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INFLUENCE MAP by arnistotle INFLUENCE MAP by arnistotle
I saw this on several deviantart pages, and I thought it would be fun to do one myself, so here are my influences:

Akira Toriyama: Dragonball
Dragonball takes the first place on my list because it's basically what got me into drawing in the first place. I was visiting Hong Kong and my uncle brought my brother and I to see a Dragonball movie in the theatre. It was the one with Coola, Freeza's bro. The action blew me away. I was all about DBZ from then on. My brother and I would draw our own DBZ comics all day. One clarification though - I only watched the DBZ movies and read the manga, I was never really into the TV series. Anyway, Dragonball kick-started my love for drawing action poses, and my love for manga.

I couldn't put CAPCOM in my list without singling out each individual artist who influenced me. Each of them are just huge powerhouses who deserve their own mention. These guys changed the face of pop art in the 90's and their influence is still felt today. From Begus' fluid anatomy in his SF Alpha sketches to Ikeno's keen sense of martial arts posing. Edayan's groundbreaking sense of style in his Rival Schools stuff to Kinu, who basically cemented Street Fighter into pop culture with her illustrations for the orignal SFII series. Of course, let's not forget Akiman, the original godfather, creator of iconic characters such as Chun Li.

Eiichiro Oda: One Piece
My favourite comic, which I've read every week for 8 years. Although when I was introduced to One Piece, my most impressionable years as an artist had already passed. I love the way Oda can spin such epic stories, create such comedic moments, and also have such unique character designs in his work.

Hiroaki Samura: Blade of the Immortal
Speaking of impressionable years, a big chunk of mine was spent copying samura's work in Blade of the Immortal. I was amazed the first time I saw his pencilwork, and the way he framed his panels. His portrayal of the human body is unrivaled in his field.

Squaresoft: Final Fantasy Series
The pic I chose is the North American boxart for FFIII (or FFVI in Japan, and also later NA releases), but all of the games in this series had a huge impact on my art. Especially the games on SNES and PSX.

Studio Ghibli
I didn't write "Miyazaki", although he is the creative mind behind all of Ghibli's works, because I really think that the studio as a whole should be applauded for creating such inspiring films over the past 30 years. Nausicaa really imprinted itself into my childhood, it was like somewhere I wanted to be, more than anything.

Joe Madureira
I first saw Joe's work when I started getting into X-Men in the late 90's. No one was doing what he was doing at the time, and after all the artist's he's influenced over the years, he is still unrivaled in creating dynamic baddass imagery.

Frank Miller
The Dark Knight Returns is my favourite graphic novel, and probably the one that I've read the most times. I first bought my copy in highschool, and at that time, it was already the 10th anniversary edition. An epic that stands the test of time, and Frank Miller's best work. I'm also a big fan of his Sin City series.

Jet Li
Bruce Lee may be the greatest martial arts icon of all time, but I grew up watching Jet Li movies. His Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon a Time in China really influenced the way I think of action poses and dynamic character presence.

Oekaki PaintBBS
It's weird to put a program in my list of influences, but this one really helped me develop as an artist. From having an awesome community of artists online to cross critique with, to forcing you to understand color theory with it's somewhat limited interface, Oekaki was a big help to me as a budding artist.

Otomo Katsuhiro: AKIRA
Watching Akira for the first time when I was 12 really messed me up. It opened up so many doors to creativity, stuff I didn't even know was possible.

FLCL, Gainax
FURIKURI was a huge inspiration through college for me. Not only in learning the principles of animation, but in character design and color. Evangelion was another big one that Gainax made which really influenced me.

Udon started as a group of inspired people, and it continues to grow as such. Without the friends I've made in Udon, I would never have been able to become the artist I am today.

Sheridan College
Finally, it's hard to mention my influences as an artist without mentioning my Alma Mater. I graduated in Classical Animation at Sheridan, a course that hammered into me the anatomy of the human body through countless night of life drawing. Also, animation really helped me loosen my drawing, and helped me to visualize characters in motion. Even though I probably had the worst attendance in my year (next to nJoo of course), I still learned a ton from my 3 and a half years there.

