One interesting thing about art, comics and being a creative person is that although what I create is original, I find that I draw upon so many influences and inspirations that it's sometimes hard to recall what came from where. I mean, a lot of my compositional attitudes were gotten from Kirby, Steranko and Eisner. My drawing style is a little more tricky. Lately I've been going for more of a cartoony style. It's where I've been going for sometime, just made the conscious decision to go in that direction. So it's bold lines, little (if any) feathering or crosshatching. More bold stylization. I like where my art was taking me, although it's slowing down progress on Cape and Cowl Opera and Thingies, it's something I just had to do.
Then one day I really looked at the art I had created the day before and there was ... something... that I couldn't put my finger on. Then I realized what it was -- I was doing a pretty good emulation of Dan DeCarlo's art. Maybe it was because as a kid I devoured Archie comics as well as Marvel, DC and Charlton. It wasn't like I had DeCarlo's art in front of me and trying to ape it. Not that simple. Somehow the same artistic decisions he made in his art, I by virtue of steering to a more cartoony/graphic/simplified style had made the same decisions.
Well, I was gobsmacked. So I guess I have another source of inspiration. So below is a character sketch I did using an app called Mischief. It's a pretty neat drawing/painting app. Very simple to learn and use. This character is named Candi Marsh and she's one of the characters from a graphic novel I'm working on currently. My earlier post (with text about the vase optical illusion) is from the same GN.