First was the comic, then came the film.
I've always been one to wear my influences on my sleeve, because none of us artists got to where we are alone.
I've been influenced by many more than I have listed here, but these are the artists and storytellers that had a direct influence on the way I compose a page , all the way down to how i tell a story and Artistic technique.
Some of these artists had a big hand in me realizing that I could actually be a comic book artist/ writer myself, not just a kid who traced and copied their drawings.
These are my top 10 (in no particular order) hopefully other aspiring artists out there will look into some of these legends and find some inspiration as I did.
1.Barry Windsor Smith (pictured above)
2. Dawud Anyabwile (@brothermancomix)
4.Wendy & Richard Pini (@wendypini @richardpini)
5.Mike Mignola (@mikemignola)
6.Ralph Bakshi (@ralph_bakshi )
8.Kagan McLeod (@kaganmcleod
9.Fernando Caretta (@fernando.caretta)
10.Jim Lee (@jimleeart )
#keefcross #influences #top10 #homage
I began creating Dayblack in 2000 during my first year as an apprentice tattooing at this little "shop" called Alien Touch Tattoo in Five Points Mall ( yup the flea market) in downtown Atlanta .
Since the very first issue that I had printed at Kinkos, it's gone through many changes and it reflects in the different covers over the years until I finally settled on the iconic red cover, which has probably become the most recognizable thing I've ever done....
I can't believe at one point the cover was going to actually be blue ...but that's because at one point the book wasn't even about him being a vampire (or a slave) so once I made that switch, the color red became a Natural Choice....
(SIDE NOTE : people often ask why Merce has tattoos on the cover but not in the book, well it's because , I use the tattoos to tell the story of what goes on in that particular chapter, so if you look close you'll see references of things that happen in the story, but since he was bitten as a slave, he wouldn't be able to get a tattoo in the present day.)
Music and film play a big role in my creation process. At one point i wanted to be a filmmaker, so I approach designing a page the same way a cinematographer would a scene in a movie. I
like to listen to music that's a little left field, because sometimes if I don't understand the lyrics right away, it lets my imagination run wild and gives me different visuals to draw from. I also draw a lot from life experiences.
Not only does it make the work more authentic, but also relatable because I feel like everyone can relate to the joys and pains of everyday life.
DayBlack Film Screening at
Mano A Mano Art Show Art Is King 2014 Group Art Show
THE WAY OF THE ARTIST
Saturday November 22 8pm – 1am
$5 COVER OR DONATION. (SEE DETAILS BELOW)
Art Show Guests can pay $5 cover or must bring a donation of:
A bag of canned goods, 5 cans minimum OR Winter Coat, OR Warm Blanket OR Hat Gloves Scarf Set.
All collected goods will go towards the Homeless and Hungry this holiday season thru the work of the Umbrella Project check it HERE
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Atlanta Tech Village
3423 Piedmont Rd
Atlanta GA 30305
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