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THE INFLUENCE MAP by LeSeanThomas THE INFLUENCE MAP by LeSeanThomas
Here's a pretty cool exercise i ran across since im too busy ( and lazy ) to scan and up new goodies. A cool guy named Fox-Orian upped a pretty fun template called the " INFLUENCE MAP," a fun page where you grab various images of people, places or things that have influenced you as an artist creatively. Making this was a nightmare, because its not a fair cover of what influences me, but these are pretty profound in my development as an artist within the last 25 years and as a growing professional.


HIP HOP - do i even need to speak on this one?

CAPCOM - Ever since the video games, Capcom has left an impact on my collective, creative consciousness. The artists behind such amazing games they've created has fueled and influenced my work greatly.

IMAGE COMICS - Image comics forming in the early 90s shattered my concept of the comicbook artist. It showed me that big talented creators slaving away at a big publisher can give them the finger, go on their own and make their own universes and be successful with their own IPs. They've since left their influence on me, as i've no desire to draw comic books for the big 2 anytime soon. GO INDIES!!!

MIYAZAKI - Words cannot express the profound impact on me as a dreamer that Miyazaki has had on me as an aspiring creative and artist. Like so many millions, Miyazaki -sensei has shown us by example what hard work and sticking to your guns can achieve. You could even say i moved to Korea to work alongside animators here just to capture a concept of what it would be like...even if its next door to Japan, lol.

KATSUHIRO OTOMO - His comics were eye fucks. But it was his directorial debut that helped change everything i considered "cool" about animation and straight up balls in storytelling in the moving picture genre at the time.

TAKESHI KOIKE - A major influence on my work in the last 6 years. My Idol, second only to another i'll name below... This guy is who i wanna be when i grow up. His un compromising vision and distinct style is what sets him apart from his peers. I only hope to accomplish half of what this guy has. Cannot wait for RED LINE!

KAZUTO NAKAZAWA - Another phenomenal influence on my work. I gravitated towards this guy when he was animation supervisor on FATAL FURY: THE MOTION PICTURE. Since then he's been a favorite at studio 4c and his works on Samurai Champloo, Kill Bill , Final Fantasy among others has continued to motivate me to stay on my grind.

YOSHIYUKI SADOMOTO - My hands, wrists and necks are amalgamations of copied SADAMOTO EVANGELION stylings. Evangelion changed my whole approach to simplification in design ( you can see the progression in NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS ). Sadamoto-san will always be a major influence on my development.

THE BOONDOCKS - I know i worked on this, but it was in that experience that influenced my thought process on African American Leads in animation and was the very epitome of my approach and what i stand for visually, combining my culture with my love of my cultures music and japans visual influence. It directly affected my path which brings me to where i am now. I'll never forget this project.

YUTAKA NAKAMURA - My IDOL. He is THE ONE. Nobody touches him. IMO the greatest Japanese animator in Japan. look him up if you dont know * COUGH* COWBOY BEBOP MOVIE FINAL FIGHT/SWORD OF THE STRANGER FINAL FIGHT*COUGH* I dream of working with him or meeting him, or breathing next to him...someday.

JOE MADUREIRA - come on, really? Do we even need to get into this guy? He's in his own LANE. Lol.

TOKYO - A city and culture I've chased for 25 years. A direct impact on me as an artist and exposed me to the aesthetic and career i'm immersed in. Can't wait to go back...

SQUARESOFT - A cornerstone to my creative aspirations and influence on me as a comic artist and creative. years and years of great entertainment and character development has shaped my influences to this day....now if only i can shake it off, lol.

FLCL - This anime changed me again in 1999. it didnt hit the states till about 2003 but i had already seen the series 50 times by 2000. Another major impact on my voice creatively and another example of killing conventions visually and creatively. A classic.


*ORIGINAL MAP TEMPLATE BY FOX- ORIAN HERE*

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blackenedhonestyart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I love this idea and well done! I too share a love for Squaresoft. ;]
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Cesaron Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can dig it
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ayomide1997 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Btw red line was brilliant ........the only downside about it was the ending didn't make any sense
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed
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Mali-B Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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dontay15 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
i like that, i hope you dontmind that i take (what i assume is your original idea) this and do my own, its very interesting to say the least
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Miraclekid92 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're a real inspiration sir
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brittkay Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
What do you think of Kenichi Yoshida's work? Here's his blog. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIS EXPRESSION. [link]
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Fantasytraveler Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so you worked on the boondocks?
does that mean you help with that new movie think like man act like a lady
If so, GOOD JOB XD
it was a nice surprise
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imanrashad Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i made a influence map and your work is on it. we have allot of common influences also.
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jazzderry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
i like the copncept-especially since I'm no artist just a lover
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Ac015 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ow wow..New Fan..Actually I just entered the comic book world and have been studying Joe mad the most....you know it think It'll make your day cause Joe brought me here..On his Face book page he said he love this guy's work so I had to look ..Awesome work by the way ^^
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KazuAC Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
This map is very inspiring for me, except for the hip-hop part. In fact it makes my map look crap. I've never heard of Koike or Nakamura (that's because I didn't pay attention when I was younger).
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. Hip hop influences everything in pop culture i believe. Your map is cool too. I've never hear of Jesus creating the universe, though. I thought that was God's handy-work and created just jesus later to be his messenger (but that's because i didnt pay attention in bible study when i was younger).
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estrellavega Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Wow! Thanks for introducing me to the art of KAZUTO NAKAZAWA. I've seen and liked his work for a while but didn't know who was behind it. Say, any idea if he has an art book out?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
not that i know of. but he does have some artbooks of the projects he's personally worked on in TV

