Originally Posted by Beeber
Thanks so much for the complimentary comparison. I wasn't aware of Gillray, but now that I've looked at it I'll be spending some time in research because the surreal quality is definitely in his work as well.
This process of going from portraiture using references, to whimsical, to political has changed everything for me. It's been a complete mental shift not only in how I create artwork but more importantly - why I create artwork. I've always marveled at artists who have truly found a style. They create work that is obviously theirs and they make no apologies for what or how it's made. Before I felt like I had a skill. I could use colored pencils like paint to mimic a reference photo to near photographic quality. Now I see my work and feel like I can finally say, "This is me".
It's a great thing for an artist to find their voice, one to which they can apply their skill, bravo! Perhaps you'll enjoy this episode of "The Secret of Drawing
" episode 2, roughly from the 15:58 to 22:28 it goes over the arc of political cartooning, touching upon Gillray, and also the grandfather of them all, Hogarth. Cheers!