So that's it. I didn't think I'd end up typing this much, but it was fun. It really helped me remember who I am and where I came from. I urge everyone to do the same :)
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EATsukoB Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist
If u like One Piece that much then let me introduce My One Piece Story MOPS to you, please!

:D (Big Grin)

My One Piece Fanarts :)…
iqra3d Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I am searching a person who draw good sprites please feel free to contact me
Arcane100 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifull work :D
can i ask a question? if i drawing a print, and i ink this, how i can color whitout copic or digital? but ever in manga style
j-krumweed Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
FLCL is an inspiration to us all. :XD:
wazuka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
85% common influence...why do I suck so hard??!!
lifesspark Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
what is an influence map?
SiriJackflash Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Collecting this.
SiriJackflash Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Not angry. Misclick. Typing with one hand not recommended.
Scilentor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Hmm.. based on that, i think you might like the style of the creator of the manga "Berserk"
beardswin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
oh sad, none of them :< Tatsuya Yoshikawa

his own influences include akiman
beardswin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
This is a great concept!

I have a question though, which concept artist did the BOF games?

He's my absolute favorite
Ubermonster Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow man, I think I will just steal everything you wrote.. lol
but I would probably have to add all the monster movies I have watched, but yeah I will definitely do this
exercise, it's good to remember this stuff...
CHOWZ Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
This is everything I would put if I had a map. Only I'd put you in there too somewhere, but then you already mentioned UDON.
1pencilTHIEF Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
ONEEEEEEE PIECE, ur work kicks butt from the inside
chamakoso Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hiroaki Samura... of course, of course. Now I can see.
Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Capcom's artist are SO fucking amazing. I bouth "The Art of Street Fighter" book and I keep staring ate many single pages for like 20 minutes. It's really amazing.
Benlo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
DanteND0 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Jet Li ! :heart:
He is my best, my master :33
pirateneko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great influences! It makes me happy to see how many artists have been inspired by Eiichiro Oda. He really is a brilliant artist, and I mostly love the fact that he loves doing what he does =)
Vratliff Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Great Influence Map!
koosha Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is a great idea Arnold! Thanks for sharing! :)
You're one of those who inspire me too!
protodevilin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Dude, Mugen no Jyunin is the most exquisite graphic novel series I've ever read. Well played, sir.
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was beginning to think that I was the only one that started with/because of it :clap:
thewillofb Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
surprised to not see ashley wood on here!
DirtyDre Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
shout outs to Sheridan :) :)
peterete Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Spidermancrd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010 to create your own Inspiration Collection of images!
YanYu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
I love all your influences, seriously.
well, all i know about sheridan is that its a good school and many animators I know study there
YanYu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010


ajfdjfhsjdk <3
JayCholo6one7 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what chapter of one piece is that pic from? oda ftw!!!
Zinfer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
One Piece and studio ghibli i can relate to ^_^ cool
wolfpox Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Hell yeah Eiichiro Oda!
IronLion82 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
So how do I do one of these?
Chrono-King Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Teben-the-Every Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Great to see these from so many people. Looks like we've got a good number of inspirations in common!
bengjie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is one of my favorite ones i've seen!
Hells-Blood Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
7 of my influences here!
PendoX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Nothing APB related :o
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
C'mon man, FLCL is way bigger than that; That was playing at your apt 24 / 7 when ever i came over.
Batuxa Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   Filmographer
JET LI!!!!
reydelfenix Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student
It's cool if you to show us all of your influences, thanks.
sento0815 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
ff3 <3 ^^
Virus-AC Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Joe mad and studio gibli!
-I watch their movies almost like every week with mum and dad <--*even they have no idea what anime is*, it's like a week routine in our family //we never get bored :D
Neffo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Jet Li! :dummy:
axcy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for bringing Daigo Ikeno to my attention! I always loved his work but never knew that guys name...
MichaWha Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Dragon Ball <3
ZEBES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist
when I noticed you posted an influence map, I thought "maybe he'll make a separate box for each capcom artist"... I wasn't too far! :D

Awesome influences, of course :nod:
yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great collage..
jameslink Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was Sheridan expensive? How many years did you go? I'm kind of local to the area and I pass by there all the time (brampton campus). Not sure if I should try to get in or not. That's the only thing I can see myself getting into as far as school is concerned.
OneLessPerson Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
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