4 Artists Who Have Been a Big Source of Inspiration For Me

As an artist, it’s always a great feeling to hear that my work has inspired someone.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few of the artists whose work and teachings have inspired me over the years. I feel that their dedication and creativity has helped me to become a better artist.

Sebastian Kruger


Kruger, for me, is the master of faces. Ever since I first saw his caricature paintings, I was hooked. I had never seen such realism and expression in a painting before, and it was this that really got me interested in caricature when I was a teenager.

Jason Seiler


Having struggled to refine my caricature skills for years with little real improvement, I eventually discovered the work of Jason Seiler, and this was when I started experimenting with digital painting. I took Jason’s Art of Caricature class at Schoolism, and my artwork improved in leaps and bounds in just a few short weeks.

A lot of what I now know about painting was learnt from Jason Seiler.

Disclosure: The link to Schoolism above is an affiliate link. This means if you click on the link and then sign up for a course, I will receive a commission (at no extra cost to you). I only ever recommend products or services that I am confident will provide value for my readers.

Robert Liberace


I discovered the paintings of Robert Liberace while reading Portrait Painting Atelier by Suzanne Brooker, and I was mesmerised by the beauty of his portraits. I’ve bought a couple of the instructional DVDs from his site, and again, my painting has improved a lot just from applying the insights that he offers.

Jack Vettriano


My Nanna always had Jack Vettriano prints hung in her living room when I was a kid, which I probably found quite boring at the time, but as an adult, I really love the emotions he expresses in his paintings, and the classic appearance and setting gives them a nostalgic feeling that I like.

A fellow self-taught artist, Vettriano is also a very down-to-earth guy who doesn’t take himself or the art world too seriously, which I really like about him.

Share your inspirational artists here

I’d love to hear who your biggest sources of artistic inspiration are. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know who inspires you and why.

Learn How to See Like an Artist

If you’ve never taken a look at my other blog, Right Brain Rockstar, now would be a good time.

I usually write articles with advice and inspiration for people wanting to make a living from their creativity, but this week I posted the first of my art instruction articles, Top 3 Tips For Learning to See Like an Artist.

If you’re an aspiring artist, I’d love it if you’d read that post and let me know if you find it useful. I’m planning to develop a complete art course, and these posts will help me decide what people need the most help with.

Cheap Drawing Advice

If you can’t wait for the course, I’m currently experimenting with offering different forms of art instruction, and for a short time, you can get a drawing or painting critique from me for just $5.

If you send me a drawing or painting you have done, along with the reference photo, I will give you my feedback on your work, with a list of areas you need to work on, and I will even draw/paint over the top of your work to demonstrate my suggestions.

Check out the gig on Fiverr for more details, and let me know if you have any questions about it.

Charcoal Style

Charcoal Style Pet Portraits Now Available

[box type=”info” border=”full”]Update (11/04/12): My pet portraits are now only available through drawmyface.co.uk – Please visit the site to see what’s currently available.[/box]

Last month I introduced the Alla Prima portrait style as a more affordable option, but I know people are still strapped for cash, so I wanted to be able to offer something that most people would be able to afford as a Christmas or birthday gift.

So I am now offering this beautiful charcoal style portrait. The portraits are still digitally hand-painted, but the brushes I use give it a fantastic sketchy look.

Charcoal Style

Charcoal Style Pet Portrait

This is Tilly, my friend’s cat. She’s about a year old, and she’s just started to venture into the great outdoors.

She escaped about 6 months ago and came back with a broken leg after getting in a fight with the neighbour’s dog. The leg healed well, but she’s understandably a bit nervous about going exploring again!

To get your own charcoal style pet portrait, just take a look at my pet portraits page, and follow the ‘Get Started’ link to send me your photos.

The price probably won’t be this low for ever, so get one quick, while they’re cheap.

And remember, 10% of all pet portrait proceeds will go to animal charities.

Visit www.drawmyface.co.uk to see what pet portraits are available.