Favorite Artist

8:12 AM

My favorite color is sage green. 
My favorite food is peanut butter. 
My favorite James Bond movie is Goldfinger.
I'm the kind of person that likes having favorites. I like to rank things for some reason. I know what I like and what I don't like, and I know my favorites...in practically every category of life.

But something strange happened the other day. I was chatting with someone about art, and he asked me who my favorite artist is. And I drew a blank. I didn't have a clue. I fumbled with my answer, as I felt it would be incredibly snobbish to say "Well, I actually don't like any of them..." I couldn't believe how stumped I was with this question! How can I not appreciate any artists?! The first "artists" that came to mind were "whoever draws ninja turtles" and "the illustrators of the 1992 X-Men cartoon," but those hardly seemed like intelligent answers. For someone who loves to draw as much as I do, I find it odd that there are so few artists I look up to. 

Finally my mind drifted to comic strips, which is where my artistic heart lies. I like the simple whimsy of comics, with clean pen lines and a vibe that reminds you of doodles in your jr. high trapper keeper. And when I think of comics, Calvin & Hobbes is one of my favorites. I think little Calvin is so cute with his giant head and teeny tiny little boy body, and I love the whole concept of the strip with Hobbes and adventure and make-believe. So for the time being, I guess you could say that Bill Watterson is my favorite artist, or at least one of them. The creator of Calvin deserves some recognition. The doodles above were from a page of my attempts to draw people in the Bill Watterson style. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? And I'll do my best to like some more artists in the future.

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  1. Norman Rockwell doesn't deserve a nod, after you grew up with him? (and how about all the art-by-Susan-Motley?) starving artist in Ventura


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