Final Fantasy: Unlimited
[link]

Samurai CHamploo artbook:
[link]

good luck!
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estrellavega Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Thanks a bunch for the links! :)
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Braise Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you for giving me his name! YUTAKA NAKAMURA! Full metal alchemist! Wrath's battle with Gluttony in Conqueror of Shamballa is by far one of the most visceral and intense scenes I've ever watched, period. The devil is in the details. Shoot, almost every awesome anime fight scene I can think of was probably in part made by this guy. Sword of the Stranger, Soul Eater, Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, Gurren, G Gundam! Skill! Timing! This man has it in spades!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
CHeck out my Journal for some more of my rampant Nakamura gushings. He's just that good. Nobody has been on him in the states for a long while. But he's all i've ever studied since '97.
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Hero-zeros Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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tubamilk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
funny how your map is no too different from mine. nice art bro, keep it up and God bless!
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I-ray Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
I wish artists influenced by anime paid attention to key animators. it's always just manga artists and the art styles of individual shows, but very rarely do you see anyone list people like Yutaka Nakamura. Sword of the Stranger's final battle was so good, I rewatched it a bajillion times and it still gets me just as pumped. it's almost to Nakamura's career what the Harmageddon fire dragon is too Kanada's career (in that it's the one thing I keep coming back to and never get tired of).
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Braise Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist
Nakamura's so versatile. The films he's worked on as a key animator are very diverse and very different in style, but he makes it work regardless. He's an artist's artist, that's for sure.
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crimson2113 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
FLCL! lol
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
What, no Disney? Great idea though, now I have to do one of these!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I missed Don Bluth, too.
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
secret of nimh!!
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TaNk2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Ah, who could forget Nakamura. I agree with all of those influences too, though I didn't soak'em in enough,lol.
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wuzCraCCin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Tight!
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Word
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Pascal-D Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
I just looked up Yutaka Nakamura, and I found out he did that first fight scene in the Escaflowne movie. I remember how I feel in love with that scene when I first saw it, it wowed me and to see that he inspires you shows that only the best learn from the best.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Nakamura did the final fight in SWORD OF THE STRANGER too!

And the final fight between Spike and Vincent in Cowboy Bebop: the Movie.

And all of the insane fights in SOUL EATER. He's a STUDIO BONES cornerstone of quality!

He's a GENIUS.

...and I'm such an unapologetic fanboy, lol!!!
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Andres-Blanco Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
great influences, i just noticed nakamurad did many of the most incredible scenes in my memory, for example the little part when two mechas fight in the escaflowne opening, wow, that type of stuff broke up my mind in the 90' and put me in what i'm now ( if is bad o good i don't know xD ) love your influences man!.
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adony Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great lit, indeed. I totally agree with you on "Sword of the Stranger". An amazing film with awesome ending duel.
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salahh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
excellant idea XD; i m sur you like cowboy bep bop animation ; you forgot it
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
bebop didnt impact me. But Lupin the 3rd did....which is what bebop is inspired from. :-)
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salahh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
yes right, but talking about bebop the movie kazuto nakazawa worked on it as animation director , so it's some kind of samourai champloo style too ^^
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
To my knowledge, Nakazawa-san didnt touch Knocking on Heaven's Door. The only notable animation directors on Knockin on Heaven's Door, are Ando-san, Toshihiro kawamoto ( character designer and animation supervisor for the series and animation director on the movie ) Kenichi Yoshida-san, Yutaka Nakamura-san ( my idol/final fight between Spike and Vincent)

If Nakazawa-san was on staff for that movie, i would've known about it. But you may be right.
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salahh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
sorry i made a confusion : it's watanabe who worked on sam chomplo with kazuto ; you are right ; sur you know more details than me about it XD; anyway the best figthing scene i have seen is the animation part in kill bill
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codeart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
great map, no doubt.
Among all those good influences i'd have to emphasize my fav, takeshi koike! You mentioned Red Line, and for the trailers, id bet my life it will be one of the best animations ill ever see in my life.
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TIMISDEATH2ALL Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
damn i miss squaresoft...vagrant story is the shit
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juantomajok Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Agree...wish they did a sequel for ps3 sometime, but I don't think so.
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:iconleseanthomas:
LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Squaresoft made the best games. Square enix is but a shadow of a company's glory days!
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TIMISDEATH2ALL Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hell yea...i swear square fell in the shitter
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donaldgeorge Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great idea. i wonder if it was difficult to pinpoint your influences? i'm going through a period of artistic self evaluation, so this aught to be helpful. thanks!
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3Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
this is deep for artist.
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kidneo66 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
a very wide range indeed. impressive as always.
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