|any finger that can dislocate itself like that gets high praise indeed|
This whold series I've been doing recently has really shown me my influences, particularly when it comes to more traditional illustration or single panel editorial, gag, or other cartooning.
I've been obsessed with Annie Vallotton since I was a kid. An aunt or cousin gave me a Good News Bible when I was a kid, and I remember being obsessed with the illustrations. Her clean, nearly heiroglyphic spot cartoons* were a powerful draw for me, laying bare the ideas of form, gesture, line, and motion before I ever saw a comic book.** Anyways, you can really see her worming her way into my drawing here.
*Yes, I do think of her as a cartoonist. I even gave an academic paper on it once.
** My first cartooning influences were newspaper strips, though.