Sometimes I forget how much we artists draw inspiration from the outside world.

Sometime last month it was announced that the 5th book in what his probably my favorite series ever, will be released in June. For those wondering, the book is called Dance with Dragons, and it’s part of a series called “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. I highly recommend picking up the first book “A Game of Thrones” if nothing else.

Anyway, I was planning out shots for an upcoming publication today and found that each image was being influenced in some way or another by what I’ve been reading lately. Normally I would embrace that, but it doesn’t fit for this assignment so I have to leave it in the sketchbook for now.

It got me thinking though, how many artists claim that they don’t borrow from life when creating their work? To me those experiences are things we should embrace and claim fully. To deny the influence that others have on your work though seems unappreciative and almost arrogant to me.

When it comes to my own work, I’m happy to say that my early images were heavily influenced by a photographer named Sante D’orazio. In fact, I think I still have one of his books (a published journal of sorts) around here somewhere. These days my influences are so much more vast that it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint where I saw a specific method of lighting, or where I heard a particular story that inspired a new look. Yet, I could never deny the existence of the influence.

My point is that I feel like people should embrace the things that move them. All too often I hear people holding on to a sense of glory by saying that an idea is wholly theirs when in truth I think we can safely say that all “new” ideas are born from something preexisting.

Anyway, enough rambling.

See you tomorrow,

D

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