My Influences Episode #1

I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and seeing as how I'm sitting at home with a head cold waiting for some freelance projects to begin in earnest, I figured now's as good a time as any to update the blog! So I figured I would pay a long overdue tribute to the artists who have inspired and influenced me over the years. I'll be doing this as a series so that you all don't have a freakish novel-sized post to read through.

#1. Hiroaki Samura

A lot of people have probably never heard of this guy before. Aside from his work, he is pretty reclusive. He is a Japanese manga artist most noted for his series "Mugen no Juunin" or Blade of the Immortal here in the U.S. I'm not much of a manga enthusiast anymore, but the thing that has made Samura one of my all-time top favorite artists, regardless, is his awesome ability to draw extremely accurate figures in extremely interesting motion. There is absolutely nothing stiff about his work - each panel flows as smoothly to the next as an animated film. If you've never heard of him, check him out. Blade of the Immortal is published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics and can be found in any comic book store that sells manga.