Last year, a friend showed me a few illustrations of the late Alex Toth. I, of course, had never heard of him, which infuriated my friend. Later that night, I dugg deep into anything I could find. Toth's work was everywhere, and rightfully so since he is such an unbelievable illustrator. The simple, yet unbelievably clear illustrations are astounding to me. Most particularly, I fawned over a few Conan the Barbarian pieces. Below is my attempt at his work.
I have since come to an understanding that simple is not easy. Simple images can give you all the information needed to articulate form, but shows all the weaknesses of the artist. Complicated images, on the other hand, can mask mistakes and ignorance. Someday, I hope to have a quarter of the talent that Alex Toth had.