Hey gang. I wanted to share my inspirational image collection. These images come from all over the internet, and from scans I've done myself. For all the Admins, feel free to arbitrarily absorb these links into the greater organization of the art resources section. This is only the start of my collection and I plan on making as much available as time permits. Enjoy.
Complete Nausicaa Storyboard Collection
There are 400+ images in this collection. I'm a huge fan of Miyazaki's early work, particullarly Nausicaa and Future Boy Conan. This is a fascinating collection of images full of fantastic line-art.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/NausicaaStoryboards#
Nausicaa Watercolor Impressions
Scans from the Nausicaa Artbook. Unfortunatley most of these scans are two-page spreads, but some really cool images nonetheless. Hoping to get the concept sketches up soon. Enjoy.
Shuna No Tabi- Amazing pre-Nausicaa work by Miyazaki. This is the kind of stuff I really like from Miyazaki. This story is bizarre, gritty and touching. Old style Miyazaki to the 9's.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/ShunaNoTabi#
Daydream Note- A really cool Miyazaki sketchbook of sorts. This guy is a closet mecha artist I swear.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/DaydreamNoteHayaoMiyazaki#
Moebius is undoubtedly one of the greatest illustrators of the past 50-60 years. He has influenced countless artists including George Lucas, and most certainly Hayao Miyazaki. His style is as diverse as it is masterful and anyone who loves illustration should investigate his peerless work. https://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/Moebius
What else can you say about Amano other than that he is a master artist. His work is simply amazing, and his art has inspired aritsts around the world. I consider him the Frank Frazetta of the East. This is a sizable gallery of excellent scans from a range of Amano's work. Included is some of the production art from Vampire Hunter D. Enjoy.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/Amano#
Yoji Shinkawa- This man is a fantastic illustrator, with amazing ability for both technical detail, and fluid dynamism. Famed for his work on Metal Gear, and Zone of the Enders Yoji Shinkawa's work continues to inspire me.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/YojiShinkawa#
Iain Mccaig- Hands-down one of my all-time favorite artists. To me he is a modern master picking up where fantasy giants Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore and the like left off. Of Star Wars prequels fame (or shame depending how you see it) his artwork blew me away at first glance and has continued to inspire me for years. Access to this gallery is from this URL alone (I don't want to get in trouble with Mr. Mccaig).
Gallery Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/IainMccaig?authkey=Gv1sRgCJz305TTyqaR0AE
Mamoru Nagano Collection
This is a massive 900+ collection of Nagano's artwork. I'm a huge fan of his designs for Zeta Gundam a show which I love, as well as Heavy Metal L-Gaim which is one of my all time favorite shows though I've only been able to get my hands on 32 watchable episodes. Most of this material is from 5 Star Stories which he has done a prolific amount of work on.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/10567446934 ... 92/Nagano#
Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon
Yes I admit it, I like Sailor Moon. The 1st Season with its rich mythological backdrop is phenomenal, the rest doesn't do it for me but I digress. Naoko Takeuchi, the series creator, did a really impressive collection of beautiful paintings. Her vision of the series is really amazing. Enjoy.
Transformers Visual Works- This is one of those holy grail artbooks that came into my possession last year. The artwork is by the talented folks of Studio Ox, a now disbanded art group of phenomenal talent.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/TransformersVisualWorks#
Mobile Suit Gundam- I'm a huge fan of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as well as Zeta Gundam. These are classics with powerful themes concerning "The Outsider" for those familiar with Colin Wilson's monumental work, as well as the hijacking of Nietzsche's work as well as the rest of the existential philosophical movement by the Nazi party as well as themes pertaining to human development and evolution. I would recommend this series to all you Outsiders out there. Mobile Suit Gundam is a classic.
Akira- One of animation's quintessential works. Phenomenal movie, better manga. Check out the artwork, 30 years old and counting and its still phenomenal.
Gallery Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/Akira
Syd Mead- Considered by many to be science fiction's greatest designer. Famous for his art direction for Blade Runner and Tron, Syd Mead is a giant in pantheon of sci-fi's greatest artists.
