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Influences and Process — The Books, Automatism, and the Infinite Everything

19 Dec
by L. Nichols

Disclaimer: I have a cold. I am feeling a little loopy and am only functioning at about 80%. Bear with me as I try to talk about things that even at 100% I am not good at talking about.

Behold the finite set of thirteen convex figures. The irrational sine versus tangent 45. – The Books, Beautiful People

With lyrics like that, I guess it might not be such a surprise that The Books are one of my favorite bands.

The Books are one of the few bands I can get completely lost in listening to. I love to put on my headphones, pick one of their albums and just go for a walk. Or I will put on their music when I am working, particularly when I am painting. For years now, this has been the case. The Books are music I live with when I am alone, when I am with my thoughts and with my work.

Every time I listen to them, I find new things. I find new sounds. I find new thoughts. With their constant presence in my life The Books have shaped my thoughts over the years.

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Influences and Process – Abstraction

28 Mar
by L. Nichols

I remember the first time I went to a museum and saw abstract art. I was 9 or 10 or 11 (somewhere around there) and we had driven 3 hours from my home town to go to Houston, TX to the museum. I was excited about the Renaissance art and also about the Impressionist art we saw there. They were easily relatable, their representation was obvious. And then I came across the more abstract stuff. I was confused. I didn’t really like them, per se…. but I was drawn to them nonetheless. Looking at them felt like I was fighting myself. I kind of laughed them off and ignored how they made me feel. But as I grew older, I found that I was still drawn to them. I began to understand a bit more about why an artist would choose that path. And I came to both appreciate it and be influenced by it.

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Influences and Process – Dino Buzzati’s Poem Strip

31 Jan
by L. Nichols

Jeet Heer’s recent post over at Comics Comics about Dino Buzzati’s Poem Strip reminded me that I’d been meaning to write about this book. I would say that between Jeet Heer and Valentina Zanca I can’t really add anything more into the discussion of its history and historical/artistic importance. What I can discuss, however, is its influence on my own work.

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Influences and Process – Mathematics

27 Jan
by L. Nichols

Ok ok ok. I know… as soon as I mention math, people’s eyes glaze over. That, or they think I’m talking about adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing. But that’s arithmetic, not math. I am talking about MATH. Math and its crazy abstractions and logic. Math with its symbols. Bear with me.

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Influences and Process – Alexander Calder

26 Jan
by L. Nichols

I still remember clearly the day when I first encountered Calder’s Cow at the museum in Boston. Of all the things I had seen there, it struck some kind of chord with me. It was whimsical, yet simple. Plus, it was made out of wire, which is a material that I have always loved working with.

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Influences and Process – Natalia Goncharova

25 Jan
by L. Nichols

I went to San Diego last spring for a friend’s wedding. My wife and I decided that since we were traveling across the country, we might as well make a vacation of it, so we took an entire week and went to Los Angeles as well. While in LA, we went to the Getty for the afternoon. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time the Getty research dept. had this exhibit up on books done by the Russian Futurists. This was the first exhibit I went into, and I think this was the only thing I really saw (other than the gardens) all afternoon.

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Influences and Process – Jason Sho Green

24 Jan
by L. Nichols

I’ve been mulling over talking about my own influences and process a bit more for some time now, but the car ride back from SPX with my good buddy Mr. Darryl Ayo got me thinking about it a little more concretely. I never really read comics growing up, so while I appreciate Darryl’s enthusiasm for X-Force and New Avengers and whatever new he’s talking about (He’s been making some great blog posts about comics lately!), I always feel like it’s not really something I can really claim for myself. I have no emotional attachment to these characters or these stories or these styles. So we were talking about this in the car and I came to the conclusion that I should write about what I DO have attachments to, the things that work their ways into my process.

Today I am talking about a certain illustrator, Jason Sho Green, who was really influential to me back when I first started getting serious about drawing, back in 2004-2005 or so. I figure picking a topic would make things a little easier on my end and maybe a little more coherent on yours.

I discovered Jason Sho Green via a friend while I was in college and his work greatly shaped my way of thinking about lines and line thicknesses and contours and the like at the time and continues to this day, though hopefully less obviously so.

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