Blogs We Like: Ashton Dame
As far as influences go, Ashton Dame's are both immediately apparent and permanently entangled. Looking over this list she recently made, it’s easy to suss out the effects of people like Otomo, Gorey, or Mignola, both in line sizes/function and in the proportions of her figures.
But upon closer inspection, these general similarities are blended in a way that completely defies easy separation—it’s impossible to see what’s doing what. Dame’s influences form an enormous structuring constellation or matrix, yet no single atom therein can be viewed directly. They flutter, move, blend together the harder you try to isolate them.
Dame’s thematic foci are equally fluid but far less provocative of dissection. There’s the all-important sense of worldedness, which is elevates expands even the best illustration; but, at the same time, this definition and cohesion is friendly, welcoming, and unforced in its creation of novelty. Whether overtly monstrous or bumbly and playful, Dame’s figures all possess an inviting weirdness that doesn’t demand unpacking so much as it encourages comradely co-travel. Dame’s many oddities are kindred to the viewer—a remarkably difficult effect to create in any medium, and one which makes her illustration wildly, excitingly real.
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