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If someone imitates your art without giving any credit, is that stealing?
You may or may not have heard about John Harris.
If so, I'm just joining the club. If not, I feel obligated to spread the word.

I used to think that a lot of the cover art for contemporary science fiction novels published within the past two decades were made by a bunch of people who subscribed to the same aesthetic, with a distinct feel to it that was kind of hard to describe (curse my lack of literary expressive vocabulary). If you read science fiction novels, or even browsed through the sci-fi/fantasy books section of your local (English-lanugage) bookstore, you should have seen the artwork.

But it turns out, it was by the same one guy, John Harris.
Check out his official gallery here: www.alisoneldred.com/divisionJ…

I always kind of liked science fiction artwork that evoked a sense of wonder, with a feel of surreal awe. The ending artwork for the anime Outlaw Star by Hikaru Tanaka, for example (He seems to have dropped off the interwebs btw and I can't really follow what he's doing now). But my self-recognition of my preferences never went beyond a nebulous and fuzzy "that kind of art" as I wasn't really able to express it in a single word or phrase or flailing around with adjectives in futile attempts to nail "it" down. I never really bothered to look up who the cover artists were on the books I bought either, and even if I did, it didn't stick long enough in my memory for me to write it down somewhere.
But then I was looking through the making of Destiny by Bungie -- which I really want -- and the name John Harris popped up. They showed some of his works on screen and mentioned it was one of their inspirations, and I thought, "huh, that's kind of cool, that's the stuff I like", but it still didn't really stand out. That was maybe spring of this year, winter last year.

Then I was looking for some inspiration for some more recent artwork projects, suddenly remembered that there was a guy who was the inspiration for the aesthetic for Destiny -- which I really really want -- and googled it.
I found the name, googled that, and the rest is what I mentioned above, with a big "holy shit it's all this ONE guy!" moment. It all kind of crystallized in me, as now I could browse through a comprehensive collection of the stuff I realized I liked much more easily, and I could start to build a more concrete definition of what I liked and what I want to be able to do.

So yeah, I now can blurt "John Harris!" when someone asks me what my favorite artist is, instead of giving a waffling answers like "well there isn't really one guy but...".
Before, the one name I could give to that question from early on was Yoji Shinkawa from the Metal Gear Solid fare. But looking back, it's now a bit of a love-hate thing, on how I may have been exposed to his stuff too early and how his influence might have screwed me over. I saw his stuff for MGS, thought in my teenage years, yes that is awesome! I want to draw like that! and tried to ape his abstract style without actually knowing how to draw normally. I feel that kind of derailed my growth and my goals to a certain extent, and I haven't been able to emulate the style with much success neither.

But now I can start to worship someone else now.
I might be saying the same thing about myself 10 years down the line, but who knows.

So everyone go buy his art book. I did and it is awesome.
The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon

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nejinoki
さいはて
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Japan
I'm currently not accepting requests. Sorry.

That includes print requests as well.

Current Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Operating System: XP SP2
MP3 player of choice: WinAMP, iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Tachikoma
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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sokiane Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy (late) birthday Neji :iconyutasmileplz:
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
...happy birthday to you sir...=3
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AuraWing07 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappy birthday! :>
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TheMercenary04 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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conquest79 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
have a joyful bday
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NML-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday. :D Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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SexyArtFan2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday dude ^^
Hope I'm not to late to wish this xD
Either way, hope that your day goes well today~ ^^
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Happy Birthday, Aww Fella (Smileys) 
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Happy Birthday. ^^
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Kit-The-Wolfy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I really enjoy your work!
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QuesoGr7 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never actually told you this but your StarFox work is amazing.  Keep up the great work! :D
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conquest79 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
have a joyful bday
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nikolai60 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
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TianaKoopa1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :party:
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HoshiKami93 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
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psychonator17 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just to make clear: Mariachimon consist of Ludicolo and Maracti.
Right. Now that that's settled:


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*A WILD BAND OF MARIACHIMON APPEARED*

ONE. TWO. THREE. FOUR.
♪ HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FROM ALL OF US TO YOU
WE WISH IT WAS OUR BIRTHDAY, SO WE WOULD PARTY TOO ♪
♪ HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
WE WISH IT WAS OUR BIRTHDAY, SO WE WOULD PARTY TOO ♪
HEY!!

*Mariachimon disappear into the ether*

In case that song was already used, I made it better. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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SexyArtFan2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*pokes* hai, happy birthday .3.
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday man!  I hope the next year is a good one! ^^
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sokiane Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday Neji :iconinekoitplz:
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Yay and congrats! u are still alive Seizure Kitty Dance Happy Birthday
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