I must admit that what pushed me to become an artist was not another artist... but a horse. When I saw the animal for the first time at age 3, I unconsciously knew this would be my life's passion. So I started drawing it.
When I was 5, I remember that my father told my mother, “Michel will become an artist”. With this paternal authority’s green light, nothing could ever stand against my desire to draw. So, by age 10, I had already discovered the French/Belgian comics on western subjects (as in cowboys) and decided that I would become a comics artist/author telling stories about people and their horses in the wide open west.
The artist who influenced me then and still serves as a guide when I have doubts on how to draw certain lines was Joseph Gillain. A Belgian master, draftsman, and know-all about horses. Milton Caniff very inspired him. I don’t think he ever met Milton, but like him, Giraud could draw with a brush (the series 7 Winsor & Newton No 2 brush) giving the drawing an extraordinarily dynamic rendering. Knowing this, it has inspired me to use the same brush to draw or paint watercolors.
After Gillain, I discovered Jean Giraud who was Gillain‘s assistant. He would ink Gillain’s pencil drawings and sometimes take over full plates. Furthermore, he soon surpassed Gillain and started his own western series known as “Lieutenant blueberry”. His drawings were rather nervous than Gillain’s, and his horses were just perfect.
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