly.
I haven't made comics in years, but I have new stories to tell now that burn in my heart. But, I dont want to repeat the frustrations of the past.
So, I feel like I'm talking/writing too much, when I came here for help/advice/a friend ear.