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Coonfoot's Influence Map by Coonfoot Coonfoot's Influence Map by Coonfoot
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.

Credit for the meme of course goes to :iconfox-orian:
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:iconspongebat1:
SpongeBat1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I can understand liking a person's art but not the person themselves (like you and John K). There's a guy called cartoonlover98 who makes some of the funniest YouTube Poops I've ever seen. Unfortunately, he's also a modern Nick and Family Guy hater, and a MrEnter fanboy.
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zamierstudio Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014   Artist
i love it :D
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:iconartguy47:
Artguy47 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
heres my updated version artguy47.deviantart.com/art/Ar…
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:iconartguy47:
Artguy47 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
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:iconartguy47:
Artguy47 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
John K seems biased towards most modern animation
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Sonicluvr5 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nintendo but not Sega?
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:iconfinkybeatnik:
finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional
Really kool stuff, great cartoon insp.
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TechnicolorKeegan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Filmographer
What's wrong with John K? I talk to him sometimes, he's a great guy.
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Riiiiiiggghht........
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:icontechnicolorkeegan:
TechnicolorKeegan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Filmographer
What's wrong?
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh, nothing... Just look up stories of John K. acting intolerant towards modern animation and being a jerk to people who enjoy what he doesn't like. It's best you hear about it before it actually happens to you.
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TechnicolorKeegan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Filmographer
Oh, I didn't know voicing opinions was considered such a crime nowadays. I think he knows well enough about animation (considering he's lived and breathed it for years) that he deserves to voice such "harsh", "intolerant" opinions. I like to think of them as "knowledgeable", because I know he knows what he's talking about.

If you don't like what he says, don't hold it against him. It's like hating someone for their religious beliefs. You may disagree, but who the fuck cares! It doesn't make him less of a person, he's still a great guy (which I know from experience), and a great artist (which I think everyone can admit).
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Coonfoot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
You don't really get it. It's not what he likes or dislikes that bothers me. It's the way he expresses those likes and dislikes. He'll shun and insult anyone who doesn't think his way. He's the one who sees other people voicing their own opinions a crime.
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Artguy47 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
i have my problems with most modern animation too but there are some i like
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TechnicolorKeegan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Filmographer
He never insults anyone, I pretty much read his blog comments when I'm totally bored. It's the people who disagree with him who are always throwing the punches. He'll make a post about something like... "Animaniacs" for example. He'll point out what he thinks about it, and give the facts straight up. Then there will be the 90's kids (which I am also, I'm just not nostalgia-blind) who bash him for soiling the sanctity of such a "great" cartoon. Then John will come in and explain his point, and then there will be more "you doo-doo poppy head u just hate evry modern thing lollol".

Even though he likes Cow & Chicken, The Gorillaz, Genndy Tartakovsky, etc.

Never once have I seen him shun anyone for having a differing opinion. You are faced with the burden of proof, my friend.
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Artguy47 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
plus he likes Uncle Grandpa and im just gonna say that cartoon is shit IMO
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Whatever... You just don't know the REAL him. But fine. Defend him. I guess SOMEONE has to these days.

Interesting you brought up Animaniacs. I heard one (now former) fan of his met him at a convention in hopes of getting an autograph or picture. However, this person was wearing an Animaniacs T-shirt and because of this, John acted sour towards the fan the whole time. The fan tried being nice, but no. K's "great" attitude was simply thrown off by a T-shirt of something he didn't like.

Not everything he writes about is even based on "fact." A lot of this non-tutorial posts are just biased personal views against stuff he hates. He tries backing thing up with smart-sounding evidence, but I know better.

Look up what others REALLY think of him and how he REALLY acts in real life. Go on. See for yourself if you don't believe me.
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zadrhinablood Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
INVADER ZIM YAY
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:iconthe-man-of-tomorrow:
The-Man-Of-Tomorrow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this! I know now JUST what to give you for your birthday!
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lukio5000 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Cool.
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spongefan12 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
OMG i love those nicktoon artists and rareware :excited:
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
You know Wyatt's got a Formspring where you can ask him questions.
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Neat.
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IronBloodAika Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Ask him stuff! XD
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DaemonKing Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
very nice influence chart especially on teen titans and invader zim as those are two of my faves XD
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GloomyOversoul Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Everything here is a wonderful influence! Another RareWare over!! That's weird. I love The Mighty B! too. Looney Tunes cold be a bigger influence, tho.
And what do you mean you have Ren and Stimpy as an influence and not John K.?
I mean, he IS a dick and an angry bitter old man, but a big chunk of his cartoon principles are really great.
Have you seen anything by Katie Rice?
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Coonfoot Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Like I mentioned, the size of the infuences vary on some days, meaning Looney Tunes could be bigger at one point. I'm just glad I was part of the generation of kids who still had LT on the air to watch, because their humor and characters really helped shape my style back then.
And you basically answered the question about John K. for me. He IS a dick. However, some of his principles, like you said, are great. I hate the man, but love his work. Odd.
I have seen Katie Rice's work, thanks for asking. She did work on The Mighty B! and I already had that and "A Lot of Nicktoons Artists" on the map, so putting her on there would be redundant.
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DarkCosmoMX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Do you like the penguins?
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Coonfoot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, but the panel there says "cartoony CGI," so it's not just the penguins that go there. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs... Despicable Me... ANY Blue Sky film... Whatever qualifies that entertains me.

"Cartoony CGI" just shows how far animation has come in that style. People argue a lot about hand-drawn vs. CGI (why can we just have both, though?), but this CGI changed what the style can and can't do compared to hand-drawn, which is impressive to me.
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DarkCosmoMX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
I jusk asked for the image, but I agree with your words. :)
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Coonfoot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh. Thanks.
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Nicktoongrl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Cool |D
Where's the blank for this? o:
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Fox-Orian has the source, being the starter of the meme and all. The link to that page is in the description.
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Nicktoongrl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thanks c:
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:iconthe-man-of-tomorrow:
The-Man-Of-Tomorrow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU LIKE DOUG TENNAPLE TOO?!
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:iconcoonfoot:
Coonfoot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Indeed! I just recently got into an Earthworm Jim state of mind, watching, playing, and looking at anything related to the franchise. It's so hilariously absurd and I love it!
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