Gallery Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/SydMead
Rankin and Bass- Creators of Thundercats, The Last Unicorn (movie), Flight of Dragons, The Hobbit, and Return of the King. I can't say enough about Rankin and Bass, they're films were so wonderfully animated, and their claymation is classic as well. Many people don't know this but the animation staff of Rankin and Bass also went on to become Studio Ghibli.
Disney Art- This section will be getting a huge face lift. I've got tons of really old artwork squirrled away in a random "Concept Art" folder somewhere on my external hard-drive. I'm a big fan of Disney's older work. The new stuff not so much. Keep your eyes on this section Disney fans because I've got some real treats coming for you soon.
Ramon K. Perez- My favorite all-time artist. I discovered his work when I around 18 in various roleplaying game manuals. His style, dynamism, design-sense and rendering ability are without peer amongst modern illustrative artists. Though he is not particularly well known he absolutely should be. In my opinion its a disservice to the comic-book community that artists of his like are not utilized as the premier talents that they truly are.
Gallery Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/RamonKPerez#Website Link
Frank Frazetta- In my opinion Frazetta is the undisputed master of fantasy art. His art brims with an unparalleled dynamism. For old school fantasy fans, nothing beats Frazetta.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/FrankFrazetta#
Jeffery Jones- The yin to Frazetta's yang. Jeffery Jones is a modern scion to Frazetta's legacy but whose strength lies is in its introspection. A very fine illustrator whose work is as startling as it is subdued.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/JefferyJones#
Classic Sci-Fi Art- This is a collection of some my favorite art from throughout the decades. I have many more images to add to this section so keep an eye on this section as time progresses.
Jack Kirby- The "King" of Comics. This man is a genius. Anyone who likes western comics should do themselves a serious favor and become familiar with his work. He's only the original artist and co-creator of X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider Man, the Hulk, and Captain America. However the true gems are his 4th World Saga. These works are of extreme subtlety and complexity. Anyone interested in the conspiracy movement would do well to investigate his works.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/JackKirby#
Bruce Timm- One of the greatest things to happen to Western comicbooks was Bruce Timm's Batman the Animated Series. His simplified designs, and more psychological/noire approach to Batman made for a dynamic animated series without parallel here in the west. His art is vibrant, stlyized and very Kirby-esque. My favorite aspect of his work is his streamlined and stripped down character designs. I have a lot more Bruce Timm stuff to come.
Gallery Link: [img]http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/BruceTimm#
Mike Mignola- A small but select collection of Mignola's artwork. This will expand in time, I've got much more of his artwork but scattered across various comic book title image collections.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/MikeMignola#
Javier Pulido- A phenomenal artist who has gotten very little attention, much to the deterement of any who like more of a cartoonist slant on their comic books. His style is rooted in a traditional mexican illustration style which I'm a huge fan of.
Gallery Link http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/JavierPulido#
Jim Strenako- Again a small but select collection of some of Strenako's best. Best known for his work on Nick Fury Agent of Shield, Strenako is a fantastic artists and interesting writer.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/JimSteranko#
Retro-Art: This is a collection of illustrations from various ad-copy and film posters.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/RetroArt#
Ralph Mcquarrie- Perhaps the most influential western illustrator of the last 20+ years, and one of the most badly plagiarized artists of the past 20+ years as well. The principal artist behind the original Star Wars trilogy. This is a small collection of his fantastic work.
Star Wars Manga- The "A New Hope" installation is the only one that does it for me. The artwork is fantastic and in my opinion blows away anything produced on the western shores as far as Star Wars comics are concerned.
Gallery Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/105674469342020880592/ANewHopeManga#
And thats it for now guys. I'm in the process of finishing a short story so as I said, I"ll be posting more as time permits. Thanks again to Melora and the Admins for letting me post here. I'm happy to contribute anything I can so as to help all the people on this forum that have posted so much material thats inspired me over the years. Cheers guys.