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Lately I've been thinking about all the things that inspired me from the youngest years. Not always directly, but still. Aside from certain movies and cartoons, the biggest inspiration was always the books. Mostly because of the illustrations (well which kid doesn't like nice pictures?). I had (still have) lots of albums and fairy tales that gained my love. One of my favourites had illustrations of fantastic imaginery, like huge bunch of grape-eyes hanging in the sky or few pieces featuring amazing, creepy skull-castles (I remember dreaming of living in one for a long time, haha). These things are like images imprinted in mind, that comes to the surface from time to time. Every time I try brainstorming and come up with original idea, some of my thoughts floats there, to the first fascinations.

How about you? What was the things that you loved as a kid and you see it now in your art?? Come on guys, share your thoughts :]


(also,tumblr here if you want)
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LocustaVampa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Yesss!!
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SparrowStew Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
cool piece
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doublebutts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
surreal, great illustration.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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gbgb92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
to najlepsze.
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Caroo999 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Maman! j'ai peur!!! but I love it
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tcktck Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
ej słuchaj, daj cynk jakbyś robiła jakieś printy z tego obrazka, kupię
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional
O, spoko, jasne! Póki co mam jakieś pojedyncze rzeczy na INPRNTcie, ale tego tam nie ma, a planuję druknąć parę serii osobiście i sprzedawać. To między innymi.
Więc cynk dam.
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RufusReginald Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Filmographer
This is phenomenal - made more so by the visible coiling within the eyes.
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:iconasiulus:
Asiulus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional
Thanks!
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VLAD367 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wat
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idanei Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist
W zasadzie to jako dziecko przeglądałam ładne obrazki z księżniczkami (ale nie disneyowskimi) i zwierzątkami, a teraz zdecydowanie nie są to moje ulubione tematy. Inspiruję się głównie moimi watchersami i tym, co wpadnie mi akurat do głowy. Zazdroszczę trochę, bo to takie ciekawe, nosić w sobie na wpół zapomniane obrazy z dzieciństwa...
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional
Szukanie inspiracji w różnych miejscach, na zewnątrz, ale i w sobie, to bardzo ważna sprawa moim zdaniem. W tym stopniowe odchodzenie od inspiracji samymi pracami innych.
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AP-Berg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of mine would have to be the pen and ink drawings in "scary stories to tell in the dark" I think that's what it was called.
The artists name is Helquist. Brent Helquist? That sounds right. I'm too lazy to research that right now.
Anyway, super creepy stuff, very twisted and "splattery".
This is awesome btw.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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redteeth Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
beautiful and inspirational! i love the colors <3
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional
Thanks <3
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Woobak Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I hope what pushes you to do this CRAZY COOL artwork is inspiration and not nightmares! Sleep tight!
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional
Inspiration, definitely, hehehe.
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kirayoko Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hell yeah!
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KurutteiruKenroh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Books are important ^^
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional
yup yup
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
i loved folklore tales of different countries. the real ones, the old ones. where a girl's severed head hangs from a bridge and talks (Grimm bros). where a man wishes to have more eyes than other men and gets torn apart by animals because they don't recognize him as a human being (Mongolic). where a man is lost in a city of petrified people (Arabic). where a man promises his sister to a snake so that the god of rivers - the snake - would let him drink water (African). where a poor teen flies in a chest to the Orient and is welcomed as a god... but returns to his homeland even poorer than before because he was too greedy (Dutch). and so on...

these folklore tales are so rich, so full of meaning and wisdom. but the original versions, of course. not the disney lovey-dover ones. (though, speaking of versions, i really like what Andrzej Sapkowski did with Snowwhite :P )

yesss. there's nothing more creepy but in the same time colourful and magical than the old tales of the different cultures of the world. i wish i had the time of the world to illustrate them all. instead, i have only done a few illus of my fav tales... and they're crappy. *sigh*

anyway, i suppose you won't be surprised, but... your picture also reminds me of this:
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional
You're the second person who told me about similarities with Tool! I love their music videos (they inspired me a lot when discovered during high school), but I swear this wasn't the factor that driven me to draw this piece. I haven't thought about Vicarious even once then!!

Ohhhh those sound amazing!! Wow. I have a lot folk tales books at home, but never get to read them all... and your words makes me want to. I'm with you about the wisdom and richness of them :] It's probably one of the very best things that can drive child's imagination! It's wonderful you had that opportunity. I bet it's more easy for you to derive things from other countries' cultures/art/anything really, into your art and different things. Is it??
Thank you for sharing!!:blowkiss:

Oh, yeah - I remember one African tale that scared the crap out of me. It was about creatures that skinned people alive. Hell frightening for a child to read >_>; Brings nightmares...
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
lol, i didn't even notice i repeated myself. hah. anyway, sorry for the long comment.
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ya-na Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are wonderful!
i was (and i am) in deep love with demons by mikhail vrubel in my childhood
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional
Ahhh Vrubel artwork is amazing! I wish I had discovered him in my younger days... but I had Beksiński instead ;]
Also, thank you!!
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CheeseVision Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
This is super cool.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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killer-34 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Good children's book illustrations do so much to spark young imaginations. I loved just about anything by Edward Gorey and like many youths, enjoyed being scared crapless by the art of [i]Stephen Gammell[/i] (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). On a bit more colorful note, I also liked Patricia Pollaco and Leo Lionni quite a bit
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional
Ah, all beautiful! I came across Gammell's illustrations just recent, they're amazing *_* Frightening as hell.
It's interesting how much children like pictures that tends to scare them, isn't it?
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Leycuervo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I've always been inspired with stories but of old Japanese cartoons like Joe the Honeybee, Gatchaman, Robotech so on and so forth.

There was something very epic about those stories, the character designs; now is consider pretty retro but with a few arrangements it would look cool as hell.

