All my life I loved comic books. Hence, my art style revolves around that field of work.
My biggest influences as to my personal art style are as follows, in order:
Ross Andru (long standing artist for Spider-Man)
John Byrne (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight)
Gil Kane (Daredevil, Power Man & Iron Fist, Spider-Man)
Neal Adams (Batman)
Keith Pollard (Thor)
Alan Davis (Excalibur)
and of course the classics:
I grew up marveling at the dynamic poses and brilliant storyboards of these artists from the 70's up through the early 90's. It was the perfect mix of fantastic artwork and storytelling that pulled you in. Then Jim Lee came on to the scene. Although I admit he is a fantastic artist (far better than me), I am not a fan for a number of reasons. One, it overwhelms the eye with so much detail that it distracts from the story. Two, all his women and men look exactly the same; the women are thrusting out there bosoms and have squinty vixen eyes, and the men scowl. Third, it's almost as if he's trying too hard to be flashy and show off his skill. It seems a bit pretentious and diva-like. And lastly, (and it's not really his fault per se) it started a boring trend in the comic industry that persists to this day; everyone draws just like him! I can't stand it. I mean, yeah, be influenced by someone whose work you aspire to, but don't draw exactly like him. Although I've been heavily influenced by the above listed artists, none of my work looks exactly like any of them. It's a mish-mash of them all, and hence my own art style.
Anyway, there aren't that many comic book artists that really catch my eye these days. Most seem to be Jim Lee wannabes. There are exceptions, such as Javier Pulido (who isn't a particularly realistic artist, but his use of silhouettes, and his storyboarding talent that is 2nd to none is truly compelling), Frank Cho, and David Aja. All three of these guys have their own unique art style. I admire that in a post-Jim Lee age.