zbrushcentral: what inspires you as an artist?
nick ZUCCARELLO: well, i would say that a big part of my inspiration early on came from comic books. i’ve always been a big fan of super heroes; i’ve always loved human anatomy. one of my favorite comic book artists at the beginning was jim lee. i still love his work quite a bit. mark silvestri, todd mcfarlane. a little bit later i got to be a big fan of travis charist. i love that guy’s work. recently i’ve become a really big fan of alex ross. i really love his work. i’m continually amazed by the sheer quantity of work that this man has produced and the quality level of what he has output.
i’m a huge fan of frazetta. and then i also really like massimo frezzato. if you’ve ever seen any of the books that he’s created for heavy metal i really love that art style that he has. his painterly kind of qualities; his world that he’s built. i’d really love to be able to do something like that myself someday.
beyond that i really enjoy john berkey and his painterly style. especially the way that he’s described the look of the future. i kind of think of sparth. when i see his work i see a lot of john burke in it.
i’m very heavily influenced by all the work that’s been going on at zbrushcentral. that’s the number one spot i go to every single day to check out new artwork. i’m continually inspired by all great work that goes on at the forums. it just kind of blows me away. just when you think it can’t get any better and nobody can top this artist then here comes this new piece. it’s just a great place and a great community. i’m really glad i can help out and contribute to that community.