I actually have to say thanks to Rad if this happened.
I grew up watching He-man, Pollon, Doraemon and all of this stuff. Japanese cartoons are probably 30% of my inspiration.
But in the 90's I remember coming back granny's home, after school eating bread and Nutella or Bread butter and Salt ( I love it) and watching Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, Cheap an'Dale Rescue Rangers... And I was so happy to see those TvShows and probably that was when I started to learn how to draw!
I started drawing ducks everywhere actually, I remember that I even made "PaperFrank" that in english I could translate in "DuckFrank", it was a kind of Duck Superhero with antennas. I can't show this 'cause is somewhere in Italy but one day i'll make a feature of it (LOL, I'm joking).-
By the way, at that time, I don't know why, everytime I was watching Darkwing Duck and Ducktales I used to think: " OH MY GOSH I WANT TO DRAW SO BAD NOW". I said I don't know why? Now I'll say I DIDN'T Know why. The answer is:
THE GUY WHO ACTUALLY DID THOSE CHARACTERS!
I met this awesome artist, he's workin' at dreamworks now, doing storyboards. I was so lucky to see his stuff and notice that every single drawing he did reminds my youth. He's so good, he's drawings are so clear and beautiful, I hope one day I'll be good like him! While he was talkin', showing us his AMAZING studies of Kung Fu Panda at the San Diego Zoo, and His storyboards of Shreck, Megamind, Kung fu panda, Tangled... I was like an happy dog waggin' his tail. I was overanimated, trying to stay calm and look professional. By the way, he went to Italy to the Disney Studio I'm working for and he started telling me all of the places that I know, like Stresa, lago maggiore bla bla bla... I'm exactly from there!!!!!!!!!! I love Toby Shelton and I love Rad Sechrist. I feel very onoured to have met those amazing artist that are SUPER friendly and very open mind.
Sorry if I wrote to much but I had to share to you guys ..
This is THE artist with me! Thank you Toby!
I did this sketch also, dedicated to my new superhero Toby :-)