I'm going to start a thread here sharing art and images that never stop inspiring me, whether it's the masterful line work, composition, stylization, use of colour, whatever… here are some pretty things that I can always go back to when I need a pick-me-up of inspiration. ^^

Let's start with: Coles Phillips! Famous for his "Fadeaway Girls" of the early 20th century.


Tyrus Wong, a truly masterful artist known for his pastel works and the concept art he did for Disney's "Bambi".


Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. One of my absolute favourite watercolour artists. Her "How-To Watercolour" books are essentials on my art bookshelves!

Her website: shadowscapes.com/


Oh nooo, I broke the thread! 😭 You can find the rest of the toots starting here: comicscamp.club/@Rheall/108762

Virginia Frances Sterrett. Masterful illustrator from the early 1900s, known for her gorgeous art-nouveau style, and her depictions of fairy tales and fanciful worlds.

Unfortunately she died young, at the age of 31 of tuberculosis. 😢


Giovanni Boldini. Late 19th and early 21th-century portrait painter known for his energetic and expressive brushstrokes.


Of course, no list of inspiring artists would be complete without Alphonse Mucha. :D Here are some sketches and unfinished concepts of his.


Liu Jiyou, a Chinese painter who was known for his paintings of animals in a beautiful calligraphic style.


Walter Ratterman. Early 20th century genre painter of magazine illustrations, ads, and magazine covers.


Another no-brainer: J.C. Leyendecker, an early 20th century magazine and ad painter. Known for his advertising illustrations made for Arrow Collars and his gorgeous stylized, hatch-y paint strokes. He was gay AF, and his paintings of men are so beautiful.


Kay Nielsen, another art nouveau-inspired children's book and fairy tale illustrator who also collaborated with Disney (most notably on the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence in "Fantasia"). He also did some concept art for an earlier adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" which ultimately didn't happen; at least not until 1989, long after his death.


I don't know much about Mirko Hanak, a Czech man who painted in a very Chinese brushwork-inspired watercolour style. Gorgeous animal paintings, though! :da_love: I can't get over his brushwork!


Eyvind Earle, the KING of gorgeous stylized landscapes.

You might recognize his style from the backgrounds of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty." He did a lot of concept art for that movie in the '50s.


Ken Hultgren, the author of my absolute favourite drawing how-to book, "The Art of Animal Drawing." He was also an animator for Disney in the 40s/50s.

His ability to show form and anatomy in such quick, gorgeous ink sketches have been so inspiring to me my whole adult life.


Susan Seddon Boulet. For quite a few years of my teens I would ONLY have wall calendars with her work on them. So dreamy and beautiful!



@Rheall Stephanie!!! She was one of the first artists that I discovered on the Internet, in the days of epilogue.net... how time flies. The nostalgia is smacking me in the face haha

@dona Man, Eflwood was a TRIP. It was so funny when I got on DeviantART and saw people complaining about how long it took to upload art because "there are so many categories", and I was like "Let me tell you a tale of months-long moderation queues and a site called Elfwood…" XD

@Rheall omg I didn't know it was that bad! I was so intimidated by everyone on Elfwood that I only browsed around, hahaha (and I had no way of making nice scans of my art back then!)

@dona Oof, yeah, everything submitted on Elfwood had to be reviewed by a real person. The queue to have your works approved was seriously a month long or more. You'd pick categories with check boxes, but the categories weren't the best, and if you categorized it wrong according to the mod they would just reject it and you'd have to re-submit it and wait another month. XD I think there was a limit on how many submissions you could make, too.

How we suffered to share our art, haha!

@dona @Rheall Same! I remember following Stephanie on DeviantArt back in the day 😁

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