Friday, February 12, 2010

My Creative Influences

Here is a fun exercise, list who your creative influences are and see if it helps you get in touch with your own aesthetic. What is it that helps mold you as an artist? I feel it's all your favorite artists and designers, each impacting your art in a different, yet profound way, that help to shape the artist you become. I've linked each artist to a page describing their work, so that you can get a better idea of where my design sense is coming from. They are listed in no certain order.

1. Paul Rand, a corporate identity genius. Take a look at his portfolio and you'll see what I'm talking about.

2. Saul Bass, brought graphic design to moving pictures, by way of title sequences.

3. Paula Scher, amazing woman in the graphic design industry, a definite roll model for women in the biz.

4. Miro, I enjoy his use of color and the playful quality of his work

5. Eva Zeisel, she is amazing, born in 1906 and still designing.

6. Frank Gehry, his organic architecture is either loved or hated, I love it.

7. Charles and Ray Eames, their sense of design and form were amazing.

8. Maurice Sendak, I loved his books and his illustrations made me want to draw.

9. Vasily Kandinskywas a pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist

10. Paul Klee, his abstract style, use of color, texture and line are what I connect with

This was really fun, like a trip down memory lane from childhood on up through my career. I'd love to see who influences you in your work! Feel free to share.


joyefulart said...

This is a great idea for a post!! Will love to see what other people post. Klee, yep, definitely an inspiration also!
I guess my greatest inspiration would be Matisse(colors and patterns) and Mozart(how can anyone really compose like that?)
Great blog!!

frauheuberg said...

oh, really wonderful post idea...and so exciting to discover...i love also chagall,klimt (the colours)...but much more...mabye i write someday about it, too...thanks for your inspiration...lovley to start in the weekend...have a lovley one...until then...cheers ines...

Jill said...

Thanks ladies! I had a great time working on this. It was like a walk down art history lane. It was fun to uncover what I feel influences my work.

joyefulart, I agree with Mozart

frauheuberg, Chagall is another great artist for color.

Angie Allen said...

This is a fantastic post. I loved diving into your links and learning more about what inspires you. Thanks for sharing!

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