In order to rectify our mistake, and restore the smug feeling of being totally cool dudes, we invited Britt to talk a little bit about the influences behind her comprehensive talents. Equally brilliant in lo-fi hourly comic mode and the hyper-crafted illustration style that can be seen currently jacketing the excellent Inkstuds book, we were eager to lay down the oldest and goldest interview question for her answering pleasure:
First of all, let me start off by saying that is the best wording of "what are your influences?" I have ever read. I love pictures. I love looking at pictures, I could do it all day long. This is good in some ways, I have a good grasp of what is going on in illustration and comics and I have a very clear understanding of what I like and what I don't. The drawbacks, of course, being that I spend way too much time looking at other people's pictures instead of making my own, but also that I end up paralyzed (artistically). Because I like a wide variety of styles, I can't figure out what I want my own to be, as a result I sometimes feel very scattered. As a child I read a lot, so book illustrations have always had a big impact on me, artists like Michael Martchenko, Dr. Suess, Marie-Louise Gay, and cartoonists like Bill Watterson. More recently I've been pouring over blogs by French animators, illustrators and cartoonists. In general, animators have this ability to capture motion in still images that I find fascinating and I'm trying to incorporate into my own work. The character design is also something I'm envious of, and have been working on. I don't know why the French in particular, I just noticed when looking through the blogs I follow that most of them are French. Probably has something to do with more arts funding or something.