Charley Harper has long been one of my favorite illustrators. I still remember the first time I saw his work (or at least the first time his work made an impression on me); it was about five years ago, I was still in high school and just starting out in this whole art life and I stumbled across an article on Mr. Harper in an issue of Dwell magazine. Like great artwork does, it stuck with me and I still find myself turning to his work for inspiration.
It’s always interesting to me when I look back at someone who has inspired me for years to see how their work has influenced mine. I saw Charley Harper’s illustrations before I ever started illustrating myself and I was still new to this design thing, yet his philosophies and aesthetics have had a profound impact on my work.
I was working on some illustrations tonight so I naturally found myself looking over his work again and even after all these years, I still get that same feeling I got when I first saw those images in Dwell.