As for my drawings I tried to get old ideas and with a little bit of me and random things I create that new concept. It's fun as hell!

Your illustrations is pretty awesome, the colors the contrast in size of each character... AWESOME!
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
Ah, I rememember Gatchaman! I was a fan of few oldies too, like Yatterman and Tiger Mask:] Messing with retro designs can be pretty fun, couldn't agree more. The way the characters beheved, the overall drama in their actions was also so different from nowadays series...so good.
Thanks mate!:]
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Leycuervo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It was a different era... I was reading about the focus on cartoons between the decades and basically in the past it was about the groups, like the teams and how the hero struggles to win over the villain but now a days the focus is broader.

Some productions still pull out the focus stuff but the story-line sucks... now that I'm older I'm also interested in the visuals... :(( so it's kinda hard to find something decent out there... at least for me D:
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional
Oh, was that an online article or some kind of book? I'd love to read it!
Yeah, there aren't many productions that focus on visual aspects and plot alike. Or at least try to... I kinda abandoned fresh productions for good for that matter :[
Kinda familiar problem is about special effects in the newer s-f/fantasy movies. They are good, amazing even, but... the magic and specific mood the handmade sfx brought is gone. The amount of 3D effects is overwhelming! We had an discussion with friend about this and agreed that our destiny is to bring that kind of s-f that ended in early 80s, back to the light, and to the public love again, haha!
Have you any thoughts on this, as a fan of the older stuff? :]
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Leycuervo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think it was on Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics... I'm not sure... :S

I'm with you on the plethora of effects on productions, yeah it looks good, yes is awesome, does it help tell the story..? if the answer is no I'm immediately turned off.

What do you mean by bring to the light this sf from the 80's? lol How!? With art, forums?! I'm very confused... T_T

There's a movie I really like, "Jacob's Ladder"... the effects were so well done but the way they edit the movie was phenomenal. They did pace the showing of the creatures so I think is not about the effects is about how well you tell the story AND more importantly... what is the story about.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional
Ahh, oh man, sorry to confuse you, we were just blabbering about it... proceeding with particular art probably may by of a little help, though. We had that sneaky idea about getting into movies industry (which was all talk really, but with another friend we have serious attempt to write some s-f scenarios in the future, since current Polish movie scene lacks such productions) and convert willing producers. It was very silly, haha.

Ohhhhh, just checked the trailer for the Jacob's Ladder! Gosh how come I've never watch this?! Looks absolutely brilliant. In a strange way, Last Wave and Altered States popped into my mind... Definitely gonna watch this movie tonight :]
Oh, about latest movies and storytelling. There was one s-f I found enjoyable. Have you watched Super 8? It's like Goonies mixed with Predator and revives that great mood from 30 years. Well, one can complain about minor things, it's very Spielberg and very Abrams-like, but the story is well told.
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Leycuervo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I saw that preview for S8 and yup it looks so cool!

I haven't seen the other ones that you mentioned so I'll look for them!

Another one of my favorite movie directors is Jean-Pierre Jeunet/ and Marc Caro!!! City of Lost Children, Amelie, Alien Resurrection! All their movies are marvelous!

About filming and breaking in the movie business... I can film and I can edit actually I've been editing video stories (journalism) for the past 4 years. But it takes more than that to get there... although there are some people that are geniuses and have it in them to create such things... again you really need some good connections to do that!
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional
Hmmm, connections. Welp, I figured it wouldn't be easy... but, who knows what future will bring.
Still, it's pretty cool you're in touch with movie business in your area:]
Also, thank you for mentioning Jacob's Ladder! I've seen it and, good lord, it's fantastic! The growing feeling of paranoia during the movie, the tension, uncertainty about 'reality' and final conclusion... wow. Thanks man. It's high on my movie list now.
You should check other twos, yep! They're about dealing with one man's obsession too, in different areas, though.

I love City of Lost Children!! Yes, those directors are classy. My favourite ones are Kubrick and Tarkovsky. The first one is classic (and many things were said bout him), the other tells stories like a poet, in nostalgic and thought-provoking way.
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DthNtDty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I was lame. My thing was always cartoons and movies. ;___; This looks super awesome. :0
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
Cartoons and movies are gooood :]
thanks!
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DthNtDty Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! :D Welcome :)
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sorskc Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god, so trippy! I love that the eyeballs are translucent and you can see the snakes coiled up in there. *__*
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
Ahh thanks love!!
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DrowsyBrowser Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
This is really brilliant. All the red negative space is great. Wonderful image. Had to fave. :)
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
Thank you!:]
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crzy4iy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I don't know why I don't comment on your stuff more often now I think of it, your stuff is so psychadelic and inspiring!
For me too it was books, music and films and such, but I guess I have/ had really morbid tastes. My favourite picture book as a kid was The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey, and my favourite show was Twin Peaks. My mum raised me with all the classic rock bands like Led zeppelin and pink floyd aswell as some really creepy bands like the Residents etc. Ugh sorry that was so long! I got carried away reminiscing.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
Oh god, are you my long lost twin sister??? Same goes for me, instead I kinda 'inherited' my father tastes, like huge love for Floyds as well as other progrock bands and artists like Beksiński and Witkacy...
Also, Twin Peaks is my favourite tv series ever.
*highfive*
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crzy4iy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I can only hope this is true! Yeah, I have almost the exact same tastes as my mother now, I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing, haha. Long live Twin Peaks!
Also I just looked up these artists and oh god, Beksiński is so amazingly amazing! -swoon-
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional
Yes he is! I went once to his exhibition when I was still in high school (and before he died...) and was blown away seeing these works on display. They look amazing on screen or paper, but in real life... whole new level. You can just stand and worship ;]
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