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*