One of the main reasons why I write this blog is because I love reading about others painting inspiration and little work secrets. The thing about artists is that you don't often see all the work that lays behind what they do, what you see is the final result (a sculpture, a painting...). Since I myself would like to read about this, I figured I had to share my own work process too.
Guess if I was happy when I got to know that Joel Rea (one of my inspirations) was about to share his inspirations through the Instagram account Paintguide.
Amongst his sources of inspiration you'll find the work of Dali, James Gleeson, Jeffrey Smart, Rodney Matthews and more (I have to check them out more properly). Joel Rea seems to have been inspired by surrealism, comics, fantasy and realism.
His own work is amazing, check this one out:
All photos are from their Instagram accounts.
This got me thinking about my own early inspirations, and Lena Furberg definitely is one of them. She's a comic illustrator for the magazine "Min Häst" (my horse).
I remember no other horse series was comparable to hers. I especially liked the detailing and proportions in her work. I could sit for hours studying the lines and then try to make my own version of it.
Think of it for a second, what was your source of inspiration early in life?