EDIT 12/14/10: After looking at other people's Influence Maps, I thought I had to do a little touching up on my own. To be honest, I felt like explaining the influences now. Also, I changed up the sizes of said influences' squares.
"Everybody was doin' it. I just wanted to be popular!"
So, yeah. Here are my main artistic and creative influences on my own Influence Map. The sizes of them may vary on certain days.SpongeBob SquarePants:
This show came around just in time to be part of my true childhood and I'm glad it happened. This show has a lot of moments that make the most out of animation, with a main character that was made for the medium. The little sponge can squash and stretch with the best of them, mostly because of what sea creature he is. And the movie? Oh, TONS of great cartoony drawings. Love it to pieces.Avatar: The Last Airbender:
This is an American show that can stand next to some of the best Japanese anime. It also has a great balance of action, drama, and humor. It goes without saying that the animation and art is something amazing, too. It's anime-inspired, but it also has it own distinct look that I love.The Mighty B!:
How can I describe this show? It's like the lovechild of Ren and Stimpy and Teenage Robot (that relationship would never last, but still). When it got to season two, it really amazed me. Just about every frame had a hilarious or cool drawing. Shame it didn't last as long as it should have. Speaking of which...Invader ZIM:
This short-lived wonder made an impression on a lot of people, including me. The look of a lot of the tech in the show got my attention, since I'm a total sucker for cool-looking machinery. The rest of the show's look ain't bad, either, especially the CGI.Looney Tunes:
A real oldie-but-goodie in this map. The franchise has such great humor and rich characters, which a style that's pure cartoon fun. In terms of design, my fave Toon is Marvin the Martian, both the character and where he lives. When is that new series premiering, anyway? I'm getting pretty impatient.Walt Disney Animation Studios:
I realize this is a little vague, but the studio in general has done so many innovations in animation, I decided to refer to the entire thing in the map. If I had to pick out movies whose looks or animation got my love, I'd have to say Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Hercules, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo and Stitch, and Tangled.Nintendo:
Another vague one. To make it more clear, I'm referring to the TECHNICAL design of the company's games. The gameplay of a lot of them can be very creative, with some of my fave series being Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Pokemon, and Super Smash Bros.Rareware:
These British geniuses have great technical design for their games, too, but their games' artistic designs are the best. They're some of the cartooniest designs in gaming you can find. As you can tell from the pic in the map, Banjo-Kazooie is their best of the best to me.Matt Groening:
The Simpsons. Futurama. Two of my all-time favorite shows, both writing-wise and design-wise. Sure, their designs are pretty much the same, but they're super unique. Groening has a great theory of memorable characters being able to be identified in silhouette, which led to his signature overbite designs. His theory itself is enough to make me love his work.Cartoony CGI:
This shows how far CGI has come since the early 90's. I'm not sure if Madagascar was the first of this, but it's definitely the movie that made it popular. Other great examples are the Blue Sky movies and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I haven't seen the new CGI Looney Tunes shorts, but I've seen clips and I think I'd like those, too!Maxwell Atoms:
A lot of newer animated shows have put their own twist on that retro Hanna-Barbara simplistic style, but Maxwell Atom's shows, namely The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, had a twist on the style that had the characters be super expressive and fun. The picture I used in the map is more than a good example of what I mean.Ren and Stimpy:
One of the very first Nicktoons ever is also one of the most influential for me. There wasn't a single moment in the show that wasn't full of hilariously loose and fun animation. The show's creator, John K., is an opinionated a-hole, though.Doug TenNapel:
Out of all of the artists listed, a majority of sketches I've done over the years are closest to this genius's style, because they have a fun and loose look to them, like his own art and character designs. Trust me, I've done sketches that look like they're close relatives of Earthworm Jim and Catscratch. I might post those one day...Glen Murakami and Derrick J. Wyatt:
These two put a great fun twist on the anime style with shows like Teen Titans. You know it's anime-inspired, but it also has a nice Western flair to it. Their art also inspired the look of my OCs, Shin and Kyra, from my little crossover idea, Acme Anime.A lot of Nicktoons artists:
There are too many to put into the map. So saying "a lot" seemed like a good cop-out. To elaborate, some of the artists at the top of this list are Sherm Cohen, Bill Wray, Eddie Trigueros, Ernie Gilbert, Gordon Hammond, Michael Dougherty, Johane Matte, and Kyle A. Carrozza
. Basically, they've all worked on Nicktoons at one point in their careers and their work is real good to me. The sketch shown in the square is by Vincent Waller, just in case you're wondering.FusionFall:
This is really more of an honorable mention here. This MMORPG just shows the best way to render your favorite characters in an anime style, along with an interesting setting. A lot of fans of different shows have tried drawing their faves as an anime, but if they want a good lesson on doing so, they should look at this beauty.
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